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I think my carb is gummed up or the jets are plugged. whats the best way to clean this without removing the entire carb or is there no easy way

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The only way to properly clean is to remove and disassemble. However if you are just a victim of bad gas, a shot of carb cleaner down the fuel line will remove fuel that has gelled in the jet. Know if the clog is more serious, drain the carb bowl, and fuel tank. Pour some Chevron "TECRON" directly into the carb, mix a Shock Treatment ( about a third of cup in one gallon of gas)and put in tank. Start the bike just enough to **** into jets, and let sit overnight.Drain the carb bowls and restart the bike. let it idle or drive it slowly for five minutes. this will usually take care of minor clogs.When bike is idling or running better drive to gas station and fill the tank. Drive the shock treatment through the bike(100 plus miles), this should clean up the entire engine. If the techron does not clean the carbs in 5 to 10 minutes of running time, you will have to take them apart to clean them properly. Use Chevron "Techron" not Chevron "Fuel sytem cleaner with Techron". Techron is more concentrated.

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