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I need to balance the carbs on my 1988 GL 1500 what is the procedure to do this?

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This is called synchronizing the carbs and requires special gages to do this  

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My GW is running rich and sounds as if is sputtering. what could be the trouble?

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Get yourself a manometer and balance the carbs then see if that makes a difference.

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How to remove carburator from a gl 1500

First the false fuel tank has to be remove. Once remove the air filter has to be removed. Underneath the filter is I believe four screws that have to be removed. This exposes the carbs. Remove all lines hoses and cables and behold.

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I have a gl 1500goldwing i smell gas when i park it for about an hour or so bike runs fine cant see gas anywhere help plz

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Not sure what you mean by a slide moving, but it sounds like a carb based issue. Carb balancing needs to happen at idle, like most people know, but ALSO at 2500 or so, actuated by throttle control. Balancing at the higher speed makes your machine run tons better and last longer.

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1988 honda gl 1500 with 100,000 miles make a squeel in gear but gos away when clutch is pulled in.

can you be more specific? while in gear and moving?

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Misfire on low rew GL 1500

Carbs need to be balance, synchronize..

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