I saw the berryman's carb dip.. im fine with that, but will that penetrate all the small orrifices \ jet holes as good as taking the carb apart and dipping the body, jets, components, etc individually ?
After I do the dip, would I not have to then re-adjust the idle screw or is that only if you replace the needle(s) ?
I guess if I take it apart I should get the rebuild kit since now its almost a 20 year old bike... $30 to get all new parts probably isnt a bad idea.
I would do the rebuild, especially if you already have the carb off... I've never done it, but it doesn't look too complicated if you have any mechanical skills (I do not have the confidence to do it, nor the space or time).
If you're not going to do the rebuild, I'd put on gloves and agitate (read: swish around) the carb in the cleaner, to try and get the nooks.
Related: On my VN800, it wasn't ridden much one year, and the next year it ran OK, but I took it in for an oil change, and my mechanic said I must've been riding it a lot more because I had blown out whatever crap had built up in the carb. He adjusted the idle down, and it's been great ever since (I religiously put fuel stabilizer in the gas tank before letting it sit any more than a few weeks).
My point is that if there's just a little bit of crap in the carb, but it's not all gummed up (as might be the case if you dunked the carb but didn't take it apart), it may run well enough to blow out said crap. It'll take a good length ride (1+ hour) at varying speeds, but it does work. My wife's Shadow wouldn't get unstuck no matter what I did. I rode it around the neighborhood at full throttle for over an hour with no luck. Ended up trailering it to my mechanic for a carb service.
Oh, and if you want to clean out the jets, try a piece of wire out of a wire tie from a loaf of bread. A friend of mine runs a business repairing small engines, and I took my mower to him. He dropped the float bowl, wiped it out, and ran a wire from a wire tie up the jet. Cleaned it out and the mower ran again just fine.