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Gas in oil
Well I thought I would share this with you all. I started the bike first time of the season mid May or so. Started right up first crank (not normal) for this old wing. Wow, what a bike I thought to myself sat for almost 8 months and fired right up. I let it run a bit and shut it down, came back out to the garage and found a good size puddle of gas by the side stand. I pulled the dip stick and smelled gas. Anyway, ended up pulling the side flaring and took out the flot bowl drain screw on each cab, shot a little carb clearner in and followed it with a shot of air about 80psi. Changed the oil and filter and it seems ok except for a tick from the right side (new). Hoping I did not bend a lifter rod. :YMPRAY: Stuck float I'm sure, let you know what happens. Oh I forgot to turn off the gas shutoff when I parked it.
#1 05-28-2012, 02:19 PM,
Best wishes on fixing it up! Would be best to pull the carbs, clean them out and replace the float needles / seats.

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#2 05-28-2012, 02:33 PM,
Agree. This is a hell Mary for sure. I have never removed the cabs or rebuilt one, so it would be all new for me. I would rebuild all 4 if Idid do it.
#3 05-28-2012, 02:46 PM,
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#4 05-28-2012, 03:27 PM,
Thank you, I do plan to try a rebuild. I think I have the problem with the floats in check. Valves are rattling on the right side a bit, not liking the way they sound. Going to change the oil again.
#5 05-28-2012, 05:45 PM,
You are most welcome. If the oil change doesn't work it's not a major task to open the valve cover and remove the valve train to give it a thourough cleaning. Very tiny oil ports can get plugged starving the hydraulics causing your problem with the noise.
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
Founder of

#6 05-28-2012, 08:48 PM,
Again thanks. All is well I think I got real lucky. Tongue
#7 06-01-2012, 05:35 PM,
I would like to add make sure you turn your shutoff valve off at the end of the season. I did not and think it may have been the cause of this whole problem.
#8 06-01-2012, 05:40 PM,

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