Recommendation for Mechanic in Dallas Area

Discussion in 'Texas Bikers' started by 96M, Oct 8, 2003.

  1. 96M

    96M Guest


    I'm a newby coming back to motorcycling after 10+ years of absence. I
    recently purchased a fixer-upper (86 Kawasaki ZX1000R) and thought I might
    be spending this winter fixing it up.

    The bike exhibits the typical rough idle from the gas sitting in the
    carburators too long. Since this is a fixer-upper, I wasn't planning on
    spending too much money nor starting on fixing it until the weather turns
    cold (too many honey-do items still pending).

    Unfortunately, I noticed in the last few days the carburators are leaking
    gas onto the ground. The bike is now parked in the yard and out of the
    garage for fear of the spontaneous combustion caused by the leaking fuel.
    The fuel leak is so bad that it is actually stinking up the yard! So now I
    need to get this taken care of ASAP.

    Can anyone recommend a good (and inexpensive if that is possible) motorcycle
    mechanic who is experienced in rebuilding/sync'ing multiple carbs. I need
    to get this bike to a shop ASAP, but can afford to wait a while on the
    repair. I don't really have a preference for the dealers as I had some bad
    experiences with the dealer's service years back. If that has changed in
    recent years, do let me know. I would much prefer an independent mechanic
    (or even a backyard moonlighter) who has some experience with this type of
    bike that I can actually talk to. Like I said before, this WAS a project
    bike and I am fairly mechnically inclined but just do not have the time
    right now. If the shop can actually pickup the bike from my place (Plano)
    if would save me from borrowing/renting a pickup/trailer.

    A question on the same problem, how do I turn off the fuel from the petcock?
    The position on it are On-Pri-Res. Anyone with a original owners manual
    they like to part with?


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    96M, Oct 8, 2003
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    Mark Olson Guest

    The problem isn't really the carbs, although they probably do need a
    good cleaning and may need to have the float needles replaced, too.

    This bike has a vacuum operated petcock that should completely shut off
    the flow of fuel to the carbs anytime the engine isn't running, so long
    as you do not have the petcock in the PRIME position. Either you are
    leaving it in the PRIME position rather than RUN[1], or the petcock's
    rubber guts are rotted out. Check the petcock position, and if it's
    not set to PRIME, you'll need to rebuild or replace it.

    [1] And dirty/worn float needles are allowing the fuel to leak out of
    the carbs.
    Mark Olson, Oct 8, 2003
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    Rob May Guest

    You could just drain the gas into a gasoline container, they are super cheap
    at Walmart. Then you can stick with your plan of making it a winter
    project. A whole lot cheaper than taking it (or having someone pick it up
    and take it) to a mechanic.
    Rob May, Oct 9, 2003
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    Brian Walker Guest

    Brian Walker, Oct 9, 2003
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