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post #1 of 19 Old 06-23-2010, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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is it easy to drain the float bowls?

my 12 been sitting for 2 yrs, tomorrow I'm getting a new battery
and changing the oil before I fire it up

the problem now is the fuel! it had a half a tank when I parked it
I need some advice in how to drain the old fuel from the tank
and float bowls and where ever else I need to drain

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I don't think there are any float bowls. I'd raise the tank and siphon out as much as possible. Then I would ad fresh fuel and fire her up. One of the benefits of fuel injection is the fuel is pressurized so less likely to clog up completely like a carbs jets would. Once its running run a tank with some Techron or your favorite fuel injection cleaner and i would bet you will have zero issues.
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as above no bowls with FI get rid of the old fuel and refill with fresh.

you get a product called sea foam in the US that will help clean any residue.

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on the SeaFoam product... However, it IS possible to have dirty injectors from "crappy fuel" that has been sitting for 2 years...

Even after you run the SeaFoam through the engine, I'd use some FI cleaner (Techron was suggested) for several tanks... I usually use the STP brand of FI cleaner, because it's a bit easier to find, but any is good, IMHO... It's pretty cheap to do & it is a good idea to use it from time to time anyway!!

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cool, thanks guys

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my 12 been sitting for 2 yrs, tomorrow I'm getting a new battery
and changing the oil before I fire it up

the problem now is the fuel! it had a half a tank when I parked it
I need some advice in how to drain the old fuel from the tank
and float bowls and where ever else I need to drain

Thanks
Float bowls??

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I went through a similar situation. Be prepared to replace the spark plugs, the old gas in mine fired up then fouled out. I removed the entire gas tank drained as best as I could let it sit open over night then filled with fresh fuel. Changed plugs and she is a runnin perfect!

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ok, no float bowels I'm thinking back in the day
when I used to have a Yamaha RD350

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How can you forget that a bike you own is fuel injected and not carburated.
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Looks like you got the answers you need....but hey, getting confused on FI vs carburetors isn't all that bad. I recall guys at work sending a newbie engineer to get spark plugs for a diesel engine. The guys nickname became sparky.
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Isn't the 12 a throttlebody design. I thought that was like the in betweener of carb and fuel injection. If so then he's not that far off. LOL If not then I'm way off. time for a beer.

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There are no floats therefore there are no floatbowls
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ok, no float bowels I'm thinking back in the day
when I used to have a Yamaha RD350

I'm 50 now and forgetful
@ZXLNT I think he gets it

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Looks like you got the answers you need....but hey, getting confused on FI vs carburetors isn't all that bad. I recall guys at work sending a newbie engineer to get spark plugs for a diesel engine. The guys nickname became sparky.
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Injection, not carburetion... Pressurized fuel system, not floatbowls... "Multi-port" not throttlebody...

Here's a generic diagram of a similar system (simplistic):


Stolen from this article:

Fast Times - Engine Management



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