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    Here's the generator I purchased after a hurricane decided to visit inland Florida a few years ago.







    It's an excellent generator. Easy to start, and very quiet compared to other generators of its size.



    I start it up only once a year at the beginning of hurricane season to make sure it's working.



    I put a double dose of Stabil in it, along with filling the tank with fresh gas (E10, only thing available here).



    This past year I used Seafoam instead.







    This year it didn't want to start.



    The battery was dead and wouldn't take a charge, and would not start with the rope pull starter.



    A new Shorai battery went in. Cranked and cranked and still it would not start.







    So I siphoned out most of the gas, then drained the last bit through the carb drain.



    The gas didn't look good.



    When I put it in, it was clear.



    I'm afraid this is what the gas in our TW's



    looks like after sitting all winter.







    I have to admit I'm one that thinks of the most complicated solution first, instead of the simplest.



    Let's take apart the carb and anything else I can pull off!



    Removed the air box and air filter, cleaned out the fuel filter, removed and cleaned the carb bowl:







    A bit of residue in the bowl:







    Everything went back together, no parts left over.



    Filled it up with fresh gas, pulled the choke, turned the key, and vroom, up it started.



    I let it run for an hour, then shut it down.



    What should I do this year, Seafoam, Stabil, or...?



    ... take Qwerty's advice (why is he always right? ).



    "...drain the fuel systems and use fogging oil in the tank to prevent rust. There really are no other workable solutions for long term storage..."



    I decided to drain the gas, run it dry, and drain the bit that was left in the carb bowl.



    Then I'll fog the inside of the gas tank and see what happens.



    Also, I removed the new Shorai battery and am taking it to NC to put in my TW.



    I believe that the next time I need to start the generator, I'll put in the fresh gas and be able to start it with the rope.



    jb
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    Anything your going to store that has E-10 in it will need the fuel system drained. As you found out it turns to gunk even with Stabil.

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    Try marine fuel. Go to a boat launch with a gas can fill it up and use that for your generator. I've been told marine fuel has none of the bs that will gumm up the carb...still a good idea to drain fuel after use though.

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    I'm always right because I've more experience. What that means is, if there is a way to screw something up, I've already figured out how to do that and devised a way to prevent that particular screw-up from happening again. Rest assured, I still find plenty of new thins to screw up. The increasingly complex idiocy that I can create is proof positive that evolution is real.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Muletanna View Post
    ... How hard is it to clean the jets?
    Hi Muletanna,



    Not hard to clean. There is also a sediment bowl located under the gas tank that has a filter that might need to be cleaned.



    You will need to remove the air box to get to everything.



    Here's the EU3000is Owner's Manual, p 45-50 is what you need:



    http://www.poweredgenerators.com/hon...s/31ZT7605.pdf



    Removing the carb bowl is just like Qwerty said: unscrew the bolt on the bottom of the bowl, then pull down on the bowl. There's an o-ring on the top edge of the bowl that you will need to keep track of.



    You can access the main jet without removing it. I fed a guitar string up through the jet until I could see it in the carb throat.



    I could have fed a bundle of 4 or 5 strings through the jet. It's a pretty large hole.



    After you clean the sediment bowl and the carb bowl, and jet, put it all back together. It took me about an hour for the whole process.



    Before you replace the air box:



    put in fresh gas,

    turn on the fuel knob on the main control panel,

    spray some starting fluid, or carb cleaner, or WD40 in the carb throat

    (the carb cleaner or WD40 works well as a starter fluid)

    pull out the choke

    turn on the key for electric start

    or use the rope starter (key needs to be on)



    It should start up. If not there may be a more serious problem.



    jb
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbfla View Post
    Hi Muletanna,



    Not hard to clean. There is also a sediment bowl located under the gas tank that has a filter that might need to be cleaned.



    You will need to remove the air box to get to everything.



    Here's the EU3000is Owner's Manual, p 45-50 is what you need:



    http://www.poweredgenerators.com/hon...s/31ZT7605.pdf



    Removing the carb bowl is just like Qwerty said: unscrew the bolt on the bottom of the bowl, then pull down on the bowl. There's an o-ring on the top edge of the bowl that you will need to keep track of.



    You can access the main jet without removing it. I fed a guitar string up through the jet until I could see it in the carb throat.



    I could have fed a bundle of 4 or 5 strings through the jet. It's a pretty large hole.



    After you clean the sediment bowl and the carb bowl, and jet, put it all back together. It took me about an hour for the whole process.



    Before you replace the air box:



    put in fresh gas,

    turn on the fuel knob on the main control panel,

    spray some starting fluid, or carb cleaner, or WD40 in the carb throat

    (the carb cleaner or WD40 works well as a starter fluid)

    turn on the key for electric start

    or use the rope starter (key needs to be on)



    It should start up. If not there may be a more serious problem.



    jb
    Thanks for the reply Jb. I will give it a try myself before taking it to the shop. Do you think a bread tie wrapper will work to clean the jet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muletanna View Post
    ... Do you think a bread tie wrapper will work to clean the jet?
    I think so. Give it s try.



    jb
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    You can use guitar strings or I sometimes use copper wire from a piece of electric cable.

    I recently had to do both carburetors on a ninja 500. It took quite a bit of cleaning to get all the varnish out, but it is working great.



    I use SeaFoam on all of my bikes. My track R6 sits for long periods of time, with no license plate I can only use it at the track. All the other bikes I always keep the batteries full with battery tenders and take them for a short spin whenever weather gets above 40 degrees (like today, finally!!) I also keep them on bike stands to relieve pressure on the tire.



    What would be the easiest way to Fog the track R6? Through the spark plugs?



    Back on subject, great genset you have there. It is probably the best one in the market, it is definitely the quietest. I would love to get one for my RV. The only problem is that it cost more than a TW200

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boret View Post
    ... I would love to get one for my RV. The only problem is that it cost more than a TW200
    Maybe Muletanna will sell his cheap.



    For your RV the EU2000 would probably be a better choice if you don't have heavy electrical needs.



    The 2000 is half the size and is a whole lot more portable than the 3000.



    jb
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boret View Post
    ...What would be the easiest way to Fog the track R6? Through the spark plugs?




    jb
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