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Old 04-25-2002, 04:51 AM
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Cool Puting a car Carb on a Motorcycle

Ok guys here is a tough one. I have a 76 Honda GL-1000 motorcycle. For those of you who do not know it is the first generation Gold Wing, 4cyl double oposed, water cooled. It came stock with 4 carbs and they are a real pain in the but. Mine were replaced once and are starting to show signs of problems. I saw where someone had come up with a kit that uses a holey carb and special manifold to replace the 4 carbs. I thought why don't I do that. I have a carb off of a 1.6L ford escort. How will that work out on my 1 L goldwing?

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I cant help you on the conversion never heard of that but sounds pretty neat.but I may be able to help with the original carbs.what usually happens with motorcycles is from sitting for long periods of time is the carbs.gets gumed up.Id take them apart clean and soak them and put them back together and add fresh gas.It may save some $$$. Hope this helps.---( wrenchturner )
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the new goldwings come with a single carb.you might have to fabricate you own intake manofold.I don't see why it wouldn't work
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I have carefuly cleaned them up but they are a pain to set and being 25+ years old the rubber is geting hard. Rebuild kits are 25.00+ each and they aparently had a problem with the powdered metal technology back in the day because many guys tell me there carbs are actualy crumbling. I just want to know if the escort carb will work and if it is reliable enough to consider or should I look at something else instead.
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Check the CC's of the Escort engine against the CC's of the GoldWing. If they are close the carb should work, if the linkage, and physical size will allow you to mount it. I think you would be able to find a carb of a motorcycle of approx the same CC in a salvage yard that might be easier to adapt though.
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Ive got a cycle freind he knows jap.bikes up one side and down the other I'll see if I can contact him and see what he knows about your situation and i'll get back with you.

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Kinda interesting to me, cuz I once thought about using the Honda setup on one of my Renault 4 cyl. engines! Personally, I would look into a Weber dual sidedraft carb for your bike. They're kind of expensive, but bulletproof and infinitely and easily adjustable, and the smaller ones would be appropriate for the size of your bike's engine.
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Here is a good link to 4 cyl Honda bikes, with an excellent article on replacing your carbs with a single Weber.
http://wings.astcomm.net/
The article is about halfway down the tech discussion page and appropriated titled. - Roger
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If I were to try it I'd use a holley 500duce or a 390quad and get some headder weldup tubes for intake runners
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Roger,

Thanks for the link the tech info there was encouraging. Sounds like it my be the same carb I have off the escort. I checked and I guess CC went out of business. Too bad because a wing with a blower would be real cool.

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4 carbs to one honda cb750a

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Ok guys here is a tough one. I have a 76 Honda GL-1000 motorcycle. For those of you who do not know it is the first generation Gold Wing, 4cyl double oposed, water cooled. It came stock with 4 carbs and they are a real pain in the but. Mine were replaced once and are starting to show signs of problems. I saw where someone had come up with a kit that uses a holey carb and special manifold to replace the 4 carbs. I thought why don't I do that. I have a carb off of a 1.6L ford escort. How will that work out on my 1 L goldwing?
I am considering doing the same thing with my 1977 Honda CB750A .... am tired of struggling with rebuilding the bank of 4 every year when I am ready to ride for the summer. If you find any good info for intake manifolds that can be adapted or applicable side-draft carb for the 750cc engine, please let me know....thanks
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This thread is 5 years old. I don't think this member is around much anymore.
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I have an old bike and yea that carbs take some work, but its really not that bad IMO. You can put just about any carb on anything as long as it is properly sized. I would stick with Weber sidedrafts though- its a lot simpler. If it were me and my bike- just rebuild the carbs you have, it works well when maintaned, its just time to do some work. You can also use this time as an opportunity to clean up the carbs some wiht some polishing and maybe a retune kit if you swapped exhaust, camshaft, port work, or added pod filters.
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Might cause some rough-idle problems, depending on how much overlap the bike's camshaft has.

I'd start using some Sta-Bil in the last tank of gas of the season, so there's nothing but stabilized gas in the system while it sits. Come spring, drain the carbs and tank, put some fresh gas in, let it run into the carbs, then let it sit for a few days so it can dissolve any gummy stuff that might have formed over the winter. Wouldn't hurt to put some new spark plugs in, either.

10-4 on the 4-carb blues. I had a CB-500 back in the '70s, and I made the mistake of trying some STP gas treatment for overwintering one year. I liked to NEVER have gotten all that sticky green stuff out of the carbs.

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