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Old 11th June 2012
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Why on earth would anyone put a combination of 48/200 jets in an 883 that has only had SE 2 mufflers and air cleaner mods done to it?!
There was evidence of it being waaay rich, even with ~3 turns out on the air/fuel mix.
I took it back to 42/180 @ 2 1/2 turns for the time being...
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Probably some idiot who thought more gas = more power.
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Wow, that is crazy! Some people just don't understand. I bet he was the same type to whine about how crappy fuel mileage is and that HD's suck because of it...
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Sounds like it was jetted for 100% ethanol!!!
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I agree with all that has been posted.

This 2003 883 XLH is a recent acquisition by my new GF/SO whatever it turns into. Still a new thing here.

When she got it home, she had battery trouble and a friend called me to come help get it started. When I got there, they were jump starting it and it would start then die. I walked up and pulled the choke out and told them to try it.
The next day I had a look over it and it was a rolling death trap waiting to snap.
On her way home with it, she told me that the clutch pivot pin had worked its' way up and almost out. The throttle assembly had started coming apart and when put back, I later found that it had jammed the brake light switch and it was on continuously. Every footrest bolt was finger loose. The forward control shift lever to the shifter shaft was spinning freely on it. Don't know how she managed to get through to any gears. Saddlebag supports were nearly falling off. Handlebar clamp was loose. A handfull of gear oil, which was emulsified, in primary. Engine oil was carbon dirty, looking and smelling like it had about 15,000 miles on it. Front brake pads were worn to about 1 mm. All this among other things I found and have now fixed for her.

Now you're thinking, "why didn't I go with her to get it?"
Well, truth of the matter is, I didn't know her until I got the phone call that night just over a week ago.
So, this neglected Sportster has brought us together.

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Many "tuners" tried to fix the carb farts and flat spot in the stock tune by throwing bigger jets at it.

Get a N65C needle available at your local Kawi dealer....
Then adjust the jets back towards stock as needed.

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Thanks, I'll try that. I think I have an N65C in my box of carb parts. I haven't looked to see what's in the carb just now.
As it stands with the 42/180 combination and decreased from 2 1/2 to 2 turns out, it is running quite well. I forgot to check the plugs after getting it home from where I have been working on it yesterday. They were a bit carboned up with 2 1/2 turns.
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Thanks, I'll try that. I think I have an N65C in my box of carb parts. I haven't looked to see what's in the carb just now.
As it stands with the 42/180 combination and decreased from 2 1/2 to 2 turns out, it is running quite well. I forgot to check the plugs after getting it home from where I have been working on it yesterday. They were a bit carboned up with 2 1/2 turns.
Just for reference. My 2002 with SE A/C and SEII pipes is running a 42/160 and 1 1/8th turns on the screw. It shows no signs of lean or carb farts at any throttle opening, and the plugs look great. Puts out about 55rwhp/53torque on the dyno with air fuel ratios between 13 and 14 consistently.
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Just for reference. My 2002 with SE A/C and SEII pipes is running a 42/160 and 1 1/8th turns on the screw. It shows no signs of lean or carb farts at any throttle opening, and the plugs look great. Puts out about 55rwhp/53torque on the dyno with air fuel ratios between 13 and 14 consistently.
Hmmm...
I have a 160 jet and may try it in there. I did check the plugs and the electrode was brownish and the ring/base was a bit carbony with 2 1/4 or so turns out. If I remember correctly ?, this is a sign of it being a bit lean?
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