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Friend rebuilt, rough idle when cold, better warmed up. Do not know proper setting for rich/lean adjusting screw. Or if out makes it leaner or richer.

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They adjust the air intake and fuel intake witch is the rich lean and you should adust them all the way in and adjust them out as needed you will have to play with it. and guess what its an 81 it is a cold blooded beast please keep it on the road love the classics

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