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92 Barn find...

Hi All,

First time post, long time biker.


I've had the incredible good fortune to purchase a 92 blade that has been stored since 95, with 8000 miles.


15 years in dry storage with the last 3 outside under a hoarse blanket. I know the provenance of the bike as he was a distant friend that moved to the States in 95 but never returned.


She is in real good condition, with just muck and leaves, rusty chain, and hasn't been started in 3 years.


What I'm looking for is advice on the best way to start her up! I'm ok on the scanners so intend to strip the body but was hoping to not strip too much else.


Cheers, and pics to follow...


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Carbs will need stripping. ALL fluids will need to be changed (fuel, oil, coolant, brakes). Check all the seals (water, forks etc). You'll need a new battery. Wouldn't hurt to put a half teaspoon of oil (or spray some WD40 or the like) down the spark plug holes and turn the engine over a few times to get the piston rings lubed before you try and start it.

If the bike isn't braking properly, you don't start by rebuilding the engine.
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Hi All,

First time post, long time biker.


I've had the incredible good fortune to purchase a 92 blade that has been stored since 95, with 8000 miles.


15 years in dry storage with the last 3 outside under a hoarse blanket. I know the provenance of the bike as he was a distant friend that moved to the States in 95 but never returned.


She is in real good condition, with just muck and leaves, rusty chain, and hasn't been started in 3 years.


What I'm looking for is advice on the best way to start her up! I'm ok on the scanners so intend to strip the body but was hoping to not strip too much else.


Cheers, and pics to follow...


Steve

What Sky said - as well as clean out the tank, carb rebuild, brake system rebuild, and polish the chrome of the forks and shock shaft before moving the bike around too much or any pitting will damage the seals.

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Re: 92 Barn find...

Thanks for the replies..

What is the best thing to flush the fuel system/clean out the tank with? was hoping not to have to strip the carbs but to flush them through, assuming the fuel has left a 'glaze'!

All other fluids I guess is a given, caliper seals also, fork seals - I'll see how they go, some minor spots high up the leg.

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Even if fuel stabiliser had been used on fresh fuel when it was moved 3 years ago, it'll still need the carbs stripping.

If the bike isn't braking properly, you don't start by rebuilding the engine.
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My red 93 fighter I resurrected after sitting idle in temperate controlled storage since 2004. There was no gas left in the tank and the carbs were drained, but the residue left over was horrible. There was no way it was going to start. Carbs had to be broken down and separated, ultrasonically cleaned and gone through. That will most likely be the case for you as well. See my thread here for pics of the carbs and jets:

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Yes, carbs will have to be stripped down for sure! I would check the inside of the tank for rust, clean it out very well, flush all fluids out, probably inspect plugs, battery is certainly shot, and get it warm and dry!! If you have a way to lightly bake the bike (about 100 degrees F, get it that way for at least a few hours to get any moisture out of the loom as well. This doesn't seem like a big deal, but the condensation that can develop under the insulation over a long period of time can pop just about every fuse and kill off some electrical circuits.

We need pics =P and to the .org!! You certainly found the web's foremost site on Blades, and specifically the older carbies =P

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Re: 92 Barn find...

Carbs it is then, also a good reason to but a ultrasonic cleaner, I need one to do my KZ750 carbs anyway!

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I'll also learn how to post pics the right way up!!
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Re: 92 Barn find...

I figured you'd just found it in Australia.

If the bike isn't braking properly, you don't start by rebuilding the engine.
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Re: 92 Barn find...

Beautiful. Just follow the guys instructions. OIL IN THE SPARK PLUG HOLES IS A MUST!! Mine sat up for just as long. I desembled my carbs and boiled them in lemon juice for 20 minutes. It worked the best for me, and very cheap. still needed a thin wire to clear the jets. If you decide to go this route be sure to rinse well as soon as you remove from boil. It could tarnish the metal. good luck
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