Carb Cleaning Gone Wrong
I recently came back from living in Japan for the past three years and I've been trying to get my bike back into tip top shape. That's when it all went wrong.
I have a 2008 V-Star 1100 Classic. I'm the original owner and have about 6000 miles on it. I bought it as new old stock in 2011, but got orders to Japan in 2012 (hence the low miles). The only mods I have are cobra slash cut slip on mufflers and a just added Barron's big air kit (more on that later).
I got back this summer and went to get it from my buddy who had been taking care of it for me. He has some health issues that kept him from riding it for probably the better part of seven months, so the carbs were gunked up. Bike would run, but dump fuel out the overflow when you turned the throttle and then eventually flodded. We took out the carbs and cleaned them up, but I also bought the big air kit. This way I could clean AND re-jet the bike while adding a better air intake at the same time. Good idea, right?
Well I had to wait on the air kit then I got underway for three weeks (Navy stuff), so my bike sat with the carbs out and nothing covering my intake ports to the cylinders. But I finally got back, rejected the carbs with the Barrons air kit needles and main jets (115 for front cylinder, 112.5 for rear) and 4 turns on the PMS screw. I reinstalled the carbs, put the air kit on, put about 2 ounces of seafoam in the tank with about a 1.5 gallons of gas, and cranked it up.
She started up at first, but then it started to leak some fuel out the overflow hose. Then I noticed what looked like really clean oil dripping on the ground out of the exhaust pipe and a little white smoke from oil dripping onto the bottom exhaust pipe. The oil was only coming from the exhaust connected to the rear cylinder. Then more fuel out the overflow hose until the bike flooded and cut out.
I'm hoping someone can let me know what I did wrong or what is the best next step. Someone told me it may be a stuck needle (which I'm really hoping for so I do think have to take the carbs all the way out again) and not to worry about the oil thing. But oil in exhaust seems like a bad thing. Sorry for the novel on here. Let me know if you need more info. Thanks!