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Old 5th November 2007
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my pops was told at a stealership that the carb should not be drained because te gaskets will dry out in the carb.. is there any merit to this? whats better? dried gaskets or gummed fuel?
I have never had a problem with carb gaskets drying out. I have revived three bikes that had each sat for several years and never saw this problem. If it is a concern i would apply some gasket dressing to the gaskets during carb overhaul. The Keihin carbs in the ironheads have no gaskets, just one rubber o-ring. It will not get dry rot over winter storage.

IMO there is no merit to that opinion.
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I have never had a problem with carb gaskets drying out. I have revived three bikes that had each sat for several years and never saw this problem. If it is a concern i would apply some gasket dressing to the gaskets during carb overhaul. The Keihin carbs in the ironheads have no gaskets, just one rubber o-ring. It will not get dry rot over winter storage.

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thanks, i kind of figured it wouldnt matter. my next question is where do i find
"engine preservative spray"? i checked the local parts store and they had nothing.. in fact the guy didnt know what i was talking about, and i checked online and i couldnt really find anything. is there another name for it, or a particular brand i should look for? i got the charger and the fuel preservative (stabilize).. all i need is the engine preservative spray..

thanks!
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I would never dream of not riding for the winter .... but thanks now can those tips on things like my chain saw.
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thanks, i kind of figured it wouldnt matter. my next question is where do i find
"engine preservative spray"? i checked the local parts store and they had nothing.. in fact the guy didnt know what i was talking about, and i checked online and i couldnt really find anything. is there another name for it, or a particular brand i should look for? i got the charger and the fuel preservative (stabilize).. all i need is the engine preservative spray..

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Check with an auto parts store or a small engine shop.There is a product for "fogging" the cyls basically an oil spray for the top end.Not sure what it is called
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My winterizing prep consists of making sure I don't still have straight 50 or 60 wt oil in the tank and leaving the gas tank full after every ride. I guess that's one of many advantages of living down South - I can usually squeeze in a few decent riding days every month all through winter. By decent, I mean 60's F and above ). A friend and I went on a New Year's Day ride a few years ago in t-shirts! Ate lunch at an outdoor bar-b-que dive out in the sticks. That's my kind of winter!
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Here is a link for battery care from Yuasa

http://www.yuasabatteries.com/motor_battery.asp

You can get "Fogging Spray" at any boat shop.
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thanks, i kind of figured it wouldn't matter. my next question is where do i find
"engine preservative spray"? i checked the local parts store and they had nothing.. in fact the guy didn't know what i was talking about, and i checked online and i couldn't really find anything. is there another name for it, or a particular brand i should look for? i got the charger and the fuel preservative (stabilize).. all i need is the engine preservative spray..

thanks!
Engine storage spray. Used not only for motorcycles but also for cars, boats, lawn mowers, whatever. Should come in a spray can with a straw.

The more traditional approach is to pour about 1/2 oz of oil into each cylinder thru the spark plug holes and crank the engine briefly with spark plugs installed but disconnected.

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Any marina will happily sell you engine fogger (storage spray).

I like the Merc stuff for my outboards. I don't put the bike "away" so a little sta-bil for the several weeks possible beteween rides.
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I just run around for about 3 hours today, and here in Michigan theres SNOW, just got kinda warm today so I pulled it out and shot down town and and a few other places then home. It was a chilly ride but well worth it.
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Man some of you guys have it tough. I live in FL where it is hot all year round. I can ride all year.
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