Cleaning Carbs on the Honda Shadow
So my VT500 wasn't running quite right... It would make a weird popping
sound at higher RPMS steadily and would make random pops at lower RPMS...
There was a weird "sucking" sound coming from the front half of the engine
when you revved it, and it would randomly sputter and almost die as you
rode it, so we figured it was time for the good ole' seafoam treatment.
While we were at it, we decided to clean the carbs and then REALLY sea-foam
Although I REALLY didn't want to go into those carburetors, in hindsight Im
glad we did. Danny really knows his stuff mechanically, and for anyone
watching this, it honestly wasn't that difficult looking. Im no
wrench-turner and I still managed to clean the carb on my KLR before I sold
it. Basically, all you do is get a clean spot (newspaper, salt bags like we
used, etc) then take it all apart, and ideally remove EVERYTHING you can,
then boil it or use one of those buckets of chem-dip. If you're cheap like
me, the boiling water trick works very well especially for the cost (free).
Anyway, take a $3 can of carb cleaner and spray everything out very well,
and wipe out all the crap from the exposed areas with a rag, Q-tips, etc. I
used Kleenexes but a rag would be better. Also, using an old toothbrush can
really help out as well. Then take some compressed air and blow everything
out, do ALL that again, then put it back together.
Bike runs SO much better now, I wish we'de done this sooner.
Thanks Danny! :)
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How to adjust the jets on motorcycle carburetors
This is a brief introduction to the fairly touchy process of re-jetting
your carbs. The techniques discussed here are fairly universal to most
carburated motorcycles, but not all, so your first step in performing carb
tuning should be to consult your repair manual and online forums. Hopefully
this video can demystify a lot of the process for you, so that you have the
courage and interest to do this yourself. Let me know if you have any
How to re-install carbs the easy way
Sliding those carbs back in can be pretty challenging. This is a simple way
I found to re-install your carbs after cleaning on both an inline 4 and v-4
Honda Magna Carbs Install (Part 1)
Had to pull the carbs on my '86 VF700C Magna. The following video made by
"pauljt98" is a great video tutorial on how to remove them:
After the rebuild of the carbs, I was going nuts (as usual) reinstalling
them. The usual method of just pushing them in was not working for me this
time as it had every time in the past. I did a google search and found the
It worked liked a charm with a couple of modifications of my own. So, I am
posting this video as an ALTERNATE method.
Here is a link to a great method made by another V4 owner that is another
great method to use when simply pushing them in does not work:
To my demise though, I had a faulty o-ring on one of the fuel joiners and
had to pull the carbs out again. I decided to make my misfortune an
opportunity to make a video of how to use the rachet strap method of
installation. One thing I did differently than the author of that page did,
was I re-used my existing boots. Another thing I do differently is that I
leave the boots on cylinders 2&4 loose and tilted forward.
This should help save alot of hair from being pulled out. I hopes this
helps Magna and Sabre owners alike.
Many thanks to pauljt98 for the easy removal method and many thanks to Tony
from the SabMag website on the rachet strap idea.
I have a both a VF700 and a VF1100 and this method works on both (will work
on the VF750 as well).
How to repair a nonrunning motorcycle pt.1
This simple tutorial about how to diagnose and repair running problems in
old motorcycles can be generally applied to all makes and models. While
information specific to your bike can be found on your online forums and in
your repair manual, this should get you started. Good luck.
Honda Magna v65 TV commercial
" The standing quarter-mile. This machine is about to [roar of engine].
A motorcycle that can turn sixty five cubic inches into an INCREDIBLE
amount of horsepower.
The Honda V65 Magna is proud to become the world's fastest production
Yeah..this commercial might sound a bit cheesy, but V65 is one of the best
motorcycles ever produced- no doubt bout' it whatsoever!