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Old 12-06-2009, 10:11 PM   #11
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Hilarious, no sooner than I tell the story one of our costomers from West Virginia sent me a ride thread from one of his rides and they came across this on the trail. Looks really familiar more than 30 years later

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Old 12-07-2009, 04:42 AM   #12
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WOW love to have seen that. Some how or another the plug wire arc, and lite the fumes I bet?
Dunno. Waybe, but it seemed that the fire came from the cylinder. Happened so fast and I jump so fast that I wasn't paying attention.
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Old 12-07-2009, 05:28 AM   #13
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Gilbert said there was some sort of flappy membrane thingy that regulates fuel flow that might need replacing?
The only things regulating fuel flow between your gas tank and cylinder is the petcock and the carb float system. If your petcock is in the on position it's supposed to let gas by then it's the carb float that regulates flow of gas into the carb. It's either stuck open or not adjusted right. Reeds or "flappy membrane" have nothing to do with it.
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Gilbert said there was some sort of flappy membrane thingy that regulates fuel flow that might need replacing?
it's called a reed valve and based on the lack of compression, and the amount of raw fuel pumping out of the exhaust, that was my first quess.
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it's called a reed valve and based on the lack of compression, and the amount of raw fuel pumping out of the exhaust, that was my first quess.
Reed valve changes how fuel is delivered to cylinder, not how much fuel is delivered.
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OK, ordered rebuild kit. Hopefully that will fix the problem
I'll buy you a case of beer anyway, just to be safe
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Reed valve changes how fuel is delivered to cylinder, not how much fuel is delivered.
could a damaged valve create too much vacuum, and on both stroke cycles??
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could a damaged valve create too much vacuum, and on both stroke cycles??
Nah, it'd be more like a broken straw, so you'd get less if anything. If your carb float gets stuck in the open position, or if they are adjusted so the float needle doesn't close all the way then fuel from the tank will flow til it's empty.
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Nah, it'd be more like a broken straw, so you'd get less if anything. If your carb float gets stuck in the open position, or if they are adjusted so the float needle doesn't close all the way then fuel from the tank will flow til it's empty.
Concur with Bob, reeds have nothing to do with it, they can hinder performance if not sealing properly but I think fuel will still seep by them(if puddled), maybe. Carb float misadjusted or crap in the needle/seat allowed fuel to over flow the bowl and into cylinder. Plug removed and kicking it over sparked the fuel, and there we have a "screaming alpha".

Alpha being a carbon based fire, screaming being Sky running around screaming on fire.
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and there we have a "screaming alpha".

Alpha being a carbon based fire, screaming being Sky running around screaming on fire.
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