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    I've just finished rebuilding the carbs on my 83 cx650c. the bike starts and idles, but i cannot FOR THE LOVE OF GOD get the effing airbox to carburetor rubber boots to seat. i've tried soaking them in hot water with no positive results. i think they are positioned incorrectly but i have no idea how they are supposed to be oriented, or if they are even in the right holes (left/right reversed, i mean). can someone shed some light on this process?
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    I always hook the the carbs to the rubber boots and then attach them to the intakes. The rubber doesn't stay in place until you get the clamps tightened the other way around.
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    And here I am because I also made the mistake of taking them off. Wanna race? I'm willing to bet you get yours on first.
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    i have to agree with david on this one i always put the rear boots on when the carbs are out and it works real easy because then you can push the carbs back and install the intake boots (carb to engine) but yet i have an 82 i am not to sure about the 650 thou i think the frame is the same so you should be able to do what i said
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    Not sure about the cx but I have seen on other bikes they are labeled:



    left to right

    1-2-3-4 (i know cx is 2cyl)

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    they are labeled the same on my bike (L) (R) and if i recall te left one (sitting on bike) is longer also
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    Quote Originally Posted by lucky View Post
    i have to agree with david on this one i always put the rear boots on when the carbs are out and it works real easy because then you can push the carbs back and install the intake boots (carb to engine) but yet i have an 82 i am not to sure about the 650 thou i think the frame is the same so you should be able to do what i said


    I used this method on my 650s before I owned a 500 ...
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    Those ARE a royal pain. Try installing NOS ones like I did! They are so new that the rubber does not want to give an inch!
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    Try an old trick used on a lot of things made out of rubber - soak them in hot water for a little while first.
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