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Hi Bill I have a 1982 Honda Sabre and need to replace the float bowl gaskets do I need to remove the carbs to replace the gaskets or can I do it without removing the carbs  Also I only have the front throttle cable is the back one the same as the front or different ?

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Stuart, if you have the correct, right-angle screwdrivers to get to the bowl screws AND you are able to loosen them in place, then you probably can replace the bowl gaskets. Are you sure that the problem is just the gaskets? Leaking float valves can cause the bowl levels to be excessively high and that will aggravate the drooling problems around the edges of the bowls. Of course, after 31 years the gaskets have a right to harden up, shrink and leak. If the bowl screws have never been loosened, they can get corroded in place and become VERY difficult to remove, even with the carb rack removed.

The front and rear throttle cables are completely different, so no-go there on swapping them back and forth.

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Need help with vintage Hondas from the 1960s? I am an expert with 250-305cc bikes in particular and most all of the other pre-91 models, in general. I do NOT claim to have a great deal of experience on Gold Wings, Cruisers, ATC/ATVs and dirt bikes.


I have owned/ridden/maintained Honda motorcycles for 35 years. I have written five books on Honda repairs and collecting. I was a service manager for two Honda shops back in the 1980s.

VJMC (Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club) of North America

VJMC newsletter, as editor for two years and as contributing editor currently.

3 years auto shop in high school, teacher's aide in Automotive Technology in Jr. College, Diesel mechanic course in college, self-taught mechanic and automotive writer.

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