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TTrax

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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!
  16. I agree, I knew that it isn't ideal to use this stuff long term. Was hoping it would hold out the rest of the riding season but wouldn't be surprised to find some granulated rubber or debris getting into the jets. I have a new fuel filter between the tank and the fuel pump / carbs so I think if there was any debris it would have to originated there. I will be taking the carbs off soon to see what I can find, especially on carb #1.
  17. I did check the connectors at the ignition module this evening and they are bright and shiny with no evident corrosion. I did run the bike with the top of the air cleaner off and filter element removed. I ran the bike until it was up to operating temperature and the idle became uneven. I sprayed some carb cleaned down the throat of each carb a little at a time. On cylinders 2,3, and 4 the engine would slow down. When I sprayed it down the throat of the carb on cylinder 1, the engine would stabilize on idle. Same with running the engine at about 2500 RPM, sprayed some carb cleaned down cylinder 1 and it seemed to smooth out. I drained the fuel out of that bowl and didn't see anything floating around, although I am sure all it takes is a speck of something to partially block the pilot jet. Not a dead miss but definitely not hitting most of the time. Hopefully I will get a chance to get the carbs off this weekend. I had ordered the lower carb boots but found they are coming out of Germany via Deutsche Post so it might take some time to get here. I'm half tempted to just run with the boots I have to salvage a few more days of riding if possible but probably would be wise to wait for the new boots or I will be taking the carbs off again someday in the future. Starting to get to be a pro at it, seems like I can have them out in under an hour anymore.
  18. I had converted over to the COP's from Ignitech, would you see backfiring through the carbs if the coils weren't firing? I had always thought backfiring through the intake was due to a lean fuel mixture. I will go out and check to make sure water hasn't gotten into the connectors. They are weather pack connectors at the coil but the connectors between the bike wiring harness and the adapter harness to the COPs aren't weather proof.
  19. OK back from the trip. I had been hoping all would be peachy as the bike had been running flawlessly the last few weeks but should have known my luck was running out. We got to about Afton, OK when we ran into a storm front and pretty much had to run with the rain all the way to Eureka Springs. We didn't have any engine/carb related issues that whole trip down on Saturday. The next day all seemed to be going well, we ran up to Branson, MO and then back down to Eureka Springs. On the way down, we fueled up and went on our way. Later that evening I noticed some hesitation at low RPM. When I twisted the throttle harder, I heard some popping coming back through the air filter location, so I am assuming it was a lean backfire. When we got out on a straight road, I ran it through the gears up to around 6500 RPM and afterwards it seemed to run much better. The next day as we were heading out to come back, I noticed it was running poorly again at lower speeds. The more I drove and the warmer it got, it seemed to get much worse. At RPMs below 3K it would pop and backfire through the carbs. When running at 70 MPH it ran perfect from what I could tell. At lower engine speeds, it would surge and backfire. When I finally got back to the interstate on the last few miles on the way home, it would surge at around 80 MPH. I am thinking I got something into a pilot jet of one of the carbs, or I have a vacuum leak at a carb boot that can't be seen. I do have some small micro cracks on the boots, but they have been that way for a few years. When I got home and the bike was still running rough at idle, I sprayed some carb cleaner on the boots to see if the engine speed would change, but there was no change. I had also checked the carb boots on the top of the carbs to make sure they hadn't come off but they were fine. I tried to tighten the lower boots in case air was being drawn in there but they were all tight. I am thinking I got some bad gas at the gas station since we had just come through some heavy rains and I know a lot of times water can get into underground tanks when this happens. I was pretty sure something was wrong with a pilot jet, but doesn't explain why it also starts surging at higher speeds as well. I guess it doesn't matter since I knew the carbs were going to have to come off anyways. This will definitely accelerate my plans on working on it instead of waiting until later. I still need to check to see if my fuel supply is adequate from the pump as well. I just thought I would state what happened on the way down and if anyone agrees or has another idea what might be happening with the backfire. I did order the lower carb boots last night so they will be getting replaced when the carbs come off. For some reason, the ebay listing I had ordered from stated the carb boots were for the 83-86, and then 89-93 models. I didn't see that the part numbers of the boots changed for 87-88 but let me know if there was a change that I missed. At least on the parts pictures I seen from the Ventures from the 90's were the same as the 88 model so I went ahead and ordered them. Hope everyone had a good holiday weekend!
  20. Well, I think I have all the parts that I need to try to internally reseal these carbs. I already had the gasket between the jet block and carb body with the car kits I had gotten from SCI, and recently have ordered the jet block plugs from them as well. I did also buy new o-rings that are installed on the emulsion tubes (which wasn't cheap) but figured I better cover that base as well. Another possibility that I just thought of that has me worried is possible internal damage to the carb. We had the super cold snap this last February and we got down to -17°F here. Really hoping there wasn't any water in any of the carbs that caused a crack if it froze. I might just be getting myself worked up but am thinking that this is possible. I am thinking I will probably be working on this in October at the earliest. For some reason, it runs perfect with some B12 Chemtool in the tank. I definitely don't want to do this long term as I am sure it will have a detrimental effect on the fuel system components eventually. For now, it has been fine though. I have been running it around the recommended dosage in every other tank. We have a ride to Eureka Springs planned for labor day weekend so hopefully all will be well to at least that trip is over. Once again, thanks for all the suggestions. Once I get the new rubber in the carbs I will let you know if it seemed to fix it or not. Have a good weekend!
