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  1. Well I just got back from a ride after syncing the carbs, runs great so far. I will need to put the bodywork back on, Only time will tell if it is really fixed. Usually it runs great for a few hundred miles after taking the carbs apart and cleaning them. I will try to provide an update if I get over 500 miles with no issues. Really hoping for a good outcome because I am tired of tearing this thing apart. The only issues I can think of that might have been happening is the sealant I used to install the fitting on the fuel pump and the previous owners use of orange RTV to seal the petcock to the tank. When I took the old pump apart for inspection, I removed the fitting and some of the sealant I had used broke off in a piece. I sprayed some carb cleaner with acetone on it and it dissolved in a matter of seconds. Also, when removing the orange RTV on the petcock, it was difficult to remove. I sprayed some of the same carb cleaner on the RTV and while it didn't dissolve immediately, it sure let go of the metal pretty quick. Hoping this is what was causing the issue because I have eliminated both of those sources now. Thanks again for all the suggestions and encouragement so far. Hopefully this will be the end of the problems but I will let you all know either way.
  2. OK, it's been awhile since I had updated my progress... mostly because there hasn't been much progress. I did finally do some research into cleaning the rust out of the fuel tank. I had bought a tank liner kit (Kreem), but after reading a lot of negative reviews, I decided I would forgo doing it for now. I finally decided to go with muriatic acid. After using a gallon undiluted, I made sure to agitate the tank around off and on for about 2 hours. Afterwards I neutralized and rinsed with water and baking soda. After I got most of the water out of the tank, I poured some alcohol in the tank and drained it too so I could get most all of the water out as possible. That was followed up with a leaf blower in the opening for the fuel sender for about 10 minutes. Finally, I followed up with a good coating of WD-40 and drained the excess out. Hopefully this will last for awhile, now to start getting it put back together again. The weather here is already nice and been driving me nuts listening to everyone driving around on their bikes. At least I still have the trusty old CB750 to ride around on but its just not the same. Hopefully this does the trick, my wife has already said if it doesn't its probably time to get rid of the Venture. I attached some before and after pictures, so far it looks like it did a decent job.
  3. Just a quick update... decided to go ahead and drag myself out to the garage today and decide how I wanted to proceed. After much looking at the bike and trying to see how much work it was going to take to get the tank out, I started taking it apart in earnest. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. I took the luggage cases off the bike, took out the air system, and unplugged any wiring harness connectors I needed to so I could get the frame off the back of the bike. I did find the top left frame bolt was missing so that was concerning for sure. Now just to see if I have someone relatively local that cleans out tanks and treats them, or decide if I want to try to do this on my own. Pardon the mess in the garage, I didn't get it properly cleaned out and took these photos before putting up my tools that were strewn about the work area, along with leaves that had blown in yesterday when loading up some stuff.
  4. OK just a quick update, still working on this issue. Slowly but surely. I did notice something strange but maybe of no consequence but figured it would be worth noting. The first photo I had shared awhile back. It didn't mention anything about it as it looked to me as if someone had applied a lot of sealant quite sloppily between the petcock and the tank. I didn't think more about it until I had dried out the tank with a heater and blew it our with compressed air. The next picture was after blowing out the tank, and the last was after blowing it out specifically in the area of the petcock. What I thought was orange sealant seems to have been rust but of a bright orange color which I haven't commonly come across. Possibly rust in the presence of water? I'm not sure, also not sure if this was causing my problem or not. Seems like rust would have stained the fuel filters and the fuel bowls of the carbs but I can't say I know for sure. The filters and bowl are clean for the most part. For now there are no loose rust particles in the tank. I have considered removing the tank but not sure how much it would take to get it out. Looks like it would be a lot of work but might be worth it in the long run. I might see if there is anyone local that would perform a rust removal and nickel coat a tank if possible. I have heard horror stories of people using a tank liner and having it flake off and plug up fuel filters, so I am hesitant to do it unless it is absolutely necessary.
  5. I would like to think not since it was brand new Gates hose installed a couple of months ago. Regardless, I will be changing them again asking with another fuel pump just to be sure. Planning on at least cleaning the tank if not removing it and derusting it before sending fuel to the carbs. I appreciate everyone's thoughts and suggestions on this and hope to have it back to road tripping this next riding season!
