My 87 kawasaki zl 600 has been, within the last year, tuned up with new spark plugs, wires, fuel lines, carbs & coolant flush...etc. now that i had just fixed the charging system, i'm trying to get the power that the bike should have to 100percent. right now it's running like the carb jets are gunked up and its not getting enough fuel. off and on it shows me it has the power it should, but then falls back to hesitation and lack of ''get up'' it ran fine, smooth and sounded good after warming up. but today i ran out of gas due to running rich? i dunno, it only had gone 90mi on a full tank. 3 gal shouldn't go that fast, yet i did warm it up 10-15 minutes before each ride, while idling at 1600-1800. after i switched to reserve tank, it has started to run like ****, knocking while at idle, which i have at 1400 now, even after filling up the tank with fresh gas and adding a second seafoam treatment in the tank. could this be what i think it is, just the bike trying to work out the **** that collected after sitting four years before i got it? please, anyone with any advice or suggestions as to the problem let me know what you think!!!!
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Hi, Diane the vast majority of service, parts fiche, and owners manuals on the internet are "FREE" to download and all service manuals contain wiring diagrams in the back pages. The rest usually charge a modest fee around $10 and there is a handful of obscure, rare, obsolete, and very old models that are no longer or never were available, for these rare occasions I shall look on eBay and find the cheapest one available. Most of the manuals will cover your exact make, model, and year otherwise one will be provided that comes as close as possible to your bike and will have most of the same info that an exact manual would have. If there is no $ sign after the manual link it is free to download for viewing or printing.
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when was the last time you did a complete tune-up? it could be a couple of problems, like a fouled spark plug, bad plug wire, or the distributor cap and rotor could be worn. your owners manual will suggest what grade of fuel to use. the 87 is the amount of octane in the fuel. the more the octane, the better it burns. if you haven't tuned the car up in at least 3 years, do it. while doing that, check your belts and hoses. 3 years or more, rubber does wear out under pressure and heat. while tuning up, don't forget the fuel filter, save your self a big headache later. hope this helps
Usually an indication of Bad fuel, needs a tune up or Slipped Timing. Most likely bad fuel or tune up depending on when the last time you replaced the plugs and wires was. If you have been using the 87 Octane low grade fuel that would cause this or if you happened to get some bad fuel at a station. The vehicle will run on 87 octane but was designed to have a minimum of 89 octane fuel, the mid grade. If you haven't replaced your spark plugs in the last 25,000 miles replace the spark plugs and wires. If you suspect the fuel is the issue you can get injector cleaner or Octane boost and add to a FULL tank of gas to clean it out.
Yes on the carbs. At this point, perhaps your best move would be:
inspect the burn marks of each sparkplug. This would be your basis which carb needs closer attention; very light brown - lean (too much air / too little fuel) or very dark - rich (too much fuel / too little air);
carb pull down, full dis-assembly. All non-rubber parts must be soaked in carb cleaner;
for the age of the bike, special attention on hoses ends that may have splits, cracks or just plain loose (fuel & vacuum);
carb sync even just to check / make sure all are even.
Incidentally, there is a California version of this year/model. For emission control purposes, performance has been toned down. With so many attachments to the fuel lines and vacuums, it is possible that there is a leak somewhere.