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The price they quoted probably didn't include a valve adjustment. It would help to know the mileage to see if this is in order.

Anyway, you probably need to change plugs and clean the aircleaner element. The carbs could probably stand to be synced. That is about it as far as a tune up is concerned unless there is a valve adjustment.

$300 or so for cleaning carbs is a little rediculous. I bought a set off eBay that have just a few miles on them for $100.

Where are you that a bike has to pass an emissions test?
 

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Originally posted by swjohnsey

The price they quoted probably didn't include a valve adjustment. It would help to know the mileage to see if this is in order.
the mileage is 15k.

Anyway, you probably need to change plugs and clean the aircleaner element. The carbs could probably stand to be synced. That is about it as far as a tune up is concerned unless there is a valve adjustment.
so, i need to change spark plugs and air filters, check fluids and change oil. they should recommend what i need at the service&parts at my local kawasaki dealership, correct? should i just take my bike after that, tell them what i did so far and ask if the carbs need to be synced, and let them do it?

$300 or so for cleaning carbs is a little rediculous. I bought a set off eBay that have just a few miles on them for $100.
thats what the guy i bought the bike from said too. i guess ill just call around and see what other dealerships will quote me.

Where are you that a bike has to pass an emissions test?
Im in Phoenix, Arizona. The bike hasn't been registered since 2001. Im not sure about the emission laws here but if the mechanics said something about it, then I guess I will have to pass the emissions test. This is my first bike here in AZ.

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I have a '95. The '95-'97s are about identical.

The valves probably need to be checked it they haven't been. Ask the previous owner.

You can change oil and filter, change plugs and clean the airfilter yourself. Syncing the carbs shouldn't cost more than about an hour's shop time. It requires a special tool.

You might also want to change the fuel filter.

As far a passing an emissions test, the guy might be blowing smoke up your ass. I don't think they have emissions checks on bikes even in California.

If it runs well after you change plugs and clean the air filter you might just want to stop there. Just riding it a little after it has been setting for so long will do wonders for the way it performs.
 

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so before i bought my bike the other week i took it to a dealership mechanic to do a standard checkup on it. he made a lil list with what i will need to do/fix and how much it would cost. their prices are $60/hr.

he estimated that i will need a tune-up to get the bike to pass emissions (bike hasnt been really ridden since 2001). the cost $330.

also he pointed out that bike was misfiring a little and i would need my carburators cleaned and adjusted. the cost, another $330.

im pretty sure i cant do the latter myself, but could you guys let me know what would go into a tune-up on the '96, listing the parts, etc. im thinking that i could prolly do most of it myself. what needs to be done, and what parts need to be changed in order to pass the emissions?

any tips, parts listing, links to any useful articles and posts would be great!

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Changing your plugs is not fun! Requires a little work to get them out because they're in there deep but it's hard to get an extension in there. Have some patience and maybe a swivel or two.

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No emissions check in CA. They do have new bike requirements that manufacturers need to meet. After that, nothing that I know of.



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Don't believe any bull about "you have to do this to pass emissions", I live in Tucson and have been running vehicles thru AZ emmissions for 14 years. Never failed, or come close to failing, one yet. I've never owned a new, or newer, vehicle, just lax standards..My truck once passed with two cracked pistons. Anyway, do whatever you can yourself, seems like if you have basic knowledge you can do everything but the valve clearances.
 

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thanx for all your help. :)

i ordered a manual/service/maintenance book for my bike today, so that will help me with the maintenance later this week.

i dont know how to exactly get the carburators cleaned or synced, nor do i know anything about valve adjustment, so if they say that's the cause for misfiring, i'll let them fix that shiet.

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Here's a better idea.
Since you have a repair manual on the way, do these bits in order:

Change the spark plugs, then clean and install the air filter, if its a re-usable type cleaner element. If its paper-type, replace it.

Drain any gas that was in the bike before you bought it, and replace it with low or mid grade gasoline. Yes, I said low or mid-grade. Don't use high test. Put the old stuff in your car and fill up the tank.

Go to your nearest auto parts store, and pick up a bottle of either Chevron Techron Complete Fuel System Cleaner, or Berryman's BJ-12 Fuel System Cleaner. Read the instructions on the back, and figure out how much you need to add to a 4 gallon tank by doing a little math. For example, if the bottle says that it treats up to 16 gallons of gas, use 1/4 of the bottle in your tank. 20 gallons = 1/5th. 12 gallons = 1/3, etc.

Now hop on your bike and go for a nice long ride. I'd recommend 50-100 miles EACH way. Pick a highway, go 50-100 miles in that direction, turn around, and come back home. Chances are you will need to fill up on the way back home. Now go to a different bike shop, and get your emmission test taken there. Don't go back to that first shop no matter what.

Chances are even if they test your bike and it passes, they will tell you that it failed, and try to charge you a whole lot of money for nothing.

I bet that if you follow what I said to do, your bike will be damn near perfect, and you will have a great running bike for under a whopping $50.

BC.


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