really odd problem!!

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Werdna, Jun 1, 2007.

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  1. Werdna

    Werdna Guest

    Ok this is going to sound really odd! I leaned my bike up against a tree and left it sitting their for 5-10 mins and now my bike realy doesn't work like normal! When I pull in the clutch instead of idling like normal the engine cuts, I don't get near as much speed and acceleration, and my bike sounds different! No one tampered with it and I can't imagine leaning it against a tree did all that much to it!!! So something probably got worn out or something? Maybe it nuged something that changed the strenght of my spark? I don't know...I've tampered around with it and it still isn't quite like normal!
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!


  2. JosephGarcia

    JosephGarcia Guest

    Check the float in your carberator, maybe its stuck. check the tightness of the wires and connections, I leaned my bike against a bush once and the branches ripped out a wire as i pulled it away.
  3. locoWelder

    locoWelder Guest

    Trees don't like our bikes, just the other day I was going by a tree and out of nowere I got hit by 2 chipmunks and a squirl :evil: :evil:
  4. lotsa_mpg

    lotsa_mpg Guest

    This is a really common problem, Werdna. It's caused by capillary action whereby the sap within the tree trunk will actually seep through microscopic pores in the frame of the bike. Once it gets within the frame, there's really no stopping it. The stuff will fill the tubing up and eventually work it's way into the carb and fuel system resulting in clogged jets. So the lack of power you are experiencing is actually a twofold problem 1) the plugged carb is not providing the engine with enough fuel. 2) your bike now weighs 145 pounds because it's right full of sap.

    Of course, I assume you realize I am kidding. And the problem you're experiencing would no doubt, have occurred no matter where you left the bike parked. It's likely just something simple. I'd pull the carb apart and see if something went awry in there. A e-clip may have just choosen to slip off of the needle or perhaps there's a prob with the float. Have you tried a different spark plug? Or it may in fact be a loose wire that got tugged by a branch. Let us know what it turns out to be.

  5. Werdna

    Werdna Guest

    ha ha! I'll check my carb and wires....I don't have another spark plug to check but I problably should get some extras. Thanks for the advice!
  6. philcred

    philcred Guest

    them bloody trees

    I too have had a similar problem with trees, a few weeks ago I was riding home along a dirt track and a tree come out from no were a knocked me clean off my bike.

    have you checked your air filter for flow.
    when you lean your bike over too far fuel/oil can leak into your filter and reduce the flow.
  7. Werdna

    Werdna Guest

    ok-I found out what my problem was! I took apart my carb and checked it all out...didn't find any problems so I thougth that I would check my gasket while I had the carb of. The gasket basicaly was non excistant. Made one out of ceral box and my bike now works really well! How long will a ceral box gasket last? I'm thinking about getting some gasket material and replacing it it ok if I ride it in the mean time?
  8. locoWelder

    locoWelder Guest

    it will be fine for a little wile, get you a new gaskit asap.....glad to hear your up and runing :grin:
  9. Kielohawk

    Kielohawk Guest

    Hey Werdna, Are you talking about the float bowl gasket? I have a really thin gasket on my bowl and it leaks a bit when my bike sits on the kickstand. There is always a bit of gas on the outside/bottom of the bowl. How hard was the gasket to cut from the cereal box? I was thinking of making a new gasket from a sheet of gasket making material that I have, but I thought it would be really hard to cut such a narrow gasket.

  10. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    the float bowl gasket would be tough to replicate by hand, but if it's intact, letting it dry and cleaning it should be all you need. the screws have to a bit tighter than you might think, they'll hold. when doing carby work, "clean" is the keyword.

    the intake gasket can be replaced with a hard flat cardboard like a cereal or saltine box. use gasket sealer both sides. make certain the flange is flat & file it flat if you need to. check tightness frequently after install. this method has lasted for over 300 miles on mine, and no signs of breakdown any time soon 8)
  11. JosephGarcia

    JosephGarcia Guest

    Take the bowl off, disconect the gas line, let the carb, bowl, and gasket dry thouroughly. Re-assemble, and tighten the bolts. Since I did this the carb hasn't had a single leak and is still new looking.

    Clean the float bowl with Carb Cleaner.
  12. Werdna

    Werdna Guest

    It's the intake gasket that I was talking about-sorry I wasn't clear....My carb has leaked a little so I'll try drying it out!

    Thanks for all your imput!
  13. FatPete

    FatPete Guest

    Intake gasket

    Make sure you seal the intake properly as it will weaken the mixture and you may well end up seizing the engine under a hard exceleration.
  14. buzbikebklyn1

    buzbikebklyn1 New Member


    A new strain of mutant bike hating trees has been discovered!
    These trees are clever and tricky, they are capable of actually jumping out from the side of the road and blocking your path at the worst possible moment and your butt over tea kettle and then jumping back into position as you find your self laying flat on your back,looking up at the sky.
    Scientists claim these mutant trees are drawn to the smell of two stroke oil.


    my wife still hates my bike
  15. Antonn

    Antonn New Member

    to add to leaking carb....

    I had the same issue of gas seeping out from the carb after sitting on the stand for a bit. So I take the petcock off to check if it is working, well guess they dont work like normal petcocks... that one position is open and a full sweep would be closed ...youd think !!
    I initially would point the FUEL --> arrow on the "wiper" down towards the carb as ON and pointing towards the tank as OFF.
    Wrong..point the Fuel --> towards ON and OFF on the petcock body and now it works normally .
  16. radrob

    radrob Member

    just thought i would share some info. i work at a autoparts store and found a couple gaskets that are close to the intake and exhaust. make a couple holes bigger and you are in.

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  17. fredric4413

    fredric4413 New Member

    Now I feel like a dumb *** !! After taking my carb apart and most of the rest of my engine I didnt pay a lot of attention to the gaskets . My bike just didnt seem to be getting the same power that it had before . Ill do a gasket check tomorrow . Thanks yall FRED