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My 1982 Honda v45 will not run without the choke on. It sat in the garage for years with old fuel in the tank. We drained the fuel, changed all the oils, etc and completely REBUILT all 4 carburetors. I bought 4 rebuild kits and everything was replaced. The bike takes a while to turn over (usually drain the battery trying to get it started) and once it runs, the choke must stay on. Any time you turn off the choke it dies. Any time you rev the throttle, it dies. We put in fresh, 93 octane premium gas too. Any suggestions?

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The slow jets and adjoining passageways are still dirty. As painful as it may be , take the carbs off and clean the slow circuit again or it will never idle. Double check the fuel pump is working properly and the fuel filter is not plugged. One time it took me four cleanings to get all four carbs working on a Suzuki that sat for five years. Also make sure none of the carburetor boots have developed rips from age.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010

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    Chris Campbell May 16, 2016

    ok, dont over look the reeds. gunked up, chipped, broken, or stuck reeds will cause running, starting, and idleing issues.

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    Chris Campbell May 16, 2016

    i had idling and starting issues due to broken reed gasket stuck in the reed valve and also issues with my bike losing all power and dieing on me while i rode the motorcycle



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