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Offline turbojoe78_MA

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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #125 on: October 15, 2016, 12:30:40 pm »
I have a 2001 game 1000 concourse it runs good at the low-end speeds but I can't get like beyond 80 miles an hour it has no power on the highway I have the aftermarket carburetor kit with the sponges that controls the air I wonder is that getting enough fuel or not getting enough air  any help out there

Your problem seems simular to a problem my friend had on his 88 C10.  He said it seemed to run fine at low speeds and his idle was fine but it would not go over 80 to 85 mph on the highway.  This all started after he did a valve adjust so he knew it should have gone much faster than that.

I went over to help him check over the valve adjust he had done and long story short his problem turned out to be he had put his plug wires on numbered to the firing order instead of the cylinder numbers.  The #3 and #4 were swapped so he was only running on the #1 + #2.

Rock,  start your bike and let it warm up a little then check the header pipes with a laser temp gun or by spraying water on them to see if their all getting to around the same temp.

The wires on the left coil should go to the #1 plug (left most plug when sitting on the bike) and the #4 plug. (right most plug)  The wires on the right coil should go to the #2 and #3 plugs.  (two plugs in the middle)  The cylinders are numbered 1-4 going from left to right when sitting on the bike.
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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #126 on: October 15, 2016, 02:25:15 pm »
I did notice some fuel leaking from the herb box where the filter goes in once it does look a lot

Can you explain this sentence?
If you have fuel leaking into the air box, you have carb problems.

One thing we haven't thought of is insufficient fuel.
If your lacking power at higher rpm's or under load, it's possible the fuel line is kinked and your not getting enough fuel.
Sometimes the kinked fuel hose if fine until the engine heats things up.
It doesn't cause problems until the engine heat softens the hose and allows it to bend a bit more.
Check your fuel line...

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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #127 on: November 02, 2016, 02:48:05 am »
Hi guys I'm new to this group I just got my Concours 1000 2 weeks ago and I'm loving it I just have a quick question about the cam chain tensioner mine is making a small rattling noise when idling is there a way I can adjust the original one or I just have to buy a new one I don't want to get the manual one I was reading something about taking the middle school out and type in it in the center will the screw goes with a small screwdriver and then reinstalling the spring and the pin again

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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #128 on: November 02, 2016, 02:19:30 pm »
You have the idea right.
If your bike makes the noise primarily at idle until it warms up,,, it may help.
How many miles on the bike?

Carefully remove the top screw.
  (Be careful when you do as a spring and small pin will jump out).
Put a flat ended punch or screwdriver in the hole.
It will rest against the adjuster when inserted.
Give the punch a sharp tap. (Don't bash the hell out of it).
If there is sufficient chain slack the adjuster will move to the next step and quieten the motor.
Re-install pin/spring top bolt, and see if it helped.

NOTE: All Connies have a certain amount of chain noise, I suggest you compare with others.

I suggest; join the club and come ride with us.
                Then you'll have lots of Connies to compare with and I guarantee you'll like the group!

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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #129 on: June 03, 2017, 01:50:50 am »
Well Steve and his YouTube videos is what brought me to COG . Ihave to say sounds like solid advice, bikes do fall over the plastics on mine are proof  :))
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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #130 on: October 12, 2018, 12:36:22 am »
ok , I just rejoined and cannot find my topic so thought general topic forum might be the place to ask.  So my bike has been in the garage and not ridden in four years. Now retired, it is time. But reading all the hydrolock issues I get the fear of it.  What I do not see, cannot find, is an article on. Once a bike is coming out of storage, what is the procedure. I would guess, replace all liquids etc. But the main question is now that I am worried about hydrolock, I assume as long as there is no gas in the tank there shouldn't be a problem ? Do I , should I,  pull the carbs, should I pull the spark plugs and squirt a few drops of oil into cylinders.  I think I am over thinking this. but there must be an understood list of steps.

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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #131 on: October 12, 2018, 08:38:24 am »
Kurt.  Change the oil. If the bike was stored with fuel stabilizer, dumping all the old fuel and adding a gallon of new and attempting to start would be what I would do. At some point I would replace the petcock as well. If not, the carbs need to be pulled to check for green goo.
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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #132 on: May 21, 2019, 08:33:12 pm »
Question on a new to me '93 zg1000 with bar risers.....is there only one air filling tube and the second one a "dummy" on front forks? I can only put air/check pressure on one side & the other side seems like a dummy...can't  check pressure or even fill.
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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #133 on: May 24, 2019, 02:59:32 pm »
Yes, air fill/check only on the right fork - there's a balancer tube down just above the lower triple clamp that balances air between the left and right fork.
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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #134 on: July 24, 2019, 06:33:58 pm »
Hi Steve, Is getting a fuel petcock with an 'OFF' position the best way to avoid Hydrolock?
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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #135 on: July 24, 2019, 10:13:13 pm »
Hi Steve, Is getting a fuel petcock with an 'OFF' position the best way to avoid Hydrolock?
thanks,
Roy

A different Steve here, but no. It can take but a brief moment to have gas leak into the engine from forgeting or not bothering to switch off the petcock. The overflow tubes are the best way to avoid a hydrolock. Self install not recommended, BTDT.
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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #136 on: July 24, 2019, 10:43:47 pm »
Hi Steve, Is getting a fuel petcock with an 'OFF' position the best way to avoid Hydrolock?
thanks,
Roy

A different Steve here, but no. It can take but a brief moment to have gas leak into the engine from forgeting or not bothering to switch off the petcock. The overflow tubes are the best way to avoid a hydrolock. Self install not recommended, BTDT.

I went into my garage after not running the bike for a couple of weeks.  Turning the petcock to prime,
is the same as turning a manual petcock on.  Within several seconds gas was pouring out of the overflow tubes.
If the needle valve is stuck, a manual petcock is not a 100% cure.  You can manually fill that cylinder up and
you may never know.
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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #137 on: August 01, 2019, 03:11:19 pm »
Hello, New owner here. Can someone tell me what the small hose coming out of the fuel shutoff valve does? I pulled the tank off to access the spark plugs and after the plugs checked out okay I reinstalled the tank. I noticed the small hose is old and slid too easily back on. Too easily it seems because I didn't notice when it slid back off. Of course the bike would not start after that. This morning I reinspected everything I did yesterday and noticed the loose hose. That little devil sure caused me a panic attack. It started right up after that. What does the little hose do?

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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #138 on: August 01, 2019, 03:29:50 pm »
Hello, New owner here. Can someone tell me what the small hose coming out of the fuel shutoff valve does? I pulled the tank off to access the spark plugs and after the plugs checked out okay I reinstalled the tank. I noticed the small hose is old and slid too easily back on. Too easily it seems because I didn't notice when it slid back off. Of course the bike would not start after that. This morning I reinspected everything I did yesterday and noticed the loose hose. That little devil sure caused me a panic attack. It started right up after that. What does the little hose do?

it's the vacuum source to activate the petcock. no vacuum, no flow, except in prime.

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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #139 on: August 01, 2019, 03:46:17 pm »
Wow the Connie Guru himself!!! Thanks Steve.. First time Kawasaki owner, previous were Honda's and a BMW.. I ran into an unbelievable deal on Craigslist. I got 2 1986 models, one with 7000 miles one with 75,000 miles. The 7000 mile bike is running like a beast and inspected until next May. The other bike donated some parts for the one I'm riding.