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Hello; I am a new rider and mechanic SO PLEASE BE KIND! I AM JUST DYING TO GET BACK ON THE ROAD; just like all of you!!! and I am just here to learn and I don't want to get slammed for not knowing anything: I already know that I know nothing! BUT I am willing to learn and I got 100% on the mechanical section of the ASVAB if that means anything. and if being an 8 year veteran helps you be kind to me then I am willing to add that in as well 馃槀

I have a 2002 Bonneville America. I bought it off an old man that had a heart attack and couldn't ride. I LOVE this bike. everything about it. I got my license all that last year: rode it twice and it started dying after running for a few minutes. SO they said "hey take the carbs off... it's easy... clean them.... it's easy... " hahahahahah. anyways. I ordered the new screws and gaskets etc. replaced, cleaned all that.
PUTTING it back together is a very big deal. took it off it seemed like everything was SO OBVIOUS. lololololol. well when we all get over laughing hard about that thought: here is where I am stuck... I cannot figure out where these hoses go and I cannot find a photo that shows me.
I know that I'm probably going to have to trailer it to a mechanic mostly likely. But I really don't have the money for that and I'm hoping to make this run so I can RIDE asap.
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Hello; I am a new rider and mechanic SO PLEASE BE KIND! I AM JUST DYING TO GET BACK ON THE ROAD; just like all of you!!! and I am just here to learn and I don't want to get slammed for not knowing anything: I already know that I know nothing! BUT I am willing to learn and I got 100% on the mechanical section of the ASVAB if that means anything. and if being an 8 year veteran helps you be kind to me then I am willing to add that in as well 馃槀

I have a 2002 Bonneville America. I bought it off an old man that had a heart attack and couldn't ride. I LOVE this bike. everything about it. I got my license all that last year: rode it twice and it started dying after running for a few minutes. SO they said "hey take the carbs off... it's easy... clean them.... it's easy... " hahahahahah. anyways. I ordered the new screws and gaskets etc. replaced, cleaned all that.
PUTTING it back together is a very big deal. took it off it seemed like everything was SO OBVIOUS. lololololol. well when we all get over laughing hard about that thought: here is where I am stuck... I cannot figure out where these hoses go and I cannot find a photo that shows me.
I know that I'm probably going to have to trailer it to a mechanic mostly likely. But I really don't have the money for that and I'm hoping to make this run so I can RIDE asap.
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In the first set of pictures the hose that you have goes from the air cut-off valve on the LH side of the LH carb to the LH side of the RH carb, lower down on the body. The other hose is the overflow from the carbs I think (I can't see it clearly) and just open ends to the underside of the bike. You might want to invest in a Haynes manual as they are well worth the money and show all this and much more.
 

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Throttle cables are not tightened on those photos either. I would suggest you find a friend who knows what they are doing. This will get you back on the road the quickest.
 

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Is it still not running correctly? I was a little puzzled when you mentioned clutch cables (plural) as there is only one.
YES the cables with the barrels on the ends of them that hooks into the carberator? I don't know if I put them back coreectly and I'm wondering how i would know if i got them wrong 馃榿
 

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I DID GET IT RUNNING...... for three whole minutes........ at the second minute it started choking and I kept throttling up to keep her running but it did nothing (so MAYBE my ends did go into the wrong place)

BUT it now only clicks because of the battery which i bought new in NOV.... but also left it out in garage... so wondering if it cannot take the cold? I have it plugged it but it still will only click now.
 

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YES the cables with the barrels on the ends of them that hooks into the carberator? I don't know if I put them back coreectly and I'm wondering how i would know if i got them wrong 馃榿
If you open the throttle can you see that it is operating the spring loaded shaft that runs between the carbs? If it was the wrong way around then you would be pulling against the stop and the twistgrip would not move (unless there was a lot of slack).
Can you find a Haynes manual?
 

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Hello,
Congratulations on the acquisition of your '02 America (Sorry to hear of the previous owner's health problems)!
Whereabouts in the US are you located?
Does your bike have any of the California emissions junk on it (evap cannisters, etc.)? Hopefully NOT! 馃槵

From what I can see of it in your pictures, it doesn't look like the PO made any modifications to the bike (different exhaust, etc.).
  • Is the airbox stock or has it been modified in any way?
  • Stock paper or Performance air filter?
Since you've had the carbs apart to clean them did you happen to note:
  • Pilot jet size?
  • Main jet size?
  • What were the markings on the needles (that go in the vacuum slides)... N3RF, NbZY, NBZT?
  • How many turns out on the idle screws?
  • What was the height of the floats at disassembly? Did you set the float heights to 17mm on reassembly?

All these things make a difference in how the bike will run/perform!

Regards,
CFM
 
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