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Offline fmctm1sw

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Has anyone used toilet bowl cleaner to clean carbs?
« on: November 25, 2007, 10:08:23 AM »
I picked up the tip here about using "The Works" toilet bowl cleaner to clean the inside of my gas tank.  That stuff did a number to the inside of my tank (AND the outside).  That stuff was pretty cheap as well.   I would have never thought it would work like that.  It made me wonder if I could use Berryman B12 on the inside of my tank.   Basically is anything caustic good?   I also know Berryman dip is rather expensive compared to this toilet bowl cleaner.  So...  If I yanked my carbs apart and dunked them in a vat of toilet bowl cleaner, would that be a good idea?  Would it clean them like B12?
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Re: Has anyone used toilet bowl cleaner to clean carbs?
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2007, 10:40:22 AM »
I'd use caution when using toilet bowl cleaner on the entire carb. I've used "bowl brite" to clean the jets, but that stuff will disolve aluminum entirely :o I've actually used it to take off melted piston bits of a cast iron cylinder, it fizzes up the aluminum and you can wipe it off with a rag. I'd make sure it's not doing that to your poor carbs  :(
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Re: Has anyone used toilet bowl cleaner to clean carbs?
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2007, 03:35:42 PM »
SnoBol (toilet cleaner like others) is a mild solution of phosphoric acid. It will do wonders for the rusted steel tank, but don't use it on aluminum. It will cause damage as it corrodes it quickly.

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Re: Has anyone used toilet bowl cleaner to clean carbs?
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2007, 03:56:03 PM »
Best stuf to clean carbs is boiling them in lemon juice.  Only thing is you gotta do it outside.  Get a hotplate, run an extension cord, fill a sauce pan with a bottle or two of lemon juice and boil each carb in the lemon juice for a while.  It will bubble and smell awful, but it works wonders.



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Re: Has anyone used toilet bowl cleaner to clean carbs?
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2007, 05:13:13 PM »
Check the tread on Simple Green. Does a real nice job with no drama.
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Re: Has anyone used toilet bowl cleaner to clean carbs?
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2007, 06:42:57 PM »
I'm with the simple green. WD 40 all around, in and out, and then soak in simple green solution, and clean and polish til your're out of beer.



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Re: Has anyone used toilet bowl cleaner to clean carbs?
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2007, 03:51:16 AM »
I picked up the tip here about using "The Works" toilet bowl cleaner to clean the inside of my gas tank.  That stuff did a number to the inside of my tank (AND the outside). 
What do you mean by "That stuff did a number to...."  doesn't sound good.  ???



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Re: Has anyone used toilet bowl cleaner to clean carbs?
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2007, 07:13:56 AM »
Uh, No. :o

Simple Green and an ultrasonic cleaner for 20/25 min. I had my carbs apart last week and was still impressed by how clean they remained after year.
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Re: Has anyone used toilet bowl cleaner to clean carbs?
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2007, 07:24:36 AM »
Yamaha carb cleaner is very good. These carbs are easy to clean compared to the later CV carbs. Dannie   PS What happened to the spell check?             



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Re: Has anyone used toilet bowl cleaner to clean carbs?
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2007, 12:14:05 PM »
Just because a carb looks like s**t doesn't mean you can use toilet cleaner on it.   :P  Sorry, I had to say it.
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Re: Has anyone used toilet bowl cleaner to clean carbs?
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2007, 12:56:40 PM »
+1 for Simple green, plus it is reusable.



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Re: Has anyone used toilet bowl cleaner to clean carbs?
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2007, 01:30:26 PM »
If you do use toilet cleaner in the carbs, at least be sure to flush!
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Re: Has anyone used toilet bowl cleaner to clean carbs?
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2007, 05:54:09 PM »
I picked up the tip here about using "The Works" toilet bowl cleaner to clean the inside of my gas tank.  That stuff did a number to the inside of my tank (AND the outside). 
What do you mean by "That stuff did a number to...."  doesn't sound good.  ???

Pinhole city...  Since I was typically unprepared, it flash rusted almost immediately since I didn't coat it with anything.  Now I developing solution for the holes...

...and some good word play on the whole toilet thing...  After it stripped the inside of my tank, it turned my driveway brown too when I dumped it!
« Last Edit: November 26, 2007, 05:56:37 PM by fmctm1sw »
re: burnouts thread 
Quote from: 754
Dude is that a tire ? or an O-ring..??

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1973 CB750K3 (http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php?topic=92888.0)
1984 Kawasaki KLT-250 (AKA 3 wheeler of death)

 

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