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My ZX11D has not been run in more than a year. No fuel stabilizer was used. In addition to a battery charge, fresh oil, filter and fresh fuel, what steps will be necessary for a safe restart? I am assuming the carbs will need cleaning. Will the gas tank? It has more than a half tank of fuel in it still.
 

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FIRST OF ALL, get all the fuel you can out of the tank. now fill the tank with fresh gas preferably 91/93 octane. If you can get to the carb bowl drain plugs remove them as well, and the spark plugs too. Put the safety switch from on to off (so you don't have to ground the plugs and avoid ruining the system)...SPRAY some WD-40 in each spark plug hole, cover the spark plug holes with an old towel so that the spray won't get all over everything, and then crank the motor over with the choke and throttle wide open, for no more than 15 seconds. You should have fuel draining from the carb drains, so go ahead and screw the drain plugs back in. clean up any residual mess blown out of the sparkplug holes and Reinstall new spark plugs, but save the old ones, in fact soak them in white vinegar and it will clean them out and up for you (overnight) and then blow-dry them and set them aside for another day. Turn the off switch back to on. Set the choke to on and try to start it for about 15 seconds. If it doesn't start right away that's okay. do you smell gas from trying to start it? If not, leave the choke on, and after it has been setting for about a aminute (it lets the starter motor cool down) try spinning it again for another 15 seconds. 15 seconds, 1 minute. Till the battery starts to slow down. If you start so smell gas cut the choke and put on a little throttle. If it doesn't sart that's fine. close the petcock, put the battery on charge and wait for several hours for the barrety to charge up. IF you have some one to push you...try putting the bike into second or third gear and with the petcock open, the key on, the choke on (be ready to turn if offwhen it starts) get it running if you can and don't let it die....ride if for a while to see how it is doing. IF it smells like gas and it is running rough try to clear it by reving it and letting off...working the carbs inside, to free and clean the parts, ir it doesn't want to run right OR it starts running real hot get it home and you will have to pull the carbs off and rebuild them. Just this next winter, remember thta even STA-BIL isn't a perfect solution... run the gas+STA-BIL through the system and then start it every so often during the winter months...when spring rolls around dump the gas from the bike tank into the mower tank and fill the bike with fresh gas and things should be just great again...
 
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