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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-8-2013, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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plastic-safe carb cleaner?

The guide says to use a plastic-safe carburetor cleaner.

I have some gunk chlorinated (http://www.amazon.com/Gunk-M4814-Chl...dp/B000ABIELQ/). It's not safe on plastic. Do I need to get something else?
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Re: plastic-safe carb cleaner?

After stripping the carbs down there won't be any plastic to worry about.
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Re: plastic-safe carb cleaner?

Thanks, that's what I figured. Gave it lots of time to dry before sticking plastic pieces back in.
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Re: plastic-safe carb cleaner?

Pine-Sol worked great for me. Someone decided to blast everything on the bike with spray paint. Being I wanted everything to look good once done with the project I sought options from the forum. Someone suggested Pine-Sol and it worked great at cleaning all the paint off the plastic bits on the carbs it also broke loose the gunk in the carbs plus it made my garage smell pine forrest fresh for weeks.
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Re: plastic-safe carb cleaner?

I used pine sol to clean my carbs. I even made a post about it. Was it my post that you saw? Just curious.



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Re: plastic-safe carb cleaner?

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I used pine sol to clean my carbs. I even made a post about it. Was it my post that you saw? Just curious.
May have been, its been quite awhile since I read it. All I know is it worked slicker than frog snot. The spray paint just peeled off like skin after about 2 days of soaking. plus my garage smelled great after a few days, plus you can just dump the stuff on the ground when done, no hazardous chemicals involved. I did use some carb cleaner to clear all the passage ways. I play guitar so of course I had some spare e strings laying around. I have been saving all my e strings since, was thinking about making a bunch to give out for price of postage but havent gotten around to it yet.
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Re: plastic-safe carb cleaner?

Boiling the carbs in a pot of lemon juice also works wonders. Just remove the slides and air screws before hand. I fixed a clogged enricher circuit on the CVKs for my old zx600 that way.

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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-23-2013, 6:02 PM
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Re: plastic-safe carb cleaner?

how about soaking in simple green mixed with hot water? is that any good?

edit: did some research and found out the alum body may be discolored signaling a change in composition in the top layer of the metal
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Re: plastic-safe carb cleaner?

So...I soaked my carbs in pine-sol for 2 1/2 days.....the result is somewhat disturbing. I cleaned off with a hose and then used carb cleaner with a rag. What do you guys think? Are they still usable?





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Re: plastic-safe carb cleaner?

your photos not revealing anything ...... try again with some close ups?

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Re: plastic-safe carb cleaner?

Well I was attempting to show the grime and what I think is oxidation that formed on the metal. I dont seem to have cleaned them by using pine-sol...i haven't used a brush to clean out of fear of scratching the surface. But if they look like they will work, I'll just install new gasket and jets and fire it up.
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Re: plastic-safe carb cleaner?

Your pics are simply not detailed enough to examine critical areas which may affect carb function.

So i can only offer this general carb guideline....provided all critical metering passages are confirmed clear, the float system functions (and seals), the slides offer smooth action (don't hang up), are bench synched and finally... bench tested and set up, you should be fine.

Surface imperfections are secondary to clear metering passages and sub-system functions and adjustments.


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Re: plastic-safe carb cleaner?

I don't see anything blocking the passageways or the jets. I also have a rebuild kit, so the pilot screws and stuff will be replaced anyway. But what really bothers me is the heavy amount of white stuff and brown stuff (both rust I'm assuming)...especially on the butterfly screws. Now I was thinking that maybe I should boil in lemon juice or something to remove it. Or maybe kerosene. I really don't know haha, so that's why I'm asking for advice. I can't get any better pics than this:


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Re: plastic-safe carb cleaner?

I soaked all the parts in vinegar for a few minutes and shaked up the container. So far, everything is clean and no rust. I will try the same with the body tomorrow, after I buy an air compressor. I will also pick up a dremel just in case. Thanks ducati.
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