HELP ! bought a ' 04 been parked for 5 years , 152 miles on it , looks brand new but of course not starting , what now ?
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    Junior Member gary scott's Avatar
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    Man bought it for his son new in 2004 . Rode 152 miles. Parked it in garage under cover for 5 years . Today i bought it . doesn't run of course . Very dry climate here in northen New Mexico , looks brand new . whats my procedure to bring this darling back to life . thanks for any advice .

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    First thing is to take off the gas tank and drain it. youll probably have to clean it real well to get all the gummed up fuel out. ( on mine i bought a gallon of carb cleaner and let it set a few days on each side) (side note take out petcock and use something to seal that as well as the gas cap, the carb cleaner will eat the rubber gaskets quick) next youll probably have to either buy a new petcock or spend time cleaning it (probably gummed up and a new one is like 12 bucks) next spray out the gas lines or replace if needed. next is the biggest one tear down the carb and clean thoroughly. there is a maintenance manual somewhere on this site you can download for step by step tear down of the carb. check/replace spark plug. change oil and filter. re-oil air element and make sure there are no rat nests in the air box/hoses. that should about cover it.... an if you are wondering i inherited a 91 that sat for 10 yrs so ive been through it ( i had to just replace my carb though) hope that helps

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    The carb disassembly procedure is in the 01 and newer supplement, pages 32-39:



    http://www.mediafire.com/?8zubjzjyioj



    If you are nervous about trying to clean the carb, ask how much it would be at a local motorcycle shop. The 2 Yamaha dealers I asked at, said it would be $70. plus any parts necessary, most likely just a bowl gasket.



    You may also need a battery if yours doesn't hold a charge. See this thread:



    https://tw200forum.com/index.php?/topic/245-battery/



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    Thanks so much for getting me started . it all makes such good sense . it felt a little risky buying a bike that won't start and sat for so long. my confidence is better after hearing from you guys. i have a garage to do the work and will start with your list soon. thanks again

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    Gary, there is a lazy man's way of carb cleaning that may work without having to completely disassemble the carb.



    https://tw200forum.com/index.php?/top...carb-cleaning/



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    thanks jb . i'll try that 1st. gary

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    I frequently move towards 'the lazy mans way'. Recently purchased a Honda XR200 as a 2ed bike. The previous owner had indicated that he and his Son had not had a chance to ride much ( I purchased Dads bike). The first two rides with my Buddy (on the Honda) went fine. My next effort was to ride the Honda myself. Try as I might, could not get that rig started and I ran out of energy kicking. After a brief rest, took the carb apart and it was full of crude.



    The long and the short is; The quick way may get it running in your drive-way, but should you let it get cold after bouncing around on the trail, I might suggest you have a tow-rope and lots of time.



    Crap in the carb leaves lots of potential for a long wait on the side of a trail. In my opinion........ Gerry




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    Check all rubber items, rubber has the tendency to get brittle or dry-rotted after sitting for long lengths of time while exposed to atmosphere. Specifically the hoses, vents, fuel etc.

    May want to lube up the chain real good too.

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    Don't forget to change the oil.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by imnxnyr View Post
    Check all rubber items, rubber has the tendency to get brittle or dry-rotted after sitting for long lengths of time while exposed to atmosphere. Specifically the hoses, vents, fuel etc.

    May want to lube up the chain real good too.


    Other than stuff mentioned in previous replies...

    Change the oil. It's nasty and needs to go - don't use synthetic... clutch is still too "new".

    Fill tires to pressure, check them in a couple days. If they aren't holding pressure, it's likely the rubber is cracked or rotted. Replace the inner tubes.

    Lube chain.

    Check front fork seals. Oil on tubes = replace seals.

    Run Seafoam through the gas once you get it running... no matter who cleans the carbs, there are passages that will have crud in them.



    Enjoy... You totally scored!

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