I had the mechanic do everything, valves and jetkit in the end I bet I could have saved some $ and gained some experience but I would have lost precious riding time (very strapped for time these days) and there is always next adjustment to give it a shot!!
(i think I will do it myself next time and use this mechanic for stuff that I can't troubleshoot in the future)
Well so far so good (depending on how you look at it...he's doing a good job, but bike could have been in better shape I guess)
The mechanic has called me back twice today to give me updates (unheard of for me, I have to leave 20 msgs to get any mech. to ever call me back to grab status in the past!)
What he found:
-My used 94' zx-11 DID have a jet-kit installed afterwards by a previous owner cept it had 160 main jets installed (full D & pipe is only mod) and the needle were cheap grey plastic. He replace the needles with the dynojet needles and recommended size (I wanna say 155, but not sure, whatever dynojet recommended) that were stainless steel and he set them correctly.
-He found water & rust in the float bowl covers (I told him to check cause I cleaned floats out once with the tank.) He drained the carbs, dipped them in some sort of acid wash he had, flushed out the tank with more crap in it, back washed the inline fuel filter (said it looked in good condition) and installed another filter inline just in case because he said (and I agree) as time goes on until I kreeme, por-15, or get a new tank it will slowly rust a clog things.
-He also found pinched diaphram. I guess whoever put the carbs back together did so in haste and put a crease in a diaphram. He pulled the crease out to see if it would rip (no sense in it happening 100 miles from now) and put things back together correctly. Seemed ok he said.
-He syched the carbs, he said they were balanced just fine.
-He's test riding it now on a back road to make sure the jetting is correct with the aide of high-speed Ram Air (he does ride a busa, I think he can handle it, hhe)
-He offered to tack on an oil and filter change, but I honestly did it 400 miles ago, he said fair enough.
-replaced spark plugs, they were fine but he said that's just his common proceedure (I have no clue when they were replaced last)
-adjusted valves, two vales were a little tight, not bad for a 94!
-tomorrow he'll check out my stuck rear brake light and I should be good to go very soon if all goes well.
-when I go to pick up the bike he's going to setup the suspension for me. (have always put that off, I believe I could do it myself, but hey it's free right?)
So far I'm very pleased. I'm glad to pay him what he's owned for finding things I probably wouldn't have noticed or checked. For me it's worth the peace of mind to pay 400+ bucks every so often to have someone really qualified look over my bike rather than me keep fiddling with it as if it were my H.S. science experiment, hehe.
The installed main jets, even with the 160 mains, at least I wasn't running lean and doing damage to the engine all that time while riding the last couple of months.
I can't wait to see what the bike will feel like now with proper jetting and want to know what the gas mileage will be like.
1) Shouldn't my mileage go up with smaller main jets & tuning?
2) Should my performance go up with proper tuning and cleaned out carbs?
3) Should the huge flat spot from 4-5000rpm go away?
3) Why hasn't marvel mystery oil once in awhile in the tank and some stuff that is supposed to take water out of the fuel system taken the water out of the floats he found? (I am assuming from some bad gas, I never did wash the bike with a hose or anything)
Thanks for the help guys....the bike was fast b4, I can't imagine what the bike should feel like now...what's your best guess?