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Deseret Rider
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776 Posts
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Helper, Utah
USA

BMW

R1100RT

Posted - 03/09/2015 :  6:24 PM                       Like
I went back quite a fe pages in the maintenance section without finding any info on this. About a hundred years ago (maybe it was only 50) I could buy a 'soak' from the auto parts store which would overnight render even the worst carb parts sparkling clean---and did not harm aluminum or brass parts either.
these days I can't get that---I guess it might be outlawed as toxic or something. So has anyone found anything that will remove the sorts of stuff that forms inside of carb's left idle for a winter season? I've used Sea Foam and others to try to prevent these sludges and gums from forming but they aren't entirely successful. now I'd like to find something to soak carb parts in which will leave them sparkling clean ---as in the old days.
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scottrnelson
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Pleasanton, CA
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KTM

990 Adv, XR650L

Posted - 03/09/2015 :  6:49 PM
Pine-Sol will do it, but don't put any rubber parts in there.

Mix up a batch that is fairly strong and soak overnight. You might have to take a toothbrush to any sections that are super greasy and soak it some more. Rinse it good when you're done and be sure to wear rubber gloves.
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Deseret Rider
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776 Posts
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Helper, Utah
USA

BMW

R1100RT

Posted - 03/10/2015 :  1:47 AM
quote:
Originally posted by scottrnelson

Pine-Sol will do it, but don't put any rubber parts in there.

Mix up a batch that is fairly strong and soak overnight. You might have to take a toothbrush to any sections that are super greasy and soak it some more. Rinse it good when you're done and be sure to wear rubber gloves.



Thanks Scott----I'll try that.
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TonicBIA
Male Senior Member
382 Posts


Arlington, Va
USA

Triumph

Sprint ST

Posted - 03/10/2015 :  11:00 AM
The dip you are looking for is still available.

http://www.autozone.com/fuel-and-en.../139313_0_0/

However, you can also find a used ultrasonic cleaner on craigslist if you hunt a bit. With a mix of simple green, heat and the ultrasonic it will get things sparkling in no time. You can also clean it out and use it for other things like jewelry.

It's been my go to instead of leaving a gallon of carb dip just sitting in my garage.
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