I recently met a Stortster rider who told me he uses OxyClean in his gas tank. He says it Oxygenates the gas helps keep the carburator, plugs and everything else clean, and stops that anoying sputtering,popping thing that all Sportsters do. Has anyone ever heard of this(or done it)?My husband thought it sounded crazy,but just thought I'd ask.
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Re: OxyClean in the gas tank?
Maybe being that he was a "Stortster rider" that's why he used it?
I wouldn't put anything like that in the tank. No telling what results you may get when it contacts the parts in the system. Possible he was pulling your leg?
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Remove the instrument console and the front and rear mounting bolts and then the instrument wiring and the overflow hose and the fuel line at shut off valve making sure the valve is "OFF" and drain the tank and then remove the crossover hose at one side and plug line and hose and then disconnect fuel gauge connector at left side of frame under the tank.
Best as I can remember, the Low Rider comes with a 3 3/4 gallon fuel tank doesn't it? You should be getting between 45 - 50 mpg depending on your driving style. Since your bike if fuel injected, you'll need to take it to a dealer or an independent shop to get the problem analyzed.
From Orig Owners Manual on how-to : Read carefully and hope it helps.
Fuel tank cap To remove the fuel tank cap 1. Push the levers on the left and right side of the rider seat backrest as shown and slide the rider seat backrest forward. 2. Insert the key into the lock, and then turn it 1/4 turn clockwise. The lock will be released and the fuel tank cap can be opened To install the fuel tank cap 1. Insert the fuel tank cap into the tank opening with the key inserted in the lock. 2. Turn the key counterclockwise, and then remove it. 3. Slide the rider seat backrest rearward and push it down. NOTE: @ The fuel tank cap cannot be installed unless the key is in the lock. In addition, the key cannot be removed if the cap is not properly installed and locked
To install the rider seat
1. Insert the projection on the front of
the rider seat into the seat holder
2. Place the rider seat in the original
position, and then tighten the bolts
Make sure that the seat is properly secured
3. Return the rider seat backrest to
the original position
Every rider and ride is different. It depends on the rider and the type of riding you are doing. High speed riding reduces your range. If it needs tuned up you get fewer kms per tank. If you are hammering it you will get fewer miles, etc.
Why did you have new carbs installed? If the new ones have bigger throats, there might not be sufficient air velocity to pick up fuel when accelerated. The starter problem sounds like the over-running clutch on the starter shaft has oil on it or the chain from the starter to the engine is off/broken. The whine is due to the starter being unloaded and trying to self-destruct from over-revving.