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2005 gsxr 1000 sat with fuel in it for 1 year. Fuel turned thick and gummy. fuel pump quick working wont start. how do I clean this gummy and varnish stuff out of the fuel lines, tank, fuel injectors etc its clogged up everything.

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Cud use a solvent like acetone or paint remover--but 1st try a carb cleaner thats used when they are disasembled-ask ur local parts place--

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