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best carb balancers?
« on: 15 February 2020, 09:51:32 pm »
I cant keep borrowing Daves lol, and ive just shimmed the xjr (seven out of spec!) so need to do that. theres a fancy digi one on the bay but its eighty sovs! any recommendations chaps?

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Re: best carb balancers?
« Reply #1 on: 15 February 2020, 09:58:34 pm »
Morgan Carbtune has worked pretty well for me over the years.

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Re: best carb balancers?
« Reply #2 on: 15 February 2020, 10:46:47 pm »
Hard to beat Davida Vacuum Gauges, but expensive. Without doubt the best gauges out there.Not a great fan of the Morgan Carbtune, they have to be held exactly straight upright to read correctly, not always easy to do. They can get a bit sticky over time.

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Re: best carb balancers?
« Reply #3 on: 15 February 2020, 11:39:03 pm »
I miss the low down pick up of carbs but I'm glad I've got F.I. now. ;)
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« Reply #4 on: 16 February 2020, 11:28:57 am »
Hard to beat Davida Vacuum Gauges, but expensive. Without doubt the best gauges out there.Not a great fan of the Morgan Carbtune, they have to be held exactly straight upright to read correctly, not always easy to do. They can get a bit sticky over time.


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Re: best carb balancers?
« Reply #5 on: 16 February 2020, 11:41:23 am »
Morgan carbtune here. Just hang it from the bars. Bought the 4 channel set, so covers all bases.

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Re: best carb balancers?
« Reply #6 on: 16 February 2020, 03:01:49 pm »
I used to hang the set I have from the left bar and or a  cycle stand, appeared to worked fine for a while, but eventuay no 2 would stick. Discussed it with morgane carbtune and still didnt resolve it. Got sick of them and splashed out £135 on the Davida set.Best thing I ever did.

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Re: best carb balancers?
« Reply #7 on: 16 February 2020, 03:17:09 pm »
Christ. are they worth that? ive got two multis with carbs so I do wanna decent set xjrs apparently need doing quite often too

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« Reply #8 on: 16 February 2020, 03:30:07 pm »
I think they are, I have them over 5 years they are internally damped and definitely well made, the will out last me without doubt.
I had an old cheap set for about 20 years and used to lend to fellows if they needed them, unfortunately at one stage I never got them back.I cannot remember  who I gave them to last and anyone I asked said they had given them back.

Nobody gets the Davida set, if you want a bike checked bring it to me, but they do not leave my place.

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« Reply #9 on: 16 February 2020, 04:40:14 pm »
Christ. are they worth that? ive got two multis with carbs so I do wanna decent set xjrs apparently need doing quite often too


Ive found i need to do my FZ6 S2 injected 3 to 4 times a year, idle gets lumpy and the throttle a little snatchy.

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Re: best carb balancers?
« Reply #10 on: 18 February 2020, 02:30:34 pm »
I've never tried Davida gauges but don't doubt what unfazed says about quality, since he uses them professionally.

That said, I used Morgan Carbtune gauges on all the Fazers I worked on and must have done 500 plus carb synchs without any of the sticking problems mentioned.  I found the Carbtune more than accurate enough and easy to use, too. 

I think you have to ask how many times a year you expect to use whichever gauge you choose to buy and weigh that against the cost and reported durability of each.  For a DIY home mechanic, the Carbtune would be my choice. :)

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Re: best carb balancers?
« Reply #11 on: 19 February 2020, 07:52:35 pm »
there was a set of davidas, old but apparently sound, on the bay for sixty sovs. they turn up tomorrow...hopefully they will be ok. also tret meself to one of those hang up fuel supply bottles with a petrol tap.

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Re: best carb balancers?
« Reply #12 on: 21 February 2020, 02:14:58 pm »

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Re: best carb balancers?
« Reply #13 on: 21 February 2020, 04:08:59 pm »
there was a set of davidas, old but apparently sound, on the bay for sixty sovs. they turn up tomorrow...hopefully they will be ok. also tret meself to one of those hang up fuel supply bottles with a petrol tap.
After years of foccing around with petrol holders of different  I eventually bought a hang up fuel bottle with tap, a great piece of kit, the first few time times I used it  I wondered why I didn't buy one years before.  No more petrol leaking or carbs running out of petrol while balancing them
The folding bicycle stand is great of holding it and the vacuum gauges.

Ogri48, Did the Davidas arrive?

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Re: best carb balancers?
« Reply #14 on: 25 February 2020, 08:38:01 pm »
yes mate. needed new hoses, but work fine. and Christ they are good; I can see why they cost a lot new. made it a really bloody quick and simple job, even for a twat like me. Bike absolutely purrs now lol ;-)

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« Reply #15 on: 25 February 2020, 08:39:58 pm »
and yeah, the bottle fuel tank is incredibly helpful, best tenner  I ever spent

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Re: best carb balancers?
« Reply #16 on: 25 February 2020, 09:38:55 pm »
Those Davidas are well made indeed.  :thumbup Really solid bit of kit.

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Re: best carb balancers?
« Reply #17 on: 29 February 2020, 03:47:08 pm »
Hi Ogri,
Where do you get your fuel cell from. The only cheap ones I can find will take ages to arrive as from India. Thanks in advance.
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Re: best carb balancers?
« Reply #18 on: 29 February 2020, 05:24:10 pm »
Demon Tweeks is where I got mine, but M&P may do them.

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Re: best carb balancers?
« Reply #19 on: 01 March 2020, 11:42:46 am »
mine came up new in the bag but secondhand mate on e bay, some feller bought it but never used it

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« Reply #20 on: 01 March 2020, 11:46:44 am »
Ok, thanks. You had a result there :thumbup
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« Reply #21 on: 01 March 2020, 12:05:18 pm »
I did mate, but that dont happen very often lol. ill probably get coronavirus of it or summit ;) :lol

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Re: best carb balancers?
« Reply #22 on: 01 March 2020, 03:07:17 pm »
Price reduction in Demon Tweeks  on the Sealey auxiliary fuel tank

https://www.demon-tweeks.com/uk/sealey-motorcycle-portable-fuel-tank-1ltr-ms029-seams029/

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« Reply #23 on: 01 March 2020, 08:53:13 pm »
Thanks for the link unfazed. There's a few places doing the Sealey around the 20 quid mark. Really only wanted to spend a tenner, but those ones could take a month or so to get to the UK.
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« Reply #24 on: 01 March 2020, 09:21:18 pm »
There's plenty on ebay around 7 /10 quid, not sure what the quility is like though
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