finally bit the bullet and pulled the carbs off today. i must say having a digital camera handy to take lots of pics is very handy if you havent done this before. each time i did a bit i took a pic just so i had something to look back on when i put it back together. got the carbs back in and fired it up (before i put the airbox back in).it took a couple of goes but it went :grin: let it idle for a while and then stuck the rest of the bike together and went for a ride. seemed to go better(was bogging down a dit and wasnt smooth through the rev range not to mention running rich and bad economy). will see how it goes this week regarding economy and smoothness. didnt get a chance to use my vacuum gauge that i made cos the tubing is to big so i have to get some adaptors to suit. not doing this before and still learning about the bike i was a bit worried but i just took it slow and watched what i was doing and now im glad i did it cos it will be easier next time. have other things i need to do and that will come soon. if you havent done it before and want to have a go just do it but do the research first, i read all i could find about doing it and that helped.