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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-09-2009, 05:34 AM Thread Starter
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Do any additive carb cleaners really work?

I just bought a used 05 1300 R with 1100 miles on it. I've found, on my limited rides, that I need to choke it a little for quite some time before it will idle with no choke. Because of the low milage, I know the bike sat for long periods and am thinking there might be some build up in the carb.
Just wondering if anyone has ever had sucess with a carb cleaner that was added to the fuel...
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Sea Foam. You can get it at Pep Boys or NAPA. Good stuff.

Also if you are choking it that much, better check your plugs too.

As an addendum; the nice thing about Sea Foam is that it will also clean up all of the carbon deposits in your engine, including the plugs.

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Techron works and is recommended by Honda. Get it at Wallyworld or any auto supply

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Sea Foam. You can get it at Pep Boys or NAPA. Good stuff.

Also if you are choking it that much, better check your plugs too.

As an addendum; the nice thing about Sea Foam is that it will also clean up all of the carbon deposits in your engine, including the plugs.

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Seeing that you are in Fort Lauderdale (FL) where it is warm, you really should'nt be needing the choke much at all. You don't say if the bike has the stock or aftermarket air box, or OEM/non OEM exhaust. Both of those things can effect your air/fuel ratio, leaning the engine out, and causing greater than normal use of the choke. Remember, all the choke does is throw extra fuel into the air-stream to overcome what drops out (precipitates) against the cold intake runner and cylinder walls. As the engine warms, the drop out decreases/ends, and the choke is no longer required. Running for extended periods with the choke "on" will cause the engine oil to be washed off the cylinder walls, and if the engine is not run up to full operating temperature, the oil will be diluted by the entry of gasoline.

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Yeah, you shouldn't need the choke much at all. I'd check the plugs for fouling and then run Techron Fuel System cleaner, ONLY ADD 1/3rd of a BOTTLE PER TANK!! Techron as said is recommended by most vehicle manufacturers including Honda.

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+1 also on the Sea Foam. Use it in all my 2 and 4 cycle engines. Advanced Auto Parts runs specials on the big size now and then.
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I am just west of Lauderdale and had a 1300R for 16K miles. I never used the choke and always had fast starts.
Sounds like one of the following as a guess:
1) Varnish in Carb. Seafoam may work.
2) Plugs need cleaning or replacement due to a carbon problem from using Premium gas.
3) Loose or kinked vaccum hose due to removing tank or doing mods.
If carb is heavily varnished you may need to have it cleaned but I doubt if an 05 is that varnished yet.

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