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posted February 20, 2008 11:15 PM        Edited By: eljefeMiguel on 21 Feb 2008 06:16
1988 ZX-10 won't start/throttle stuck

I just bought a 1988 ZX-10 that's been sitting for 2 years in a garage. Its very clean, looked like an easy fix up. I'm not very experienced in fixing up cars/motorcycles so i kind of have no idea what I'm doing. I haven't done anything but replace the battery and tried to start it. It turned over but didn't start. The throttle won't budge. I try to turn it any way and it won't move. It feels completely stuck. I don't know if theres like a safety lock or something. Any ideas/comments would help me a ton.

Also, I was thinking about replacing the spark plugs and maybe messing with the carbs. Any suggestions?

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posted February 21, 2008 12:30 PM        
Find a good Mechanic,,,Carbs are varnished up, old gas.
Full rebuild needed
The banks are failing..
The banks are failing...
Invest in Ammo

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posted February 22, 2008 01:47 AM        Edited By: TedG on 22 Feb 2008 10:23
Well I had an 88 ZX10. The carbs are standard CVs that are nothing special. If they are stuck you have to determine a few things.
1. Is it the twist grip?
2. Cables?
3. Throttle linkage between #2#3 carbs?

I would start with taking apart the twist grip and seeing if that it the culprit. Then with my trusty can of WD40 I would lube all of those parts within an inch of their life. Spraying as much lube down the cables as I could.
Then I would lube all the linkage at the carbs, and begin working the linkage at the cable cam. Gently tapping the linkage while spraying WD40 on things.

My biggest worry after getting the linkage moving would be the slides, There are diaphragms that can get brittle and slides that stick, They are vacuum controlled and have a weak spring to push them down.

A good book an CV carbs in in order.
Also this is actually the wrong forum but you may get the best answers here. I am considering moving this to the general bike talk if you don't get some feedback (aside from me).

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