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Thread: 1979 GS 1000e air box/carb removal

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    Steve, the L in 1980 was the 1100 chain drive
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    Quote Originally Posted by NewFyBy View Post
    Thinking boots are too stiff, seeing I've tried all your replies. This is why I wanted to know if the L air box would work, guess I'm cutting those boots off . Thks everyone for all the help.
    I use a screwdriver to pry back the air box boots, a bit at a time
    1978 GS 1000 (since new)
    1979 GS 1000 (The Fridge, superbike replica project)
    1978 GS 1000 (parts)
    1981 GS 850 (anyone want a project?)
    1981 GPZ 550 (backroad screamer)
    1970 450 Mk IIID (THUMP!)
    2007 DRz 400S
    1999 ATK 490ES
    1994 DR 350SES

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big T View Post
    I use a screwdriver to pry back the air box boots, a bit at a time
    It is often possible to push the airbox boots inside the airbox. Once everything's off soften the rubbers and put them back in place.

    I'm just replacing the carbs on a 1000S. everything is nice and soft and well lubed - but it's still a pain...
    Memory kicked in and i held the airbox back with a big rubber band between the breather pipe on the box and the tank mount on the frame. Over the top crossmember.
    i haven't had to do a stock bike for some years.....

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    What's used for softening the boot rubber ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewFyBy View Post
    What's used for softening the boot rubber ?
    There are many recipes for softening hardened rubber parts.
    I've had good results using Xylene. A paint solvent/thinner.

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    Ok, will give it a go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewFyBy View Post
    What's used for softening the boot rubber ?
    Wintergreen oil
    1978 GS 1000 (since new)
    1979 GS 1000 (The Fridge, superbike replica project)
    1978 GS 1000 (parts)
    1981 GS 850 (anyone want a project?)
    1981 GPZ 550 (backroad screamer)
    1970 450 Mk IIID (THUMP!)
    2007 DRz 400S
    1999 ATK 490ES
    1994 DR 350SES

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    Heat from a hairdryer really helps when dealing with any of the rubbers new or old.... It's probably about time to replace them though

    Good luck!

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