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mbazzle 04-07-2009 10:52 AM

Fuel Carb "T"'s...CAN'T FIND THEM?!!!!
I have a 78 XS 1100 and I need the "T"s the allow the fuel to go into the carbs. There are actually 4 T's, two of them for the fuel, and I'm not 100% sure where the other two "T's" are supposed to be connected to. I've been told they connect to the airbox...but I don't see where they hook up. Anybody know where I can get 4 of those T's? Even if I could just get two of them, that would be better than nothing. Please reply, or email me at: bazzles@aol.com. Thanks!

Crazcnuk 04-07-2009 01:46 PM

What year is your XS?

I assume 78 or 79 as teh 80-81 only have two tees.

The lower 2 tees go to the fuel system, either petcocks (std) or Octopus (special).

The other 2 go to the air box as they are breather tubes for the float bowls.

dbeardslee 04-07-2009 02:22 PM

If you're saying you need to buy some tees, I think the mikes xs Part #48-0884 are a replacement, but I wouldn't swear to it. Says they replace the plastic covered pot metal originals on Mikuni 34mm carbs, so...

TopCatGr58 04-07-2009 06:53 PM

Hey Mbazzle,

Take a look at this thread on Carb Tees, you may find some good info on being able to resurrect/recondition your old ones!

ALso, some times folks get the early bikes with some frankenbike parts put on them, like a newer airbox from the 80-81 series, and they either don't have the little nipples on them, or they are PLUGGED and so they don't actually provide a vent affect. There should be some 1/4" diam. nipples on the front of the airbox for the carb vents. But otherwise you can run the tubes from both pairs of carbs to a "T" fitting with a little air fuel/air filter on the end,just make sure that they ARE VENTED!

mbazzle 04-08-2009 11:20 AM

Thanks for the information on the T's. The one on Mike's webpage doesn't look anything like what I currently have. ???? I'm alittle leary about spending $60 on something that "may" work.??? Is there any way of finding out for sure?

Thanks for all your input! I am looking to buy some...unless someone has 4 of them just "laying" around! ;)

As far as having the top T's "Vented"...does it actually have to have a filtered hose on it if they don't attach to the airbox? Or can they just have the "T" attached and then left opened from the end of the T?

DiverRay 04-08-2009 11:30 AM


As far as having the top T's "Vented"...does it actually have to have a filtered hose on it if they don't attach to the airbox? Or can they just have the "T" attached and then left opened from the end of the T?
The problem with just "leaving them open" is the bugs that like dark holes to hide in. If you get a spider down one vent, and he spins a web, it CAN block the airflow, and cause you to start flooding!:eek::eek:
A short line and a fuel filter on the end of it is CHEAP insurance.

dbeardslee 04-08-2009 09:12 PM

Lords - I have two of them in my hot little hands. They're sans o-rings - not sure what size but make sure you don't use rubber. I believe neoprene is the substance of choice where gas is involved. PM me your address, and they're yours. Don't know why I didn't think of that to begin with. Guess I needed $60 worth of motivation. Usually I'm really price conscious, but I never even looked at the price. Talk about robbery!

QRFan 04-08-2009 09:15 PM

Are the Ts for your bike the same as the ones on the 79sf?

DiverRay 04-08-2009 09:20 PM

The '78 and '79 use the same "T"s. The difference is the fuel "T" is LONGER than the vent "T".

QRFan 04-08-2009 09:27 PM

I'm pretty sure I have those Ts as well but looks like Doug's got him fixed up.

Texas Rookie 04-08-2009 09:51 PM

Bazz, you can use viton orings from the autoparts store for fuel injectors to equip your new tees.I can send you a couple if you want.

if you are getting tees from db send me your old ones and I will fix them for the next guy.

Dale Nadeau
aka Texas Rookie
10822 Dunbrook
Houston, TX 77070

mbazzle 04-08-2009 10:20 PM

Wow, you guys are AWESOME!!!!!!!!! I'm not sure how to "PM" anyone, so I'll just post my address here:

Mike Bazzle
14313 Belding Rd. NE
Belding, MI 48809

This is my very first bike, and I've been working on it for two years now. I bought a Suzuki 850 GL from my father in law last summer...just to get me by until I get my XS running.

