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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-11-2002, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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Is there anything wrong with putting a carb cleaner additive in your sleds gas? Can it hurt the motor? I know it is not a replacement for cleaning the carbs, but it could keep them cleaner. Most manufactures state on the bottle that they can be used in all 2 and 4 stroke engines.


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I am not sure. I would just remove the carbs and clean them yourself. By adding to many additives to the fuel tends to reduce viscosity and the high compression engines in sleds need the higher octane rating to avoid knocking. However, a little isopropyl is okay just not too much. Cleaning the carbs is not really all that big of a deal so take the time and do it right so you will have many miles of fun!

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With a number of expensive parts in late model carbs being made from plastic I'm not sure thats a good idea. Cleaning them before each season by taking them appart is your best bet.

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just takes a few minutes to clean them by hand and then u know tht they are clean, no worries about wether the clenaer works or not.
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Been running it in street bikes for quite awhile with no issues other than the fact that they seem to run poorly
while the stuff is in the tank. If I were lacking the skill/time
to pull the carbs/injectors/fuel pump down, I don't think I would have many reservations about running it in a sled -as long as I didn't have any long, wide open runs planned while it's in use (until the next fill up). It has cleared up some problems in the bikes, but I'd like to note that some of the jets used on the bikes are much, much smaller than what you are likely to see on a sled.

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-12-2002, 12:38 PM
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The situation for me is that I don't know how to clean my carbs. I am only 15 and have never been taught. Does anyone know if there are any websites that show how to do it. I also have efi.
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If you have EFI, then you dont have carbs. So dont worry about it.

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Originally posted by Troy2992@Dec 12 2002, 12:40 PM
If you have EFI, then you dont have carbs. So dont worry about it.
Solved that problem pretty easily, didn't he.

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-13-2002, 10:35 AM
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now i feel stupid.
Is there anything else in the engine that I need to clean?
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-22-2003, 10:17 PM
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i use kleen-flo isoproyl and it claims to have carburator / injector cleaner in it but i think with the isopropyl that is what some of the wife's nail polish remover is.

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