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Hey guys,

I signed myself up to help a friend get his old bike running and ended up with nothing but problems.

So what I did first was:

- New spark plugs
- Emptied out the old fuel by pulling the fuel line off the petcock and draining it all out. The fuel was almost a RED color.
- I took off the carbs and cleaned them. The notorious air box boots were all dried out and needed replacing. As most probably know, you can't find them anywhere.


So my issues are, the bike will not start. I am getting fuel to the carbs but it does not want to start. When I shot some starting fluid into one of the spark plug holes, I would get a sputter but nothing after that. Ive determine I'm not getting fuel somewhere.

I drained the carb bowls and I had fuel in them but again, no start????


Any ideas?? Im going nuts here. I wish I could bring myself to walk away from it but Ive never been a quitter.

Any help is appreciated
Hi,

I have the same bike and I went through a lot of stuff before I got it to run. Mine was sitting for 5-6 years so I had to do the following:

1. New air, fuel, and oil filters.
2. Flushed Radiator, gas tank, and the reserve gas tank
3. Replaced spark plugs
4. Removed the carb and cleaned it completely
5. Replaced float valves in the carb
6. Replaced slow and main jets in the carb
7. Replaced Choke valves

If you tell a little about the history of the bike I can tell you more details.
 

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Make sure there is no electric issue. For example, do you actually get sparks on the plugs? That would mean bad coils. There is a way to check the coils if you have the Honda manual, using a voltmeter.

On my bike, the choke valves were totally gummed up in the carb. They are attached to cables that goes to the choke and attach to the side of each carb. There is no reason to change them if you could easily remove them (by unscrewing the rubber cover around them) when you removed the carb. So no worries there. By the way there are extremely difficult to find, even on ebay. I got lucky.

The jets on my bike looked clean and un clogged but I found out that is not the case until I used a thin wire and pushed it through the jets. That opened them up completely and only then the bike would run nicely. I decided to replaced the jets anyway as they are not that expensive and BikeBandit or Partzilla do carry the OEM.
 
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