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Why won't my Honda GL1100 idle?

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Old 12-06-2008   #1
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My Honda GL1100 motorcycle won't idle! I have cleaned the carbs. One main jet was totally plugged but the rest were clear. Bike runs good at speeds over 40mph!
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you failed to clean the idle jets and or idle air and fuel circuits. Take them back off and finish the job.Try the product called seafoam, its made to clean plugged outboards, it may help, may even fix it. but its really still just plugged.
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If you did not install the new o-rings for the main jets that is the problem.When air bubbles get by the o-rings the motor will die at idle ,and cut out on accelleration.I hope I have helped.
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Did you sync the carbs?
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check your timing belts dude.
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My Honda GL1100 motorcycle won't idle! I have cleaned the carbs. One main jet was totally plugged but the rest were clear. Bike runs good at speeds over 40mph!
In order to clean the ports you can't remove, you need a special cleaning tool based on a #80 (0.013").

Trying to save on a rebuilt kit is asking for trouble. With four carbs, you should a least get new jets, considering their critical tolerance. Just shooting carb cleaner won't clear clugged ports, jets and jet's emulsion tubes.

You need more than luck and hard work, you need a service manual on hand. Without it, your chances of success on a set of four carbs are low. For instance, the most critical adjustment is on the idle mixture screw (or pilot screw). You must check if it is damaged, which is very easy to do if you force it. The number of turns recommended is critical.

Basic steps should be:
1- Perform a compression test. Low or uneven compression will interfere with idle and carb adjustments.
2- Service your carbs, reassemble.
3- Get fresh gas, new spark plugs and balance your carbs.
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