Carburetor Cleaning Series

A pictorial on how to clean GS carburetors

Most TGSR readers are ready and willing to work on their bikes. Often times they find themselves trying to do something and not having all the information needed to get a job done. Because of this, John Bloemer took the time to put together a pictorial showing what he did to disassemble his carbs and clean them. This goes step-by-step through the process and turns a complex task into something that is certainly manageable.

It is high recommended that you go through the whole series first to see what is involved in this process. You may find that you need to buy gaskets, O-rings, a "dip" kit etc. You don't want to get halfway through and find that you need to order a part.

You will be working with something that holds gasoline, so you want to make sure that you are working in a safe environment You don't want to be emptying fuel bowls while seated next to the furnace in your basement. As John states "follow all safety precautions and warning" and "read the manual" if you have any questions.

So roll up your sleeves and get ready to do some work. Your carbs are about to get a makeover!!!

Note: Bill Kingston has brought to my attention that the references to a Pilot Air Screw may be incorrect. He states that on these carbs they use a Fuel Flow Screw instead. This means that you are controlling fuel running through the passages with this adjustment, not air. So when turning the screw counterclockwise you are increasing fuel flow and when you turn it clockwise you decrease fuel flow.

Originally written by John Bloemer
Additional content by Frank Perreault