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Old 04-03-2006, 01:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was all set to wrench a little on the bike. I was going to:

1. Replace in-line fuel filter (as manual suggests for 20k miles)
2. Replace spark plugs
3. Measure valve clearances.


I took the airbox off and got 1 and 2 done (after much work since its the first time i've ever opened up a bike)... but then when I looked at how many hoses were connected to the carbs and the fact that the throttle cable was connected to it (i've never messed with that)... I got discouraged and didn't bother.

My question: How much of a pain in the butt is it to take off the carb assembly and check the valves?

Also: Why is it such a pain in the ass to get the stupid main vents connected and clamped to the airbox? I spent over an hour just doing that after I got done :
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Old 04-03-2006, 02:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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it all seems a little daunting at first doesnt it. All i can say is read up....read some more, then when your confident, detach everything and come to the board for help on reassembly....thats what i did.

Those clamps on the airbox can be a pain in the ass. After the airbox is removed the clamp screws holding the carbs are a pain too.

The throttle cable is easy, take a pic of the adjusters, then loosen them, pop them out.

this should assist.



To check your valve clearances will be a bigger pain in the ass compared to throttle cables.....if you still want to do it let me know and i can give the pages from the service manual.
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I have the service manual. Some of the drawings suck though because they dont' always show you which side of the bike things are on.
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It's really easy to remove the carbs, a lot easier then the throttle bodies on a 03.

(Telling you from 3 year old memory) Just get in there, there are 2 coolant hoses, 2 airbox hoses (prob already dissconnected) remove the 10mm nut on the throttle cable thingy to remove them, and then remove the clutch cable. Also dissconnect the TPS sensor wire. To get them out of the boots holding them into the engine, pull up until they are free.

Then look in the how-to section for my how-to on checking valve clearences.
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