  6. I have the Ignitech box on this with cop's instead of the factory coils and wires. I do have a new set of spark plugs I'm going to be installing soon just in case. Don't think that is the problem but we'll see. Strange how I can blow out the jets and passages and it runs like a dream for awhile then happens again. Filters look as clean as when I installed them. One installed between the tank and pump and the other between the pump and carbs. Mike said that the carb floats were set to the wrong height, too high. Also said the wrong metering needles were installed. Not sure if that would cause my problems but glad to have it back to the right settings I think.
  7. I have to admit, I have thought about selling this thing know than once over the past couple of months. Hopefully I will be able to get this figured out and fixed this time around. I got my carbs back from Mike and want to make sure everything is okay. I've got a new fuel pump and lines as well as filters. If I'm going to do the tank, does anyone know what's involved to remove it? I had heard you basically have to split the rear frame off but correct me if this is wrong. I hadn't thought about removing the tank and relining it as my 82 Honda is way worse and I haven't been having any similar issues as what I'm having here. Also, my screens in the tank and fuel filters are perfectly clean with no hint of rust discoloration. Did these tanks have any sort of liner applied at the factory? This tank has some rust but I don't see any evidence of a liner ever being there in the first place, unless it has dissolved over the years. I would think there would be flakes of debris other than rust in the tank if that were the case but can't see anything so far.
  8. You are right, I missed the third hole until I shot some carb cleaner in the mating hole that the pilot jet lines up with from the jet block. I went ahead and sent the carbs out to Mike Eykamp in hopes that he will find out what I have been missing. Since I haven't been performing a true carb tear down and rebuild then the issue is probably with my halfassed attemps at focusing on the fuel part of the carb only. I did take out the fuel sender and looked into the tank, doesn't look too bad for a +30 year old bike in my opinion. Nothing I can see that would explain the carb getting gummed up after several hundred miles. I plan on replacing the fuel lines and pump again just to be sure.
  9. Wonder what the heck this stuff is. Coming out of the smaller of the two holes on the engine side of the throttle plate. When scratched with a pick it comes off and seems rubbery in composition. Anyone ever see anything like this?
  10. I might give it a shot, I have Seafoam in it right now but might try some of the others. My concern is that it isn't gum or varnish getting into the carb jets and passages but debris shedding from some parts of the carb that might have been damaged or dissolved by the B12. I will definitely give that a shot to see what happens.
  11. This time I had ordered Gates fuel hose and installed it. The wall thickness appears to be fairly thick and it is braided as well. The original hose I had installed a few months ago was from O'reillys and was some unknown brand. When I changed it out this time (only a couple of months later), it was very hard compared to some I had left over. I am pretty sure the B12 I had been using had done something to that hose, it felt like fuel hose that was out of something that was 20 years old. I don't know why, but I can get 200-500 miles out of the bike no problem before it starts doing this again. I clean out the carb with compressed air and cleaner and I can get another 200-500 miles out of it. I can't see any debris in the fuel bowl when I clean it out. It isn't a complete plugging, the engine will idle and have a miss intermittently. Its like something is starting to build up over time. It just seems that it has to be something inside the carbs themselves since I have a fuel filter right at the inlet of the carbs.
