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Getting a fuel dump

Bike sat for 2 yrs drained carbs, & tank filled with new gas starts right up give a liitle throttle and then get a fuel dump

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Sounds like you need to clean the carbs out, as they are probably gummed/varnished badly after sitting for 2 years.

Posted on Mar 08, 2009

  • Jonathan Moss Jul 27, 2013

    it's fuel injected

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< < READ CLOSELY > >
Be sure to put these two screws back in the same hole they came out of. IMPORTANT > do not tighten these two screws down. Only screw these in until they LIGHTLY seat. Now turn each screw one and one half turns outward. Put the rest of the
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If the inside of the tank is rusty then get a liquid liner.
Google “ kreem fuel tank liner “ or go to www.http://www.4secondsflat.com/Fuel_Tank_Sealer.html

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