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    Speedmoto VM30 Kit

    Alright, need some bigger brains than mine to work on this. I recently bought a VM30 carb kit from Speedmoto to replace the damaged carbs that were on this 82 GS450 when I bought it. They actually work great - once the engine is warmed up.

    Thats the issue, however. The enricher circuit appears to be way too rich and kils the engine in about 3 seconds of starting. It almost wont run at all without holding the throttle for 30-40 seconds to get it warmed up enough to run without the choke/enricher.

    I read somewhere (think it was crazypj at HondaTwins) that you could drill/tap the enricher circuit and install a smaller sized jet. Does anyone have any info on doing something like this?

    #2
    First get hold of the Mikuni Carburettor Super Tuning Manual. There are some good exploded views in there.
    It looks like the starter circuit fuel jet is in the bottom of the float bowl - and may not be easy to access.
    But the air side is alongside the starter plunger and may be worth a look.
    If you can't fit a smaller fuel jet, lean it off by going bigger on the air inlet.

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      #3
      VM30 sounds tremendously oversized for a stock GS450 IMO. I think I saw the kit you must have with a google search, I'm wondering how the two carbs are held in sync?
      Previous GS fleet: '78 1000C, '79 750E, '81 650G, '82 1100G, '81 1100E
      Other rides: '77 XS500C, '78 XS1100E, '00 Voyager XII

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        #4
        Split cable keeps them in sync. They do sound majorly oversized but they seem to run fine - except for the enricher circuit.

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          #5
          Not a carb guru, but why tremendously oversized? It came with 34CV's & aren't they appx. equal to VM 28's? Are VM 30's tremendously larger than VM 28's?
          1983 GS1100E, 1983 CB1100F, 1991 GSX1100G, 1996 Kaw. ZL600 Eliminator, 1999 Bandit 1200S, 2005 Bandit 1200S, 2000 Kaw. ZRX 1100

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            #6
            I'm understanding that the enricher circuit on VM30s is huge compared to the similarly sized CV carbs.

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              #7
              While I can appreciate that there is poor support for 450 carb rebuilding, I still can't help but think that simply rebuilding a stock set is the easiest way to make sure your bike runs properly. Aftermarket carbs are a crap shoot, NOT turn key. So if you have to F around to get them to run right, how is that better than fixing the BS34's?
              Ed

              To measure is to know.

              Mikuni O-ring Kits For Sale...https://www.thegsresources.com/_foru...ts#post1703182

              Top Newbie Mistakes thread...http://www.thegsresources.com/_forum...d.php?t=171846

              Carb rebuild tutorial...https://gsarchive.bwringer.com/mtsac...d_Tutorial.pdf

              KZ750E Rebuild Thread...http://www.thegsresources.com/_forum...0-Resurrection

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                #8
                Might be true. Was missing the airbox, etc. How well do the stock carbs respond to K&N pods? Still have the stockers and don't object to going back. I came from the metal-puck Honda CV carbs that were impossible to correctly tune to pods so I assumed these would be similar.

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                  #9
                  I agree with Nessism, seems like getting the stock setup to work would be much easier. They're floating all around Ebay for $30-50 it looks like. Certainly cheaper than $350+ for this "racy" VM30 setup IMO.
                  Previous GS fleet: '78 1000C, '79 750E, '81 650G, '82 1100G, '81 1100E
                  Other rides: '77 XS500C, '78 XS1100E, '00 Voyager XII

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                    #10
                    Havent been able to find any stock airbox units for a 450t that would have cost less after buying all the missing bits. I'm under the impression the airboxes mount differently between models?

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                      #11
                      You're probably right, I had taken just a quick look and I should know better, after hunting around for Yamaha XS500 airboxes and carb boots with almost annual changes made by the factory. I would explore some other options like the GS salvage facebook group and calling around some motorcycle junkyards (a dying breed!).
                      Previous GS fleet: '78 1000C, '79 750E, '81 650G, '82 1100G, '81 1100E
                      Other rides: '77 XS500C, '78 XS1100E, '00 Voyager XII

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                        #12
                        Firstly, VM30's are not too big for this motor. I've run bigger on race 450's. Secondly, once set up they will carburate better than the OE CV carbs.
                        If the only problem is the starting circuit as seems to be the case, it's worth spending a little time sorting it.

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