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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by wickerman777, Nov 4, 2006.
Why is your gas high? You guys got tons of it up there in the north.
That's what we’d like to know. It’s been investigated but there are no easy answers. Everything is more expensive here.
If you live off the road system, & that is most of the state, you are really screwed. 7 bucks a gallon for gas is possible, even $10 in some places have been reported in the past. Heating oil is also very, very high. Store bought food, can be off the charts.
A 2008 article reported that way up in Barrow ... ”...a loaf of bread goes for $6; a gallon of milk, $10.00; a dozen eggs, $4.60; a pound of strawberries, $10; a half-pound of lunch meat is $7.”
Right now here in Anchorage the bread I like is fairly expensive at $5.29 a loaf.
Wow... I buy one of the most expensive of the regular breads here and it is only about $4 and on sale for 3 quite often. In CA we call the high cost of living here sunshine tax... Is yours the freeze you balls off tax?
The reason for high fuel costs in AK is because of shipping. The only refinery in AK is in Valdez, and that one only refines diesel/jet fuel for the military. Oil gets shipped down to WA/OR/CA, refined, and shipped back. It's pretty ironic to be filling up your car/truck/bike in Valdez and looking over at the oil terminal. Giant tankers lining up to fill up with oil, and you are two miles away paying 3 times the price of gasoline in the lower 48. Living in Cordova was even worse for prices. On the plus side, natural gas was dirt cheap when I lived in Anchorage, which made the heating bill bearable. There are some things I miss about living in AK, high prices aren't among them.
There is Tesoro's Nikiski oil refinery in Kenai. "Opened in 1969, the Kenai refinery has been under Tesoro's operations longer than any of the other refineries."
There is also the Flint Hills refinery in North Pole. Closed one or maybe even two units but AFAIK they are still producing gasoline.
Apparently, as you say, the Petro Star Valdez Refinery does not produce gasoline but what they do produce is not only for the military.
Products: Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel, Commercial Jet Fuel, Military JP-8 and JP-5 Jet Fuel, Marine Diesel, Home Heating Oil, Turbine Fuel.
I am not 100% sure right now but think that the Nikiski refinery & the Flint Hills refinery are the only two that we have left up here that are producing gasoline. Most of our oil is shipped to the West coast of the lower 48.
Enough of this .... let's get back to XT225s.
Took a 113 mile ride yesterday in SE AZ.
Has pics of what's left of an old ghost town.
Had some fun in the snow today.
Kinda wish I had snow to play in for a day...
XT's in snow can be fun
Taking main out, the nozzle turned. There is an open area in nozzle, does it go towards barrel or air box? Can you tighten nozzle?
Also snapped small plastic piece that connects float together. Crazy Glue or does someone have a float they don't want?
Thanks for any help.
Worlds worst mechanic
"... main out, nozzle turned.." What ?
One source for a Float, #30, $48
Bike Bandit is ripping people off.
The same OEM float is $34.98 at Ron Ayers.
Damn, that's a much better price! Surprised at the difference. WTF?
To say nothing of the $136 to $148 lower price for a complete carb at R. A. :eek1
Thanks for replies. Yes #24 the nozzle turns into carb and then #29 main screws into nozzle so you can change or clean.
Half of the nozzle is open and need to know if the open part is towards barrel or air box. Can't seem to find that in pics.
Thanks again for your help and the Ron Ayers tip.
Worlds worst mechanic
What do you mean by open part? Open part of what? Are you talking about the brass tube that is under the main nozzle(#29)? Does it look something like this?
A photo or two of what you're talking about might help.
Thanks for pic WayneJ.
If this is the tube that sticks up in the carb, the nozzle, that that main jet screws in to, mine is broke.
On your pic, there is a hole at top. Mine looks like it has broken off at the hole. Half is there and half is broke off, I guess.
When I tried to take main out BOTH brass pieces turned and did not come out. Will try harder tonight. That means something else will break.
Thanks again for pic.
Worlds worst mechanic
The pic of the emulsion tube I posted was out of a Honda lawnmower engine carb.
I think the one in the XT carb is not supposed to come out. That is why it's not in the parts diagram. If it did come out, you might need a new carb. Especially if it is broken and in two pieces. There is really no way to fix it. Bummer.
Just looked at my spare carb and emulsion tube seems to be pressed in.... I would not suggest trying to remove it. Unless as Wayne said, you want to buy a new carb.
does anyone know if it is possible to adjust the valves without removing the fuel tank? I have a Haynes and that is what it suggest. This is the first time every working on a motorcycle, so my knowledge is none. i do have to replace the right side engine cover, that is leaking. so i'll just change the filter/oil while i'm at it. Got to get the bike ready, spring is coming and i'm itching to ride.
anyone out there have some tip/tricks for me?
Never done it but Im sure it would be a PIA to do it with the tank on. Cant be very hard & gotta be way easier than the other stuff youre gonna do.
Pull it & clean any dirt away that might fall into the engine after you open it up to adjust the valves.