My current "T's" are pretty shot. I tried cutting the rubber back and tried fitting "O" rings on it from the auto store, but they still leaked lots of gas. Do the top air vent T's need to be sealed tight as well? Or can I just get by with the two new one's from DB? Also, you mentioned something about getting neoprene????? I'm not a mechanic, and this is all new to me! I did rebuild the carb myself (which I'm rather proud of), thanks to most of you on here! I read LOTS of threads about how to rebuild it and I just need to get my explosive liquid from pouring out of the T's so that I can find out if I did it correctly or not!!!!

Thanks again you guys! I'll try to figure out how to post some pictures one of these days!

dbeardslee 04-08-2009 10:46 PM

The tees I've got came out of an 80 or 81 set of carbs. Wendi, your services may be needed as it appears these will be too short for 78 & 79. Then again, maybe they're the right size for the vent - that's what we're talking about, right? Anybody know for sure?

lakecountrydave 04-09-2009 12:50 AM

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dbeardslee 04-09-2009 10:23 AM

Mike - I went back through and reread the thread. Looks like you need four tees, and if I understood Ray correctly you need two long ones and two short ones. I'm somewhat confused though, cause when I went to the yamaha parts fiche it shows the same part number for upper and lower for the 78's (2h7-14988-00-00). The 79's show this same tee on the top, but a different one on the bottom (1J7-14988-00-00) The The ones I have are 37mm wide at the tee. They came out of 80 or 81 carbs (3H3-14988-00). Couldn't find any info on the width of the tees - description just says nipple. Hopefully they'll work. I'll drop them in the mail to you today, but your going to need two more. Your not that awful far away, so they should be there by Saturday, or Monday at the latest. If they don't work just send 'em back and I'll put 'em back into inventory.

mbazzle 04-09-2009 10:43 AM

Awesome!!! Thank you sooooo much!! I too hope they will work. I'll compare them with the one's I have, and if they are not the rights ones, I will most definately send them back. Again, Thank You!

dbeardslee 04-09-2009 01:13 PM

They're in the mail.

mbazzle 04-09-2009 02:58 PM

Thanks dbeardslee!!!

QRFan, you said you also had some...is that correct??? It sounds like I still may be in need of two more.?.???

skids 04-09-2009 07:49 PM

orings need to be petroleum proof. Neoprene is not the stuff. Nitryl-butyl rubber, (aka "nitryl rubber") is the oring material that you need, but I suspect they are almost all made of that now.

mbazzle 04-15-2009 09:13 AM

Thanks Doug for the T's! I received them on Monday. They look to be alittle longer than I remember mine being. It's been a few months since I had the carb off the bike. I should be able to tear into it in about 2 weeks. Schedule looks extremely busy right now. :mad: I'll let you know as soon as I get mine out if they work or not! If they are not the right size...I'll send them back!

Thanks again to everyone who commented on this thread, you've all been a huge help~! :D

mbazzle 04-16-2009 08:46 PM

Bummer Dude.

Doug, I had a chance to get the carb off tonight, and the T's that you sent me are too big. :( The T's you sent me are approx. 1 1/2" across the top of the T, and 1 5/16" from top to bottom.

My T's (all four of them) are only 1" across the top of the T, and 1 1/16" from top to bottom.

Two of mine are in "decent" shape...good enough for the top "vent" T's, so I still just need to find two for the fuel lines.

QRFan, do you have the size T's I need??

Doug, please send me your address, and I'll get yours sent back to you. Thanks again for trying!!!!


dbeardslee 04-16-2009 09:32 PM

Mike - Never hurts to try. It may be a few days before you hear from QRfan. She's mentioned in the SWOXS social group that she was going to Seattle, and wouldn't be back 'till monday - just so you know.

I'll PM you my address.

red bandit 04-17-2009 07:01 AM

mbazzle, I'm about 15 miles away, hwy 57 & 66. Let me know if you need some help.

SFerinTEXAS 04-17-2009 08:49 AM

I have a set of 78 carbs apart and the T s are 1 & 1/2 across at the carb ports.

