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Old 03-21-2012, 01:27 PM   #11
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Update: junkyard has 89 carbs, buying 89 carbset and left handlebar switch/choke lever/cable assembly.

Here goes nothing.
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Old 03-21-2012, 03:23 PM   #12
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Define what you took off? It'll all depend on whether or not we need the switchgear and such to convert.

Why are the later model carbs so much better anyways, if you don't mind my asking?
Glad you found a set of carbs. And what I meant by what I took off my Kat, is my Kat isn't run with Carbs anymore.
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Old 03-21-2012, 04:10 PM   #13
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Why are the later model carbs so much better anyways, if you don't mind my asking?
It has to do with how the floats attache to the carbs. The 88-89 have the float between to "ears" that are part of the carburetor body. It's attached using a pin. It's very difficult to get said pin out to remove the float. If you don't remove the float, you can't change the float needle and float needle seat. Also, in the process of trying to remove the float, if you break an "ear", you are screwed. The 90-97 floats just use two o-rings and you push them into the carb. You'll see what I mean as you get into it. If you're buying carbs from a "junkyard" they will need attention for sure.
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Old 03-21-2012, 04:18 PM   #14
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Cool find.

I thought the "*****Kat" was a factory option.
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Old 03-21-2012, 04:37 PM   #15
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Either thats not an 88 or the wheels have been changed as the 88 has 6 spoke wheels not 3 spoke like in your pics.
Just a heads up cuz if you ever need to order new brake discs dont order 88 onces cuz they wont fit those 3 spoke wheels.
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They appear to be 1988 front fork. I tried to zoom in, but the picture got blurry. If they have those black knobs on the top that you can turn, they are 1989-1997. If the tops are just solid, they are 1988.
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The caps were gray, from what I remember.

Apparently the 89 carbs were effed up upon inspection, we're getting 90 carbs with airbox, petcock and left handlebar switch

The date on the bike's neck is 10/88
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I've bought a ton of stuff at junkyards. It's ALL effed up. That's kinda why it's at the junkyard. BTW, if the build date is 10/88, it's an 89. You might want to check the left switch before you buy one a realize you already have it.

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Hm. Well, my brother apparently didn't get the left switch anyways. So here goes nothing.

It's gonna take him a bit to get this thing running 100%.
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It's gonna take him a bit to get this thing running 100%.
You mean like forever?
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