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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-16-2015, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone had a problem removing the air mixture screw on the VS650 carb? I got one out. The head stripped on the on the other one. What can I do to get this out? My mechanic wants to cut the housing around it. I'm not sure if that is a good idea or my only choice. Also, will a faulty fuel cutoff solenoid prevent the engine from starting.?
Where can I get these without costing an arm and a leg?
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motohead, I had nearly the same issue with my carbs. Front one good back one stripped out trying to adjust to 3.5 turns out.
Removed both carbs and sold on this site and purchased a pair of used ones on ebay. On my originals the screw had been sealed with some sort of epoxy that ran down into the threads and locked the screw tight. I ended up stripping it trying to adjust it.

The ones I purchased on Ebay worked fine. Adjustments made easily.
Of coarse it was a $200 bill not including all the labor and other parts.

You really only need to have access to these for one reason > re jetting!

I could go on for hours on this topic, I'll wait for you to respond...

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I've already looked for a replacement carb with no luck. I'm thinking about getting an "in and out" tool. I don't know if they make one that small. The carb had been re-jetted for a BAK by the previous owner. It sat for 2 years. I rebuilt it and put on a HC but left the jets. I will need to be able to make adjustments.
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The brass screws in these carbs are super soft. I tried to use an easy out on one of the ones that stripped on my carb and it just ate right through it.. ;\ Perhaps a reverse threaded screw would be your best bet as they won't just shave away at the screw?
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I tried all the methods recommended to me by several others and all were for not. These screws are super soft and will only be turned with the correct size screw driver.

Single carbs albeit front or rear may be even more uncommon than pairs. You could purchase a good matched pair and then sell your one good one.

I've seen carbs in sets for sale on ebay. If you have not looked check
it out first. Or look on the for sale section of this site,.

You also have an option of going to a single carb setup.
A guy on Ebay sells custom manifolds for single carbs.
Similar to that used on Harley Sportster's.

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Several pairs of carbs are on ebay right now. One is a buy it now at $299. The others are bid on items.

This would be your best alternative. After all riding season is ticking away....

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What year models fit a 2006 vs650 classic? I would normally go through every possible way to get this screw out but the replies have not filled me with confidence. Plus, the wire on one of the fuel cut off solenoids broke. I ordered two to replace both. On the cheap they were 340 for the pair. That's the cost of a complete ebay carb with solenoids. What are the chances I run into the same problem with an ebay carb?
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on the 1100 you can bypass the selonoids maybe the same for the 650...with the prices involved why not ask a machinist.
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Ask questions about the carbs, You are protected if they are not what
is listed in the ad. Ebay is good about that.

Save the questions for use later if issues arise. Do not delete them.

These threads inside the carb body are very fine. And not very deep.
Trying to drill it out and retap are impossible. A machinist MIGHT
be able to get it out, and is a crap shoot. If he can't back to square one.
If he can you still have to try to get the new pilot screw to thread into the hole. This is where the repair gets dicey. Any variation in how the pilot screw is set compared to the other carb is CRITICAL to balance between carbs . In other words all the adjustments are based on (lightly seated as a starting point).

If your 2006 does not have cat convertors it should be identical to earlier models.
You can also go on line to : Bike bandit .com and look up the year of your bike and its part number for the replacement carbs, Checking other years will reveal if the same number is for other years. I've done this many times with great results.
www.bikebandit.com

Last point Try to find carbs that were removed from a wrecked or parts bike and ask questions. Plenty out there just waiting to be purchased. Do not rush it. Get a good deal...

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Thanks. I went to bikebandit.com and think that I've found a match on ebay. I never wanted to drill and retap. I just wanted to get the old mixture screw out. A $7 part is costing me 300. Ridiculous. I'm going to take it to a guy to see if he can use an in and out and if it doesn't work, buy the other carb. My fear is that I get another carb and the head strips just like this one. I've already pulled the screw out of the other carb and ordered a replacement screw, so the carbs have to balanced no matter what anyway.
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