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Old September 14th, 2021, 10:45 AM   #1
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NEVER EVER clean carbs with safety wire!

Bought a used junker "race bike". I knew it would need lots of TLC to make it my spec track worthy and it did not disappoint. However, I could never get it to run right and dyno showed the same. Adjusting idle mix screws did nothing, changing pilots did nothing and finally I found out why. Complete and total tear down, inspection and a little bit of bore scope revealed a piece of safety wire stuck in a carb passage. Ya'll wanna know why it's preached to never use wire to clean a carb, here's your WHY.

Pics of a clean port vs the offender that explains all the issues I was having. Thanks to Ducatiman for selling me a set of carbs that I know will be spotless, trouble free and all I need to add are my race jets and go!
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Alternative, various methods DO exist to safely, properly clear twisting, winding hidden circuits/ports without leaving ummm, remnants behind.
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LOL that's ODD.... because I've used wire to clean passages in carbs for years
and NEVER got a piece stuck in there like that ! you gott'a be gentile when cleaning a carb, not brake out the hammer and pound it in there till it stops !
Now days I use tiny little brushes that I found for carb cleaning their stronger than wire and better all around...
but I bet if you tried real hard you could brake off a chunk of one of those brushes too....
it just goes to show ya that some people should not attempt to clean carburetors ! it takes attention to detail, finesse and carefulness ! not to Hurt the carbs !
Its too late when you've gone too far !
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Safety wire's tough sh*t!!! There's no way it could've broken off inside carb. It was poked in too far and slipped in. Then wasn't or couldn't be retrieved, so they just left it!!! EEEeeeediots!!!

As mentioned many times before, carbs aren't "easy". If you can't do full refurb and restoration back to factory-fresh clean condition, send it to ducatiman who can.
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