So I got my '96 VLX Project and wow it was nasty. The previous owner should be beaten for letting it get in this bad of shape, but thanks to him you now will learn how to easily clean some parts. Thanks to Mine20 for suggesting this process. I did a little research and have to say that this is GREAT!
Air Gun Attachment ($7.99-Harbor Frieght)
3-5' of 7/16" Hose ($0.27 per foot-Lowes)
***The only obstacle to this method***
Air compressor-At least 20-25 gallon that can handle the constant air spray
Baking Soda ($1.17 for large box-Wal-Mart)
You can purchase baking soda in bulk from Costco or Sam's, but I do not have a membership for either. You can also purchase bulk quantities from pool supply stores, but did not have time to get to one so I used the boxes from Wally World.
*Safety gear such as goggles, dust mask and clothes that you are not about to go on a Saturday Night date. The cloths will wash, it's freaking baking soda...they may be more fresh than any of your other laundry to dirty pig!
How to make the gun...
Measure 2" from one end of the hose and cut a small hole to insert air gun needle
Insert needle and tape hole sealing the hole and securing the gun to the hose. I taped the hose to the guy on down to help secure the hose so I did not have to wrestle with it. This creates the venturi suction effect to pull the soda from the container.
Tape the rod/dowel to the other end of the hose to keep it from curling up in the container.
Get to CLEANING!!!
Here are some before pics of my carbs...
Inside the bowls...
The other one was worse!
After a little blasting...
After blasting you will need to do a warm water rinse and blow off/out the water with the air gun (no soda this time dummy) and they will be good as new and no residue!
Here is the front brake caliper before...
Good luck, now get that nasty bike clean you dirty rascal you!