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Re: Carb switching.... very crazy but very rewarding
- Subject: Re: Carb switching.... very crazy but very rewarding
- From: Tpcutter@xxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2005 12:45:32 EST
In a message dated 2/3/05 11:38:16 AM Eastern Standard Time,
Few hobbyist biker activities are more challenging, rewarding, frustrating,
and beneficial that carb switcheroos. CRAZY. I've done it twice on Airheads
with never-before-attempted carbs.... crazy. Carbs are very very subtle and
have maybe 6-8 variables which you must tamper with to get passable
performance. And not cheap.
Funny that you mention it. I have had three clients over the years who
insisted on doing carb swaps on their bikes over and over. I "labeled" all three
the "crazies". None of their bikes ever ran as well as they did when set up
with the stock carbs.
For race bikes I have done many carb setups and even a mechanical fuel
injection setup on a 750cc BMW GP bike (I didn't really DO that one, I
assisted Udo Gietl while he did it.) But I learned early on that just getting
oddball carbs to work on the track is very difficult, and that's miles easier than
for a streetbike.
If I were a hobbyist, I might be engaged by such an endeavor. As a
professional mechanic, spending after-work time in the shop is abhorrent to me.