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can anyone give me a solid breakdown/step by step on cleaning the carbs on my 81 xs400...

I am new and have heard way too many opinions on cleaning carbs that it has just made it more confusing. I am having major idle problems where the rpms shoot up while riding when I come to a stop with the clutch in. I just need a basic way to clean my carbs. my service manual looks like it was attacked by wolves so it isn't much help.

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can anyone give me a solid breakdown/step by step on cleaning the carbs on my 81 xs400...
Go to WalMart or any auto parts store.
Get a can of Berryman's B12 Chemtool.
Run the tank down to about half full.
Put in enough B12 for a full tank.
Take a couple of rides of at least 30 miles or 30 minutes, letting it get cold in between (like overnight).
Drain the float bowls.
Fill the tank and ride.
This is also a good time to change the fuel filter......if it has one....and to install one if it doesn't.

If that doesn't help, start looking for a shop manual.
Also check for vacume leaks......around the boots on both sides of the carbs.....and check the throttle cables and linkage at the carb for binding.
 
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