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PostAuthor: gmussell » Wed Apr 26, 2006 10:16 pm

I don't know about the newer bikes, but for my 82 750, this is the perfect tool for adjusting the idle mixture screws. Harbor Freight, 2 for 99 cents.

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now I wish, I could get mine adjusted correctly.
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PostAuthor: Matthew » Wed Apr 26, 2006 10:22 pm

I also found it helpped to cut the tube the screw is in, down some. No need for it to be in there so deep.
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PostAuthor: eight_heads » Wed Apr 26, 2006 11:54 pm

i think it's that deep so that you can put the cap in it when it's adjusted
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PostAuthor: Matthew » Thu Apr 27, 2006 8:08 am

well still the cap doesn't need to go in but 1/4in. there is a good 3/8 of tube you can cut away to make access a bunch easier.
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PostAuthor: geo » Sun Apr 30, 2006 8:25 pm

oh, no, not harbor freight!! i can't get out of that store for less than $50, if i'm luckey!!!
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PostAuthor: Matthew » Mon May 01, 2006 4:17 am

Yep, Tools you can afford that really work.
Cept the 200 hacksaw blades for 99cents. They just don't last but for a sec. The last $2.99 2 pack I had lasted 90 times longer.
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Re: great too for idle mixture screws

PostAuthor: deltona_virago_rider » Thu Jun 01, 2006 7:30 pm

i tried one of those exact stubbies on my '91 xv1100, but the blade was too wide. i took a magnetic flathead scewrdriver bit, set it down into the deep pilot screw hole and just turned it with a 1'4 wrench. works great and i already have 50 thousand of them floating around the garage.
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PostAuthor: geo » Fri Jun 16, 2006 7:07 pm

i used the bit from one of thoes screwdrivers with the reversable tips that have a flat tip at both ends. then use your light summer gloves to protect your hand from the hot engine. twist the bit between your fingers.
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PostAuthor: blinginxv700 » Sun Jun 25, 2006 1:34 pm

deltona_virago_rider";p="30965 wrote:i tried one of those exact stubbies on my '91 xv1100, but the blade was too wide. i took a magnetic flathead scewrdriver bit, set it down into the deep pilot screw hole and just turned it with a 1'4 wrench. works great and i already have 50 thousand of them floating around the garage.
geo";p="31981 wrote:i used the bit from one of thoes screwdrivers with the reversable tips that have a flat tip at both ends. then use your light summer gloves to protect your hand from the hot engine. twist the bit between your fingers.


Thats a classic trick. I do that all the time on alot of sh!t.
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PostAuthor: Antax » Wed Aug 30, 2006 2:14 pm

I found just the handles themselves and stuck my own narrow longer bit in it. You may be able to pull the wide bit out and replace it.
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Re: great too for idle mixture screws

PostAuthor: motorguts4 » Sun Jan 06, 2008 12:51 am

I saw those at my local Harbor Freight and bought 10. I searched every shelf in the store and finally gave up just to see a bucket of them on top of the register :doh: $.50 each
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PostAuthor: joshua1023 » Tue Jul 29, 2008 9:03 pm

I bought a 16" long driver w/ 1/4" adapter on the tip to set in the little throw away screw driver tips. I got it from Advance Auto Parts for like $6 or so. It is one big spring. I like it because it keeps my hands away from the oil pickup tubes when I'm adjusting while still hot. I can actually bend it into a U shape and still have pretty good access.
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Re: great too for idle mixture screws

PostAuthor: scagin » Tue Jul 29, 2008 9:14 pm

This is the best tool I've found for the pilot screw

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PostAuthor: schums » Fri Apr 05, 2013 1:52 pm

geo wrote:i used the bit from one of thoes screwdrivers with the reversable tips that have a flat tip at both ends. then use your light summer gloves to protect your hand from the hot engine. twist the bit between your fingers.


DUH!!! I had about an hour to work on my bike and spent most of it trying to find my short screwdriver, it was not where it was suppose to be because I didn't put it back :spank: , I never thought of grabbing one of those.

Thank you I will use that for next time.
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Re: great too for idle mixture screws

PostAuthor: Octania » Thu Sep 03, 2015 5:41 am

Bit of rubber vacuum or fuel line pressed over the short insert bit should make a good tool for this task, if you don't have the flexible driver handy.
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