How do I Clean a Yamaha TTR 125 Carburetor?by Chris Gilliland
Dirt and debris are the usual suspects when it comes to clogged carburetor jets on a Yamaha TT-R125. But long periods of inactivity can create cause problems for your dirt bike as well. Fuel has a tendency to degrade over time, changing from its highly-combustible form into a sticky, green sludge that can clog the carburetor's tiny jets and fuel passages, just like dirt would during a race. Removing and disassembling the carburetor for a good cleaning is the only way to rid your TT-R125 of either problem. Expect to spend at least two hours on this project
Remove the bolt from the top of the motorcycle's number plate with a 10 mm socket. Unwrap the number plate's plastic strap from the handlebar. Pull the number plate away from the motorcycle. Remove the bolts from the tank shroud covers on both sides of the fuel tank with a 10 mm socket. Pull the shroud covers away from the fuel tank. Turn the fuel tank's valve to the "OFF" position and pull the fuel line off of the valve. Remove the bolts from the sides and base of the fuel tank with a 10 mm socket. Pull the fuel tank off of the motorcycle.
Pull the fuel line and the over flow hose off of the carburetor. Unscrew the starter plunger assembly from the top of the carburetor, just to the side of the top cover. Pull the start plunger assembly away from the carburetor. Unscrew the top cover from the carburetor. Pull the top cover, throttle cable and needle assembly out of the carburetor.
Loosen the air filter clamp and the intake manifold clamp on both ends of the carburetor with a Phillips screwdriver. Pull the air filter off of the carburetor. Pull the carburetor off of the motor's intake manifold.
Remove the drain plug from the carburetor's float bowl with a flat screwdriver. Drain the remaining fuel in the float bowl into a container. Remove the float bowl's screws with a Phillips screwdriver and pull the float bowl off of the carburetor.
Remove the float pin from the bottom of the carburetor with a punch. Remove the float and needle valve from the carburetor. Remove the pilot and main jets with a small flat screwdriver.
Clean the float bowl, jets and needle valve with a carburetor cleaning spray. Blow compressed air through the jets and float bowl's fuel passages to remove any trapped sediment or debris. Spray the carburetor's body with a carburetor cleaning spray. Blow compressed air through the carburetor housing's air and fuel passages.
Reassemble the carburetor and reinstall it onto the motorcycle following the reverse order of removal.
- "The Professional Motorcycle Repair Program"; Professional Career Development Institute; 1995
- "Yamaha Owner's Service Manul TT-R125"; Yamaha Motor Corp.; 2006
- Place the carburetor's screws, jets and other components into separate plastic bags as you remove them to prevent the loss of parts.
Things You'll Need
- 10 mm socket
- Socket wrench
- Phillips screwdriver
- Flat screwdrivers
- Carburetor cleaning spray
- Compressed air
An avid motorcyclist, Chris Gilliland has immersed himself into the two-wheeled world while balancing work life and raising three daughters. When he is not managing the parts department of a local, multi-line motorcycle dealership, Gilliland can often be found riding, writing or working on his motorcycle blog, Wingman's Garage.