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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-06-2016, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Easiest Way to Access the Carburetors

1989 GL1500 --- I need to remove my carbs and do a good cleaning. The pilot jets must be restricted or plugged, since the transition from idle up to where the main jets take over is very lean, with surging, misfiring, etc. I have overhauled carbs on numerous motorcycles, and that part, I am confident about.

My problem is: WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GET TO THE CARBS? Which fairings or covers are the easiest to remove? The manual says the: Fairing lower cover; and the Fairing Inner Cover.

Is it possible to reach the carbs by removing the top compartment cover and ignition switch cover? I wish I could find a "YouTube" video, but so far, no luck.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-06-2016, 06:17 PM
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The seat, radio, key panel, the right side fairing, this has to come off so you can get to that the screw that releases strap the hold the carb base in the rubber boot on the intake.
You are also going to need an at least 18 inch Philips head screw driver, to release the carbs from the boot and one of those mirrors on a stick helps.

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Did you try some carb cleaner like sea foam first to see if it helps clear the crap.
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I added SeaFoam to a tank of gas in a ratio of 1 ounce per gallon of gas, and ran that whole tank out. Have done about 225 miles, but so far, no appreciable difference. I read one procedure whereby they drained the fuel from the carbs; then poured SeaFoam directly in via the fuel line. Let the bike set for 24 hours; drained the Seafoam; ran more gasoline for a day or so; then repeated the procedure. They claimed it did the trick. Of course, not being able to get to the carbs will prevent me from doing this, until I get the fairings and panels off.

If I get the fairings off, then I might as well do the disassembly and thorough cleaning.

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Thanks for th information. So the top panels and right side only (not left) should help. Thanks again.
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It's the panel with the side marker light. It comes off from the light down.
You have to remove the edge trim by the compressor control also. Pop the lower panel under the radiator loose on the right side or take it off all together. Works best to pudh in on the center at the top of the panel, that brings the upper corners out so you can pop them out of the grommets.
I'll PM you my phone number if you want to talk about it.

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Thumbs up Carburetor Access

Special thanks to Ron Robertson who has not only supplied written instructions, but offered his phone number as well. We had a nice conversation yesterday morning.

I am happy to report that the carburetors are back on the motorcycle and it runs superbly. Extremely responsive; very smooth and quiet; no flat spots; no surging; instant acceleration; quick starting; and a huge increase in power. Wow what a difference.

Flash: The pilot jets were plugged with a piece of sand or hard material. I doubt it could have ever been dissolved with SeaFoam. I plan to use it occasionally just to keep things clean.

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As you told me, there is a band around the right side boot that connect the carbs to the intake manifold. The band has little prongs that keep them from slipping when you loosen the screws that tighten or loosen the bands. These screws can be accessed by using a very long Phillips screwdriver and sticking it through the side grills behind the cooling fans. Kinda like drilling a hole to China. There is a small port for the screwdriver, covered by a rubber plug. There is the same arrangement on the left side, and is accessed from the left side grills.

So now I feel qualified to help others to do this job. Thanks again. You guys are great!
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Way to go Bill Glad you got it worked out.
Enjoy the ride.

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Glad you got it all worked out. There are some great guys/ gals here with a lot of info.

Ron we here in Alabama feel slighted that you have not visited our great State. With all you have been too I don't know how you missed us.

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Glad you got it all worked out. There are some great guys/ gals here with a lot of info.

Ron we here in Alabama feel slighted that you have not visited our great State. With all you have been too I don't know how you missed us.
I've been to Alabama, It's Georgia and Florida I've missed in the S.E. corner. I fear my LONG distance riding days might be coming to an end.

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I've been to Alabama, It's Georgia and Florida I've missed in the S.E. corner. I fear my LONG distance riding days might be coming to an end.
Catch a flight to Tallahassee or Jacksonville, Florida. I'll ride over there to meet you and you can ride my bike to cover those two states.
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