  21. Well, something strange is going on for sure. Over lunch break today, I took it back out with the fresh tank of gas and now it is back to surging. Not as bad as the other day but it is back. I took it for a 35 mile ride and tried to give it hell a few times but it didn't seem to improve. I stopped at the gas station and went ahead and dumped the rest of my half can of B12 in the tank and took it up on the highway to get the fuel from the tank to get into the fuel bowls for sure. It seemed to be back to revving out 100 percent with only a hint of possible surge. It is a little windy today so that might have had an effect too. It seems to me that either the B12 is causing the seals to swell in the carbs, or changing the combustibility of the fuel so it is easier to light off. I have a tendency to believe it is affecting the rubber parts in the carbs as previously when I first used the additive, the bike went from having a complete bog-out at 5K rpm to revving out to 7K (albeit surging while getting there). Then the bike sat in the garage for 2 weeks and when I took it out again, the surging was completely gone. This was all on the same tank of fuel (between the surging and the perfect running). I went ahead and ordered the rubber plugs and bowl gaskets from SCI just a few minutes ago, hoping this will be what resolves the issue totally. If not I might be circling back around to having someone rebuild the carbs. I am disappointed but also relieved that I seem to be at least finding something that makes a difference to how the bike runs after taking the carbs out twice already.
  22. Thanks for all the suggestions. I did run the tank down and filled up with fresh gas. I'm sure there is a little B12 still left but I can't imagine it would be enough to damage anything. I will be taking it out again this weekend for a ride. I have been really driving the heck out of it since it is back to running in prime shape. Fuel economy is definitely up, was over 110 miles on that tank when it went down to 1 bar when the best I could get before was around 90-95 miles before it went down to one bar consistently. I am still curious to how this fuel additive solved the problem. I had two theories, but not sure and I guess I will never know without taking the carbs apart again to find. With it running OK I am not touching it at this point. One, is that the B12 caused the desiccated rubber plugs to swell and seal as needed, the other is that I obviously missed some fuel passage or didn't get an emulsion tube cleaned out properly. I looked around with a google search but haven't seen anyone confirm that B12 causes rubber to swell, other than a couple of posts where people theorized that it did. I probably wouldn't have thought twice about it, but after having the carbs off and tinkering with it twice, I am intrigued.
  23. OK thanks for the input. I drove it to work today and ran it around the countryside this afternoon during lunch. Down to 2 bars on the gauge now, will fill up when I get it down some more. Seems like the fuel economy might be better as well now, will do some calculations when I go to fill up. Thanks!
  24. Well, I am afraid to say anything out of fear of jinxing myself. I took the bike out for a short ride for lunch to get a couple more cans of B12 to have on hand in case I need them for the bike or other projects. I took the bike and had been driving very mildly in town. I then went to the gas station and filled up after adding half a can of B12 Chemtool. I took it out and was starting to head out of town. Since the bike was warmed up and I was on the open road I decided to see if the problem was about the same as last time or better/worse. Much to my surprise it launched all the way to redline without a hint of hesitation or bogging. Pulled like a freight train all the way up. I did some mixed driving and tried a few more times. Every time it launched like a Saturn V rocket. Unbelievable. It seems like the carb cleaner had some effect on the carbs, whether it be some varnish or crud I had missed, or if it caused some of the old rubber to swell and seal up as needed. I have no idea, just glad it seems to be working well. Time will tell if the problem is truly resolved. I think I might need to start saving my pennies to have the carbs rebuilt at some point as I am reluctant to believe a fix in a can is going to last long term. Right now I am incredibly grateful it seems to be running right. Now another concern I have is the half can of carb cleaner that is still in the bike. Right now work is keeping me pretty busy so I haven't had much time to take rides. It might be sitting for a week or two before I am going to ride it. Trying to decide if I need to run out that tank and fill with fresh gas with no additive, or if it is OK to leave in the tank for that period of time. If it had that much of a dramatic effect in a 1 month period of sitting there, then I don't want to risk liquifying any rubber plugs or gaskets that are soaking in this mixture. Anyone have any experience with B12 destroying rubber parts in their carbs? Thanks again for all the input, have a good day!
  25. I did send @eusa1 a PM and an email, but I don't think he has had a chance to look at the messages yet. Also, I read through some of the forums and it looks like he works on the second gen only machines? Or maybe I misunderstood. I have been riding the bike a little here and there, might take it to SE Kansas in a couple of weeks. I definitely think there is some funkiness going on with the carbs. A week or two ago I had taken a ride with my wife around some scenic drives nearby. During the trip, I had put in a half can of B12 Chemtool carb cleaner in the tank for a couple of tanks. The bike has sat for this period of time and I decided to go out and take it for a drive. Not sure if it was atmospheric conditions changing (temp and humidity) or if the carb cleaner did something, but now the bike will rev out to around 7K, albeit surging a little on the way up there. At least it isn't a dead bog down like it used to be. I can only theorize that sitting in a warm garage and possibly the fuel additive has caused some dried out rubber component such as the jet block plugs or gaskets to be slightly restored but I can't say for sure. In case Mike doesn't work on the first gen carbs, I had looked around and I did see an outfit out of Texas appears to specialize in working on vintage Japanese motorcycle carbs. Their website is wgcarbs.com. I didn't know if anyone else had any experience with them and the work they have done. It looks like they charge a hefty price to rebuild a set of carbs for this bike. Since I have walked away from working on this thing seriously for a month or so, I am a little more relaxed and might take another stab at it before paying that price. I am almost tempted to just leave it as-is but I'm sure I will do something with it this winter, whether it is having someone else rebuild the carbs or do it myself again. Anyways, I appreciate all the feedback and suggestions everyone has offered, definitely worth the 12 bucks a year to get the help I have received. Hope everyone has a good day and weekend!
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