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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-08-2019, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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Just bought an 89 that stumbles off idle but runs great above 1700 rpm. Any and all suggestions about this are appreciated. Thanks!

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-08-2019, 03:58 PM
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Welcome to the forum and glad you already found an answer to your issue. Do you know when your timing belts were last replaced? This seems to be a critical item.

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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-09-2019, 06:38 AM
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-09-2019, 07:16 AM
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Welcome from the northern tier of PA. My first wing was an "89". Enjoy the forum and ride safe.

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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-09-2019, 09:47 AM
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Welcome Thomas. Over and above the belts, I'd get the carbs cleaned and synced.

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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-10-2019, 01:49 AM Thread Starter
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Timing belts were replaced at 45k. As far as getting the carbs cleaned and synched, any truth to the stories I've heard about Honda dealers refusing to work on Wings of this vintage?
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-10-2019, 01:52 AM
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-10-2019, 02:29 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the replies. I can definitely 'ride around' the stumble while I search for an independent place for service.
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-10-2019, 04:36 AM
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Not saying this is your answer but the very early Wings did have a somewhat inherent stumble, and some folks used this to work around it.


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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-10-2019, 10:51 AM
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Welcome to the group from a current 89 rider. I've lived around the low end stumble even though I don't like it and don't see an easy way to get around it except to play with the throttle a little on take off. My smooths out once I come off idle. I run seafoam once every month or two keeps it running smoother. Mine Wing has just over 148k miles on it and the belts were changed this spring, that did add some git up n go to the bike too.

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