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Unless you already have, or are planning to get overflow tubes installed in the carb bowls, don't go with a manual petcock.  You only have to forget once and that will cost you a bent rod in the engine.  If you have the cash, just order a new OEM petcock and send the carb bowls off to SISF for overflow tubes.  At minimum get a new OEM petcock.  90 bucks is lots cheaper than a bent rod from being hydrolocked.
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Is your gas leak from the weep hole on the back side of the petcock and only leaks when the bike is running or the lever is set to PRIME?  If so, it will only get worse at the least inopportune time.

I'm not exactly sure where it leaks. I'll have to look into that a little further. I have a kit to convert it to a non vacuum petcock, but I can't find the damn thing. We moved and my stuff is all still upside down.  >:(
And the bad news there is, that equals two 48 foot storage trailers, and half of a cellar. Yeesh.
The good news the two storage trailers cost me 0, but then again, that's no motivation to get them empty. ;)
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Riding Gear / Re: Heated Gear 2017
« Last post by Anthony on Today at 06:33:11 pm »
I would check out Venture Heat as well. I tried some of their gear a few years ago at the motorcycle show and I fully plan to buy it. I just haven't gotten around to buying it yet. Gear hard wires to the bike and all the pieces (gloves, jacket/vest, pants and insoles) can be plugged into each other for power. I can't speak on more than me trying it on, but it is another company to look into.
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Concours 14 / ZG1400 General Chat and Tech / Re: Broken Handlebar
« Last post by connie_rider on Today at 06:31:32 pm »
A company (T-Rex) in Dallas is building a similar system..
http://t-rex-racing.com/catalog.php?item=457

Watch the video...

NOTE: Their video does not show how they used the Wheel chock, and does not show their new system for a Concours.
            The set up Robert used was more secure than their video ....
           I'll try to find/post a picture of their prototype turnbuckle system on Robert's trailer.
              http://forum.cog-online.org/concours-14-zg1400-general-chat-and-tech/tie-down-for-trailering-c14/msg602950/#msg602950

Ride safe, Ted
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Is your gas leak from the weep hole on the back side of the petcock and only leaks when the bike is running or the lever is set to PRIME?  If so, it will only get worse at the least inopportune time.
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Concours 14 / ZG1400 General Chat and Tech / Re: Broken Handlebar
« Last post by jwh20 on Today at 06:26:59 pm »
My recommendation on tie-down is to loop some soft-ties, I like to use 2 on each side, up and over the lower triple-tree clamp.  Take care not to pinch the ABS lines which are near there.  You can cinch these down as tightly as needed and you will not break anything.  You then just need to secure the rear end so it doesn't hop around or allow the bike to go sideways.  I usually just loop the strap around the rear wheel once and secure that to the trailer sides in back of the bike.  Resist the temptation to use the passenger peg brackets.  They are also cast Aluminum and can break from too much stress.
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Concours 14 / ZG1400 General Chat and Tech / Re: Broken Handlebar
« Last post by GOON on Today at 06:07:33 pm »
Thanks for the info!

Luckily, this was in my toy hauler and the bike leaned over onto the couch cushions without damage. There is a small crack and scratch where the bar hit the top of the fairing when it broke free, but I feel pretty luck overall. Going to replace both sides just in case.

I will definitely need to figure out a new way to secure it. I'll check out the Pit Bull system, but any idea what the name of the Dallas company is?

Thanks again!
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I changed the inline fuel filter today and I'm about 99% better. The old filter had a deformation of the inlet pipe from me trying to remove the hose from it the other day.

 I also have a very very slight leak at the petcock for what that's worth? The leak was there before the valve adjustment, and the bike ran good before the valve adjust. The bike now, when it's running right, sounds a little throatier with all the valves adjusted, although that could relate to how bikes run faster after you wax them. Hahaha.  I'm taking that as a good sign. This bike is still pretty new to me, At 13 thousand miles of mine, and 13,000 miles of the original owner equals around 26k total.

I still have a slight burbal in there that I wouldn't think is a non synced carb issue. I haven't been able to sync the carbs yet. One little odd thing that happened when I replaced two plug boots I could feel wire going down over each threaded plug top. This happened with two of the boots, and the other two boots I didn't feel that click click click click click. Kind of thinking I should cut back some insulation see if I can find some wire. One of the plug tops was corroded, so I imagine that wire in there must be too?
Before I forget, my thanks to all of you and your great suggestions. Love this place. Save me mucho money.
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Concours C10 / ZG1000 General Chat and Tech / Re: Just bought a 2004 c10
« Last post by Jim on Today at 06:00:06 pm »
That's pretty crappy mileage.  Any chance your choke/enrichment linkage is not adjusted correctly?  As connie_rider suggested, float bowl height is critical.  It's actually pretty easy to verify float level with the carbs on the bike.  And while you're there, you can verify whether or not you have overflow tubes by blowing into a hose connected to your bowl drains.

Have you checked your air filter?  Could be disintegrating or grossly over-oiled.

Are you guesstimating your mileage by the gas gauge or calculating it at a fill-up?

Does the missing/surging happen under unique circumstances (crosswinds, low/high temps, only after the engine is well heat soaked)?  Just wondering why the dealer can't duplicate it.
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Concours 14 / ZG1400 General Chat and Tech / Re: Broken Handlebar
« Last post by connie_rider on Today at 05:59:15 pm »
Hopefully nothing else was damaged?

I got tired of attaching the straps to the triple tree's and built a (home made) system that uses a wheel chock, attaches the bike to the trailer with turnbuckles {thru the center of the axles}. 
Really works great, but too much work for most to build...
A company (T-Rex) in Dallas is building a similar system..
   http://t-rex-racing.com/catalog.php?category=1306

Others have discovered other systems.
I think many are using the Pit Bull system.

Ride safe, Ted
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