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I smelled gas during the last couple of rides. Turned out the auto fuel valve was leaking. This unit sits in front of the gas tank cap. I checked the fuel lines and am sure the leak does not come from the fuel lines. Questions: What is the function of this Auto Fuel Valve? and is it easy to replaced? If I order the new valve, can I just pop out the old one and put in the new one? I do not want to leave the bike at the dealer and have to arrange rides to drop off and pick up bike. My bike is a 2000 1500SE. Thanks for your advise/comments.
 

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Hello HPham,Sounds like you can handle the repair.You can put a new diapraghm in the valve,or as i have read on here,a lot of people have eliminated the valve completely with no adverse effects,or driveability issues.
 

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You can rebuild the valve yourself. I got my kit from Venco Wings, Jim Veene great people to do business with Phone#866-648-3626
If I remember right the kit runs about $30.00 plus or minus a few buck. Took me maybe 1 1/2 hours.
Good luck
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It's not a difficult job. Just watch when you open the two halves. You'll want to be aware of which side the spring goes on and the position of the little nipple on the diaphragm. When I opened mine things just kind of fell out. Had to figure things out myself.
Best of luck.
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Repair kit came today. Spent total 2 hours, about one hour to remove the valve and put in the new parts; the other hour was for putting other motorcycle panel, seat back in place. Have not taken bike on the road for test yet but idling 5-10 minutes did not get any leak. Consider a success. Thanks to all. Hai
HP: If the weather looks good, let's ride this weekend. How about a ride down Crest Hill road to Flint Hill on 522. Grab a burger and ice tea at the Pub and be home by dinner time ?
 

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AAAAAhhh that's what I like to hear a success storey. Glad everything worked out well for you. Hope you get to go for that ride with Chopin, it's supposed to be wet around here the rest of the week.
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Chopin, it's 50/50 that I can do a several-hour ride this weekend on Sunday morning. If I can't, I still like to meet you some day since you are right here in town.
It's always 50/50. I can go or I'm not allowed to go. It doesn't have to be a several hour ride. Could meet at the 7-11 at the junction of 15 and 234, head west on Waterfall Rd ( 601 ) to Marshall, and then blow some carbon deposits off the pistons back down 66. An hour ride tops. And all before the late morning prayer services are over.
 

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If it's not raining I'll be there at 8:57.
HPham, It is my experiance that he will probably be there at about 9:10. He's usually late & blames GPS.:D
 

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That's just plain re-duct-ulous my friend.
 

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Choose wisely gentlemen, 'tis the season of black ice at those temps. Even without the icing, m/c rubber gets pretty skittish on pavement that cold, traction is poor at best.
 

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Chopin, it's 32 degrees outside my house this morning (8am); frost on cars' windows. Tomorrow temp might be the same. I do not have heated gear, heated seat or grips. If it's cold like today, can we delay the ride a little, a couple of hours. My cell 703.801.5975.
Sorry to hear that. I have heated seats and grips. I was going to try and push the time back to 7:00 a.m. Ok, I'm not that tough either. How about 11:00. We should have the frost chipped off the windshield by them. I also was out today but around 2:00 p.m. Ran some errands in Vienna. With flannel lined jeans, turtleneck sweatshirt and leather jacket it was perfect.
 

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Chopin, was nice to ride with you. The planned one-hour ride turned into a wonderful 3-hour ride. Where did you meet Don? He followed you to 7-11? He surely knew some beautiful routes around here. When I ride with my club in Leesburg, the leader rides on left side of the lane, the rest of the riders in staggered positions. Don stayed on the right the whole time, throwing me off some. See you around.
I was as confused as you were with the line up.
 
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