  12. Well, I hate to say it but this issue is still ongoing. The original issue with the cut out at 5K RPM has been resolved but somewhere along the way I made myself some more problems. The last time I had mentioned having issues was on the trip back from Arkansas. I did take the carbs apart and cleaned the jets. All seemed well for awhile but then the problem came back, almost the same. Engine would surge at highway speeds. By the next day, you would have much popping and backfiring through the carbs at lower speeds. I once again took the carbs apart to clean them, blowing back through the jets and also through the needle valve seat with carb cleaner and compressed air. I also replaced the fuel lines and fuel filters. Instead of only running one filter at the inlet of the fuel pump, I installed another one right at the carb in case junk was shedding off the pump and getting into the carbs. I had high hopes of getting it resolved but I can't seem to avoid the same thing from happening. I estimate in about 200-500 miles the same thing happens again. I think I have had the carbs off 4 times now with this same issue. There is definitely something to be said for completely rebuilding something instead of trying to hone in on one part of the carburetor. At this point I have to think there is some material shedding somewhere internally in the carbs. I have replaced the rubber plugs in the jet block and the gaskets between the jet block and carb body. I am trying to think of some other areas that might be contributing debris. One I can think of is the floats themselves. I didn't notice that they were flaking off but wonder if they could be causing problems. I'm sure this is all self inflicted as I had left B12 Chemtool additive in the tank for about 2 months time. The other possible place might be in the enrichment circuit. I'm not sure how it is integrated with the rest of the carb. Does it work with the pilot jet for fuel or is it stand alone and gets its fuel from a different supply? I have started to honestly consider going to a single carb conversion. I had seen a couple of options on Ebay, one used a double barrel Webber carb and the other used a carb off a VW 1600cc engine. At this point I would jump on it but not sure how much fabrication would be involved, such as having to install a new throttle cable set up to run the carb. If anyone has experience with one of these, I would love to hear some specifics on the installation and additional fabrication that has to be done. If anyone has had a similar experience with the factory carbs and seeming to plug themselves up, I would also like to hear of what was found or if there is a common source that might be causing issues with the carbs being plugged up. Sorry to be asking so many questions, I was really hoping to have this all done with and resolved but I can't seem to get this figured out easily. Here's to hoping the next time I turn wrenches on this thing will be the last for awhile.
  13. I replaced mine recently and noticed the difference in the numbers too, but they all worked out. Like @saddlebum mentioned, I think they are mold or batch numbers. Mine worked out fine even though the numbers cast into the boots didn't seem to make any sense to the orientation. I had bought mine from eBay and they were Tourmaster branded.
  14. Thanks, all fuel lines have been replaced with new ones a couple months ago. I am hoping that won't be an issue for awhile. I might make replacing them part of normal maintenance in the future with what you mentioned in mind.
  15. Today was spent working on the bike. I got the carbs out and started with the one I thought was causing the problem, carb on #1 cylinder. I checked the pilot jet and I could see light through it but it was dim. After spraying carb cleaner and compressed air, it seemed a light brighter when checked again. I went ahead and replaced all rubber components with what I had on hand. This included the o-ring around the jet tube and the gasket between the jet block and carb body. I also replaced the rubber plugs at the bottom of the jet block. I can confirm for sure that B12 chemtool will swell old rubber to some degree. The original rubber plugs were sealing well. I won't say they were the most supple rubber I have ever seen but they would seal against the bore of the block whereas originally they were like chalk pieces and would fall right out. I didn't trust that they wouldn't start disintegrating so they were slated for replacement. After I replaced the rubber components I went ahead and blew everything out with compressed air and carb cleaner (on all four carbs). After I put it all back together, I ran a carb sync and when the bike had warmed up, the rough running and missing was gone. I finished putting it back together and took it for a test drive and confirmed, at least for now, everything is working as intended (God willing it will be okay in the future for awhile as well!) No backfiring through the carb at low loads and would blast to high speeds on the interstate easily. I ran the tank with the remaining B12 down to 2 bars on the gauge and refilled with fresh gasoline with no additives. I know there is still some B12 in there but should be diluted and plan on taking a longer ride tomorrow and run several tanks of clean gas through it. I still can't confirm what was blocking the pilot jet, it wasn't totally blocked off which could also be confirmed that the bike didn't have a dead miss and I could see light from it. Frankly, it scares the hell out of me since I had a new filter installed when I did the new fuel pump. I can only imagine that the contamination originated somewhere between the filter and the pilot jet. I'm not sure if bad gas can pass contaminants past a filter that can coalesce into a jet and restrict it. It is also possible some varnish that cut loose off the carb bowl or some other contamination from a fuel line got in there. Really hoping I don't have to do this again for awhile but getting to where I can get it done in a day at a leisurely pace. I will update further if I have other problems, but praying this baby has been put to bed. Thanks for all the help and suggestions, have a great weekend!
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