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82 fxr HELP! before i put a gun to my head..lol

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Old Aug 6th, 2010, 02:05 PM     #1
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82 fxr HELP! before i put a gun to my head..lol

My son picked up a 82 fxr that has been sitting in a garage for over 10 years he paid almost nothing for it. we drug it home changed the fluids and it started. but i found out the stator is bad but i can get a new one at a local shop. the prob is it will run great but after a few min"s it starts to sputter and dies. the batt has a full charge. it will restart and do the same thing anyone have an idea whats wrong. I have no idea about HD"s


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Old Aug 6th, 2010, 02:29 PM     #2
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Re: 82 fxr HELP! before i put a gun to my head..lol

the carb could be clogged up, float bowl sticking......that's where I would start, but a bike thats been sitting for ten years can have a ton of issues
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Old Aug 6th, 2010, 02:42 PM     #3
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carb has been cleaned put a rebuild kit in it. put new points conds plate and mags. but while it was running i puled the fuel line off and it died in 5 seconds. i was thinking it should have run longer than that it the bowl was full of gas? or am i wrong
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Old Aug 6th, 2010, 03:25 PM     #4
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Quote: Originally Posted by kody View Post
we drug it home changed the fluids and it started.
Sounds like all you did was charge a 10 year battery. Is that true?

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i was thinking it should have run longer than that it the bowl was full of gas? or am i wrong
I agree. I would think so also. Almost sounds like you have a float level that is almost Zero. I would expect longer than 5 seconds.

Some of the expert carb guys will chime in I am sure.

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Old Aug 6th, 2010, 03:47 PM     #5
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Re: 82 fxr HELP! before i put a gun to my head..lol

Pull the petcock out of the gas tank (after draining) and check the screen. Is there a fuel filter on the line from petcock and carb? Do you know if your model FXR has a vacuum petcock. Did you change the fuel line or is it 10+yrs old?
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If it were me I would do the entire fuel system over by cleaning the tank first and the petcock then move on to the carb and ensure it is all clean, then add fresh fuel and go from there. After a long period of not running if you don't go this route, you will only be doing things over again.
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Re: 82 fxr HELP! before i put a gun to my head..lol

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If it were me I would do the entire fuel system over by cleaning the tank first and the petcock then move on to the carb and ensure it is all clean, then add fresh fuel and go from there. After a long period of not running if you don't go this route, you will only be doing things over again.
#! in my book...and the cheapest thing you can do....make sure the vent in the fuel cap is open....if it can't vent properly, your symptom is exactly what will happen.
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If it were me I would do the entire fuel system over by cleaning the tank first and the petcock then move on to the carb and ensure it is all clean, then add fresh fuel and go from there. After a long period of not running if you don't go this route, you will only be doing things over again.
Old gas builds up a film of varnish, Glider is right on the money here, do it once and be happy
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Old Aug 6th, 2010, 09:43 PM     #9
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its great now! new line filter and new S&S carb thanks.
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Old Aug 6th, 2010, 10:12 PM     #10
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Re: 82 fxr HELP! before i put a gun to my head..lol

good luck take it slow . the s&S IS A GOOD CARB I HAVE IT ON MY 80 FLT. EASY TO CHANGE THE JETS IF U HAVE TO
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