SFerinTEXAS 04-17-2009 08:51 AM

I am sure they are for the fuel because they still have a hose and inline filter hooked to them.

mbazzle 04-20-2009 03:27 PM

SFerinTX, are you in need of those T's, or are you willing to part with them?! ??? ;)

Also, Red Bandit, I might just take you up on that!!!! I need help setting the float heights. Is that something you know how to do?


red bandit 04-20-2009 05:42 PM

mbazzle, I've done many of these carbs. I can help you with the float height and I have gauges to help you sync/tune them too.

SFerinTEXAS 04-20-2009 09:53 PM

Sorry , thats a back burner project I intend to finish on a 78e I picked up a while back. What about the ones you got from doug ? I will probably have to improvise a little myself when the time comes cause the ones I have are in pretty bad shape.Not gonna worry about it till I need to. Good Luck to you.

mbazzle 04-21-2009 06:45 PM

Doug, I dropped your T's in the mail today so you should have them back by the weekend. Thanks again.

SF~ Thanks for the info anyway! Good luck with rebuilding yours!

Red Bandit, YOU ROCK!!! I leave for Wash. DC tomorrow, but I'll be in touch with you soon! I'd LOVE to get this ol girl on the road! I've already put so much into it, I can't bare the thought of giving up now! Thanks again for your offer to help, Lord knows I need it!

dbeardslee 04-23-2009 07:25 PM

Mike - Got 'em in the mail today. Thanks for sending them back. I was trying to determine from this thread - did you find the right tees or are you still looking?

79XS11F 04-23-2009 10:23 PM

Hey this is the 2nd thread about finding these "T"s. I posted in the other thread that the "T"s from my 83 Katana (SD model) with similar MIC carbs are the SAME and still available from Suzuki ...

mbazzle 04-27-2009 09:43 PM

Hey there Doug. Glad you got them back...thanks again for sending them. I haven't found any yet, but is sounds like Rob may have the right ones through the Suzuki model. I'm just alittle nervous about ordering them with sooo many different carbs being out there.

Rob (79XS11F) are you POSITIVE that those T's work with the 1978 XS11e??


79XS11F 04-27-2009 10:12 PM


Originally Posted by mbazzle (Post 205327)
Hey there Doug. Glad you got them back...thanks again for sending them. I haven't found any yet, but is sounds like Rob may have the right ones through the Suzuki model. I'm just alittle nervous about ordering them with sooo many different carbs being out there.

Rob (79XS11F) are you POSITIVE that those T's work with the 1978 XS11e??


When I did the rebuild of the carbs on my Katana I ordered the "T"s so I would have them and when I got them i checked them for fit into one of the plugged bore holes on the outer body of my 78 - 79 XS carbs. They were a perfect fit.

MrOzz 04-28-2009 04:02 PM

You could try here.
The web site works just a little slow. In the search just type xs1100.


They have fuel tees, kinda pricey though.

greengoon3 04-28-2009 06:18 PM

Tee trouble as well
"You could try here.
The web site works just a little slow. In the search just type xs1100.http://www.motorcyclecarbs.com/

They have fuel tees, kinda pricey though. "

Yes they are I bought what was listed as a "kit" for ~50 clams and when I got it it was only 1 tee. And even that wasn't the right size for the fuel it fit the vent!
I emailed the guy and he said a kit ment it came with o-rings. My stupidity I figured it was at least2 tess for the fuel which will leak.
No comprimise. I think I have a buddy who can make some if I get him set up with my samples.
I am also looking for a set. (of 4) I am not sure of the years the carbs are but I ordered kits and they were wrong so when I reordered kits as 79's they were right.

Anyone have tees to part with ?

rickmc2000 05-12-2010 08:07 AM

Fuel Carb "T"'s...CAN'T FIND THEM?!!!!
The Fuel Carb "T"'s on my 78 XS11 are shot too. Know where I can get them?

DGXSER 05-12-2010 09:14 AM

There are several threads on here regarding ways to make the old ones new again and or I think one of the members is/was selling replacements.

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