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Offline jdubb1977

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I learned 2 good things about carb boots today...
« on: June 02, 2010, 09:05:13 pm »
1.  That the ol' wintergreen oil/xylene mix on carb boots (both engine & airbox sides) works!!.  They went on like butter!  Seriously, no more broomsticks for leverage, cases of beer (to handle the stress), etc etc.  It did stink up the garage pretty good, but I can live with that.  I let the engine boots soak for 3 days, and the airbox boots for 24hrs.  Both are MUCH more pliable now. 

2.  This may come as a "duh" thing for you veterans out there, but it just clicked for me.  When lining up the engine to carb boots, there are numbers (1-4) on the boots.  I knew they should read in order from left to right, but just realized that they also show how the boots should be positioned correctly.  Each number should face straight up (as in, if you're looking at them from above, the numbers should be staring right back at you, and read 1-4 from left to right).  When they do, the boots will line up perfectly to the engine & carbs. 

Now I just have to remember how to get my throttle cables reconnected!

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Re: I learned 2 good things about carb boots today...
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2010, 09:39:09 am »
you know, the "duh" moments are usually the most enlightening!  at least they are to me, because all that advanced knowledge youre proud of is for s*%t unless you have the small stuff down! 
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Re: I learned 2 good things about carb boots today...
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2010, 06:41:13 pm »
No, you had an ahhhhh moment.
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Re: I learned 2 good things about carb boots today...
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2010, 11:37:44 am »
Another thing that works well, and conditions them is silicon spray.  I use the HONDA brand....

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Re: I learned 2 good things about carb boots today...
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2010, 11:34:10 pm »
Is this the stuff that works to soften carb boots rubbers? If not where can you get it and what dose it look like?

http://www.walgreens.com/store/catalog/Antiseptics/Apothecary-Isopropyl-Rubbing-Alcohol-70/ID=prod476-product
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Offline Blasbo

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Re: I learned 2 good things about carb boots today...
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2010, 09:33:27 am »
More like this I think
http://www.nutricity.com/n/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=3913&utm_medium=feed&utm_source=froogle
Don't know if it would work with isopropanol. Also doesn't say how much wintergreen (Methyl Salicylate) is in there.
Usually it's mixed with xylol
http://www.castlewholesalers.com/KLEAN-STRIP-QXY-24-Xylene-Xylol-Qt-.html
in about a 1:3 ratio.
http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php?topic=62328.50
But if you have some old boots, buy a bottle and see how it works. If it does, let us know.
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Re: I learned 2 good things about carb boots today...
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2010, 06:14:22 pm »
The wintergreen  is expensive and unnecessary - the plain xylol works fine.
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Re: I learned 2 good things about carb boots today...
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2010, 07:20:45 am »
While you are soaking the boots, Try the grommets for the side covers. I did mine and they still work good.
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