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Old 11-03-2012, 03:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ever since the damned Sandy hit New York my Diesel hasn't been the same. throttle response in the lower power band is blotchy and uneven i.e. she chokes at low RPM, she'll stutter & threaten to shut down and i have to reset the throttle and give a quick twist of the wrist to stay on. she's shut down like twice upon take off from a red light & after a steady highway run she'll come off it a little better but i can still feel a lack of power. during idle / warm-up theres more backfire than usual so i think it may be a Carb thing... any ideas... im riding an '03 600vlx
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Old 11-03-2012, 05:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What does the storm have to did with it? was it left outside?
you may have water in the spark plug tubes, there are 4, if so blow them out with compressed air.
otherwise it sounds as though it may be running to lean, and the colder weather it be more noticable. more popping out the exhuast on decel, and intake of popping on accel. in that case you would need to clean and or rejet the carbs.

did you gas up after the storm? water in the fuel?
but make sure you have mo water around the plugs before you go looking at fuel related issues
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Old 11-03-2012, 05:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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[QUOTE=Bonestock;1427591]Ever since the damned Sandy hit New York my Diesel hasn't been the same.

Diesel? WTH .Maybe thats whats wrong with it
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Bonestock View Post
Ever since the damned Sandy hit New York my Diesel hasn't been the same.

Diesel? WTH .Maybe thats whats wrong with it
LMFAO... yeah def.

All bs aside, it does sound like a lean issue. And the colder weather definitely will make the issue a lot worse. Check your the coloration of your plugs. that'll give any tell-tell signs of how the engine is running. Look online for pictures of plugs with a breakdown of what each condition and corresponding color means. Start with the simple first. I wouldn't pull the carbs just yet. You can also have someone mechanically inclined or just do it yourself if you are even somewhat experienced make adjustments on your air/fuel mixture screws. Get a hold of a service manual for your model, and it'll show you exactly where to find the screws and the process for getting to them. Always rule out the minor things before tearing into anything. Hope this helps.
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