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Old 11-02-2012, 11:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am going to be cleaning the carb on the 1100 Aero this weekend. Any sugestions or tricks?
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Work with a manual, so you can get the setting and adjustments correct. Go slow, plan for this to be a day long project, most of that time spent watching football. While the cargs soak. Remove pilots and choke, BEFORE cleaning. DO NOT separate the carbs from each other, BUT do check and adjust the buttler flies. Avoid using carb cleaner on the soft parts, they melt. Do not poke or pic with anything made of steel, use wood toothpics or copper wire. Flush the supply, tank to float bowls and repace or clean all filters. Make notes/pics of jet sizes, unless you KNOW they are stock. Take pics though out the process, just so you can remember where everything goes and such. A little vasoline on the boots makes instalation take minutes instead of hours of cussing, and removing and resetting of floats.
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Old 11-03-2012, 02:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I cleaned the carbs on my 96 VT1100 a month or so ago. I used 50/50 Pinesol and water. I took the carbs apart as far as the jets and floats. Left them attached together and placed them in a pan of solution. The pan was heated with a hot plate to about 120 deg and let them soak for about 3 hours. I then rinced them in fresh water until they appeared clean,. I then soaked again for 1 hour in fresh water on the hot plate. Rinsed it again with fresh water and blew them dry with air. I ran a torch tip cleaner thru the jets before reinstalling them.

They work great now. Total cost was about $10 for Pinesol.
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