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Old 26th July 2012
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Excellent advice guys and I do appreciate it.

I will be following up on the in-tank filter (can I access it by pulling the petcock off?) , the A/C and the carburetor and will report progress.

Mick, on the topic of foam filters, given bike was equipped with one in '73 when it rolled off the factory floor, do you think it would be good enough now? Is it too primitive / inefficient?

This 9 to 5 thing has a way of getting in the way of the important stuff.
the in tank filter is reach thru the petcock , as far the stock air filter if properly oiled is ok , but if you need a new air filter then buy a k & n air filter if you can find one to fit your A/H housing . Nikki
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If I was gonna use a in line fuel filter I'd get one for gravity fed the auto one was made to be ok with a fuel pump but most are to restrictive for gravity fed.A lot of your old tractors and lawn mowers were gravity fed.
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i,would get one for a,motorcycle. i,got mine from,j&p. it has a,glass case so you can see any,impurities.
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... on the topic of foam filters ... do you think it would be good enough now? Is it too primitive / inefficient? ...
Yes it will be plenty good enough. Cleaning instructions from the FSM ...
  1. wash with detergent and water, or non-flammable petroleum solvent
  2. allow to dry thoroughly
  3. saturate with new crankcase oil, working in by hand until element is uniform in color
  4. drain off excess oil
I have used ordinary dish detergent for this. I would squeeze out excess oil as i think [rightly or wrongly?] that the FSM instructions to allow the excess to merely drain would leave it too wet with oil?
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if that solves your problem,you might consider,a,k&n air filter,as an upgrade. excellent air filter for any type of,vehicle. [like nikki,said.]
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in-line fuel filetrs for outboard boat motors also work. This time of year every hardware store stocks boating supplies
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The internal gas filter is shot, it had some holes in it which quickly became rips as I tried to remove it. Oddly the brass tube had vertical cracks in it. Will get new one. Picked up a new inline filter as well. Question, how do I get the manifold studs out to pull the carb off?
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The internal gas filter is shot, it had some holes in it which quickly became rips as I tried to remove it. Oddly the brass tube had vertical cracks in it. Will get new one. Picked up a new inline filter as well. Question, how do I get the manifold studs out to pull the carb off?
the new petcock will come with a new internal filter so no need for an inline filter . the nuts on the studs hold the carb on you should just need to remove the nuts and the air filter housing then pull the carb toward you . Nikki
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there are no nuts on the carb side of the manifold, just the ends of the studs are visible. there are nuts on the other side but these just want to back off wthout moving the stud at all. the studs are not slotted either. i was thinking the po had screwed them thru that way. the carb is on there as tight as can be. . any suggestions?
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Remove the nuts stud stays in carb.then you can remove carb
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