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View Poll Results: What jets do you typically use? Choose all that apply.
#42 slow 80 10.38%
#45 slow 491 63.68%
#48 slow 128 16.60%
#165 main 32 4.15%
#170 main 111 14.40%
#175 main 160 20.75%
#180 main 229 29.70%
#185 main 95 12.32%
#190 main 63 8.17%
Yes my needle is shimmed 148 19.20%
No my needle is not shimmed 241 31.26%
Other, explain. 82 10.64%
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My 45/180 is on my 1200 Shovel with two into one with a great sounding aftermarket muffler. I have a question though. What are the purpose of the shims under the needle?
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Putting a shim under the needle raises the needle, and, in effect, changes its length. Once the needle starts to rise, it brings the taper in sooner, and at any particular point while the taper is in play, it make the mixture richer. As you can no doubt imagine, the changes are very small. This is very much about fine tuning.
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'06 1200
no name slip-on drags
stock AC w/ HD filter
CVP kit
extended screws
45 pilot, 180 main


having trouble with maintaining even throttle, engine power. seems like it was to burb, hiccup, chug, missfire in gears 1-3 @ speeds of 0-35mph.

first time tuning a carb and i just can't figure it out. i understand the basics and have read all the links.... not sure what i am experiencing and don't know what to exactly call it to find help resolving.
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Your jetting sounds fine and the conditions described are more likely the result of a vacuum leak (most common) or perhaps the need to adjust your mixture screw. If you have the CVP kit that comes with the EZ-Just then the below link talks about adjusting that mixture to find the sweet spot in the transition between idle and mid range.

Mixture Screw Adjustment

It cannot be emphasized enough that vacuum leaks can really throw things off. Having said that, here are some of the other common problems encountered before or after rebuilding a CV carburetor:

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42, and 160, screw ~3 turns out. I am not sure, but I may be a little lean, once in a while i get a slight cough at the carb. Normal?
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2002 1200S
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42, and 160, screw ~3 turns out. I am not sure, but I may be a little lean, once in a while i get a slight cough at the carb. Normal?
I wouldn't try to drown out a "once in a while slight cough at the carb" with too much fuel if your mixture is otherwise correct and your bike runs well. Your jetting/settings don't sound far off for an 883 with a decent exhaust rather than drag oipes.
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I wouldn't try to drown out a "once in a while slight cough at the carb" with too much fuel if your mixture is otherwise correct and your bike runs well. Your jetting/settings don't sound far off for an 883 with a decent exhaust rather than drag oipes.
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I wouldn't try to drown out a "once in a while slight cough at the carb" with too much fuel if your mixture is otherwise correct and your bike runs well. Your jetting/settings don't sound far off for an 883 with a decent exhaust rather than drag oipes.
I think I am going to leave as it is for now, thank you.
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When I bought my bike, a 97 1200, it had drag pipes, stock air set up and stock jetting 42/170. I switched the pilot jet to a 45, which made it run better but it still had a decel pop.
I just put on Samson 2 into1 pipes and it ran horrible, no power, popped like crazy, so this morning I switched back to a 42 slow. The decel pop is still there, but huge improvement in performance.
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