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Old 03-22-2015, 06:55 PM   #1
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WTH just happened??

So I have an 86 C10 that I bought last year as a commuter. I like the bike alot! So much that in August I rode it to W. Virginia from Maine and staved on it for four days. It performed quite well but was starting hard on the last day. I rode it to work two more times and then parked it for the car for about two weeks...not sure why I did that...

Any way I woke up one day in mid September and the bike would not start.... I put it away and decided to fix it over the winter. My buds suggested tight valves. No problem! Using Steve in Sunny Florida and a manual valves got adjusted. They were all a bit tight.

key on, hit the button,.... no go... Damnit!! I knew it was carbs...

Again, Thanks Shudaben Engineering, I removed the carbs and completely serviced them. Some dirt in the floats but not a lot. Put it together and try it...NUTHIN!

Oh yeah. Before all of this I had put spark plugs in it and checked the spark..all good.

So I have fuel and spark, the valves are good.... I am starting to get worried.( compression??) I have never had a bike I could not fix and I like my Connie... WTF??


I take everything apart double check all of it. put it together and NUTHIN... Screw it Im gonna use starting fluid. So I put the ether to it and it came on like a hound from hell! I thought I had blown the thing up. I turned it off and let it sit... for hours. Then I tried it and it fired right up and set into an idle. Then I tried it again... SAME! The bike has started and runs great every time since the ether shot.... any ideas what the hell just happened to me???

The good news is.. I got the Connie to ride again!
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Old 03-22-2015, 07:14 PM   #2
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Did you put the petcock on prime to fill the bowls first? Oh, and never let a C10 Connie sit with fuel in it, unless you treat it. Steve uses 2oz of TCW-3 2-stroke oil per tank to keep his carbs from gumming up. The idle passages are tiny and will gum up with the least provocation.
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Old 03-22-2015, 07:22 PM   #3
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Fuel, check.
Spark, check.
Compression, check.
All at the right time? That's the hard part.

Also, check your tank and fuel lines so that you don't have a repeat.
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Old 03-22-2015, 08:06 PM   #4
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Fuel, check.
Spark, check.
Compression, check.
All at the right time? That's the hard part.

Also, check your tank and fuel lines so that you don't have a repeat.
Module in HEI , plastic timing gear (cam), distributor gear. SBCH will do something if it has spark, fuel

Compression test gets my #1
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Old 03-22-2015, 08:54 PM   #5
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Run Techron through it several times to clean the carbs and fuel system.
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Old 03-23-2015, 06:28 PM   #6
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All the attempted cranking finally cleared the remaining water out of the system just as you sprayed the starting fluid.

I'm serious. Happened to me that way on my DRZ and my R12GS.
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Old 03-24-2015, 11:42 PM   #7
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All the attempted cranking finally cleared the remaining water out of the system just as you sprayed the starting fluid.

I'm serious. Happened to me that way on my DRZ and my R12GS.
^ this. You got some crap fuel. Next time it happens try starting fluid first.
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