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Cleaning Reed Valves

Old 03-09-2019, 12:58 PM
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I am doing some maintenance on my 2 stroke and removed the reed valve assembly. They look good but before I reinstall them I would like to clean them. Is there any particular solvent or spray used to clean these? The petals look like stainless steel. The motor is a Mercury 200 HP 2-stroke.
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Why do you want to clean then?
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You risk bending/warping them.
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Old 03-09-2019, 02:10 PM
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I'm cleaning out my carbs with carb cleaner and thought it would be a good idea to spray the reeds as well. I wasn't sure if carb cleaner would be OK for them.
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I'm cleaning out my carbs with carb cleaner and thought it would be a good idea to spray the reeds as well. I wasn't sure if carb cleaner would be OK for them.
if just spraying and not rubbing and such, i think that is fine
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Old 03-09-2019, 02:30 PM
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If you are into it just change them out for a new set.
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Thought about replacing but seems very expensive. I have 6 assemblies.
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I would replace the reeds and their seats since you’re in there already. If you’ve mixed them up and they don’t lay on the same seats as before or backwards you may have a problem. New intake gaskets are a must do
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It would be nearly criminal to have the reed cage out of a Merc and not put Chris Carson reeds in it
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I've numbered the assemblies and orientation as I took them out.. What would if cost to replace them with CC reeds? What is the up side of doing this if there is nothing wrong with my reeds now?
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Per his web site they're $125. You may have noticeable better starting and better idle.
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One of the best and very harmless carb cleaners is AimsOil Power Foam. Spray it in and let it burn with the gasoline.
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Per his web site they're $125. You may have noticeable better starting and better idle.

And if you manage to break one while running there will be no top end damage. IMO a motor with CC reeds idles much better.
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Cleaning carbs with carb cleaner is about as useful as cleaning the reeds, so you might as well go ahead.
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Originally Posted by noelm View Post
Cleaning carbs with carb cleaner is about as useful as cleaning the reeds, so you might as well go ahead.
I sense you would use something else. What do you recommend?
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Reed valves get a constant bath of fresh fuel all the time,cleaning isn't needed.
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Old 03-10-2019, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by muskamoot View Post
Reed valves get a constant bath of fresh fuel all the time,cleaning isn't needed.
That's how I always thought about it too.

What about the reeds you're looking at seems to need cleaning?
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Thanks all for the help an advice. Just ordered a set of CC reeds and stuffers. Looking forward to getting the boat in the water!
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Thanks all for the help an advice. Just ordered a set of CC reeds and stuffers. Looking forward to getting the boat in the water!
I put Chris's reeds in my 115, my 150 and in my Ox66s. I could not be happier. Totally cleared an idle "sneeze" on my port OX66. Good Choice and they are not expensive.

Edit, and on my 75
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When I tore my old 95 150 rude on my flats boat down to replace all the gaskets in the top end, there was gunk on the reeds. I sprayed the hell outta them with cheapo carb cleaner and put them back together. That was about 10 years ago. Have probably put 1500 hours on that engine since then, and still running like a top. I do the carbs every two years whether they need it or not. That seems to be the secret to long life for old two smokers.
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