Hey guys, so I bought a 06 v star 1100 2 months ago and after the first month it cut off on me for the first time, it just started running lean, it happened out of nowhere on the highway. This trend continued until the point it just wouldn’t start up.
So I’m gonna list what I’ve done so far and I’ve got a video of where it’s currently at when running that I’ll post as well.
I just don’t have money to take it to a mechanic and besides as I’m beginning my riding career, I want to be able to work on my own machines. Any advice or tips to point me in the right direction are greatly appreciated.
1 I pulled Carbs for cleaning cause I figured pilot circuit was clogged, cleaned the jets (both pilots were clogged) float bowl and the needle that comes from the top of the carb, because I didn’t have faith I was gonna do it properly.
Bike still wasn’t working
Took carbs off again and cleaned jets again (both pilots were clogged again must’ve not cleaned the carbs well enough. This time I made the pilot circuit was clean) I adjusted the pms screw 3 turns out and put carbs back on. After some effort and playing with the idle set screw (did not sync carbs) I got the bike up and running and went for a ride that day. It was running lean for the first couple minutes but after really opening the throttle that went away and the bike seemed to be running good as far as I could tell.
Next day went to take her for a ride, started up but after 5mins down the rd she started doing what she was doing in the beginning and running lean she cut off and I couldn’t get it started for 3hrs.
Replaced fuel filter, cleaned tank and petcock, and pulled the carbs to clean again (pilot jets were yet once again clogged so I must be doing something wrong.) cleaned carbs and after a lot more frustration than I was expecting I synched the carbs. Went for a ride up the street could and it was still running lean.
The we get to today pulled the carbs (didn’t check jets probably should’ve) adjusted pms screw out to 3.5 and hooked up all back up then I decided to dump half a bottle of seafoam in the gas tank to see if it would help. Idled the bike for about 45mins with the sea foam in the tank, at the end it started to die again like it was running lean so after I got the bike running again I synched the carbs again and thats where I’m at.
It’s still not runnning great and I don’t trust that if I go for a ride that I won’t have to get towed back. I’m super frustrated cause I want the thing to work. I don’t understand why it’ll run for 30mins then just cut off, there’s plenty of fuel in the tank.
I have inspected all the rubbed fittings there are minor surface cracks but nothing that’s created leaks as far as I can tell.
Haven’t cleaned the air filter cause up until 2days ago I didn’t know they had oil in them.
A strange thing I noticed the last two times I pulled the carbs I noticed that one of the float bowls did not have quite as much gas as the other but still had a little, so i dont know what that means.