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    Carb reassembly question

    I checked the manual and the kip photo carb rebuild thread but I’m flummoxed by two things:

    I can’t figure out where to put the small washer that was on the needle assembly. (Looks like aftermarket needles.). Does it go under the clip (between the clip and the slide) or over the top of the clip? Seems risky to put it there. I thought it might be the “fat washer” used to further fine tune the needle height but the factory manual also mentions a washer but there is no pic. Of course I didn’t take one either.

    The other problem is that I can’t seem to get the needle holder on straight. When I turn the assembly clockwise to lock the needle holder the needle is cockeyed in the slide. I tried Kip’s tip of putting the needle in then holding the slide and needle by the tip and running the holder up on a socket from underneath but it still goes sideways. Any other trick to this? Put the spring on the needle then try to get it straight on the holder? Arghh!

    Thanks.

    #2
    The nib on the needle holder usually gets trimmed just a c-hair. The washer lifts the needle some. But I've never seen both washers and clips on needles.
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      #3
      needle shouldn't be held too tight and should have some wiggle.
      "It's only getting worse."


      MY rides: '97 VFR750, '90 Red Hawk, '88 Blue/Black Hawk, '86 RWB VFR700 (3), '86 Yamaha Radian, '90 VTR250, '89 VTR250 (2), '73 CB125, '66 Yamaha YL-1

      Sold: '86 FJ1200, '92 ZX-7, '90 Radian, '73 CB750, '89 all-white Hawk, '88 blue Hawk, '86 FZ600, '86 Yam Fazer 700 , '89 VTR250, '87 VFR700F2, '86 VFR700F.

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        #4
        Thanks SPA and squirrelman.

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          #5
          Ya, like bart said. Once you put the needle in if its to high for the retainer to go over just chop it off at the last clip slot. I hate trimming them. You pay $100 for a jet kit that comes with $8 worth of jets, a piece of paper and a pair of needles. That makes them $92 needles yet you need to hack them up. But 'tis the hawk life.

          Now take your stock needles and jets, throw them into that jet kit box and stick them on the shelf. They multiply like rabbits. In 10 years you will have 18 used up jet kits to sort through and not a set of good needles in the batch. But you will have to jet a hawk and will check them all anyway, that 10 min of hope is priceless....


          Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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            #6
            Originally Posted by 6 View Post
            Now take your stock needles and jets, throw them into that jet kit box and stick them on the shelf. They multiply like rabbits. In 10 years you will have 18 used up jet kits to sort through and not a set of good needles in the batch.
            And those jets will likely be only two sizes. I've lost track of how many 150s I have.
            ASMA #139

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              #7
              Thanks everybody. I trimmed a little more off the needle holder to make it all work. I'm setting aside the washer for now. Let's see how close I get.

              Oh, and yes, I kept the worthless rotten jets and put them back in the $89 clear plastic box....ha ha. Old habits die hard. Did the same with the last Hawk 20 years ago. When I sold it the new owner got to take possession of that box, along with all the smog stuff, etc.

              Old habits...

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