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#1 CubHorse80 OFFLINE  

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Posted November 07, 2013 - 05:52 PM

I recently heard that the best way to clean a carb is to boil it in water for 30 min? I have never heard of this before, and found it kinda interesting.. Supposedly it cleans every nook and cranny, and get between small parts.

 

Does this work? has anyone done this?

 

Sounds weird!!!

:rolling: :rolling:


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Posted November 07, 2013 - 06:06 PM

I've not tried it, but I always heard to boil it with "Tide" clothes detergent in the water.


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Posted November 07, 2013 - 06:11 PM

I remember reading about it just awhile back but I don't remember where and how long ago, I guess it wasn't worth the effort to me if I didn't put it in my memory bank. Sorry.  It doesn't sound like something I would think about doing.

 

 

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Posted November 07, 2013 - 06:36 PM

i have boiled engine blocks so as long as its not fork tender i suppose i wouldn't do any damage :thumbs:


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Posted November 07, 2013 - 08:42 PM

I think im gonna try it with some degreaser added to the mix. Im gonna do it on an old white gas coleman stove outside! ill let you guys know how it turns out.


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Posted November 07, 2013 - 09:28 PM

Put some tide in it and blow out all the ports as soon as you take it out. Do not line dry!  It actually worked pretty good.


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Posted November 07, 2013 - 10:15 PM

A lot of the old school bike guys use lemon juice to boil carbs. The just need to be flushed with water immediately afterwards. For more info the guys at Hondachopper.com have posted a lot about it and you can read about it there.

As a side note, if there are any old rubber parts you need to soften up.

A good boiling in wintergreen oil will temporarily soften them up for re-use.
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Posted November 08, 2013 - 06:57 AM

I tried the lemon juice method recently, I let it boil for about 15 minutes. When it came out everything seemed very clean, and I was thrilled! Until I saw it had done quite a bit of corrosion on the fuel bowl. Luckily I had a spare that I cleaned with brake cleaner. It worked great! Unfortunately the lemon juice did not make it any easier for me to adjust the carb.
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Posted November 08, 2013 - 07:38 AM

Put some tide in it and blow out all the ports as soon as you take it out. Do not line dry!  It actually worked pretty good.

Did you do it with that 1200 carb?



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Posted November 08, 2013 - 08:08 AM

A friend of mine that restores motorcycles suggested the water and lemon juice method at one time. I don't remember the mix ratio, but I don't think the lemon juice part was much. I do believe he mentioned to not put the softer metals (i.e. bowls) in the pan. He does it on his stuff, but I have not personally tried it.
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