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My '06 Electra (completely stock) is getting a little harder to kick start so I pulled the spark plug and it looks to be running rich. I haven't really kept track of gas mileage so don't have any information there. I have noticed that the exhaust pipe has no signs of bluing which I expected to see as I thought it was fairly typical. When I read Pete Snidal's manual on the CV carb he indicates it is pretty much a factory set and forget carburetor. I checked the air filter and it looks almost as clean as the day it was new and there is no sign of any oil blowback in the airbox. My question would be what have others found with this setup, and should I just replace the plug and not worry, should I start tweaking the mixture adjustment? Or, should I be pulling the carb off to clean it? I'll have to admit I'm a little nervous about the last part as it has been many years since I've delved into carburetors.,I had problems with back-firing on the over-run and running out of power over 50 mph ( almost like the choke was full on) The plug colour was dark chocolate...obviously running too rich. I took the carb apart and reset the needle height..no problems thereafter. I have no idea why the needle should have slipped out of correct adjustment as I too understood these carbs were set and go end of story.,,,

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