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Replaced stater,put bike back togeather, and now have flames

Shooting from pipes

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    paul erickson May 11, 2010

    couldnt read all of your question

    what is shooting from pipes?



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If you're seeing fire coming out of your pipes, you need to adjust your timing and lean out your carb. It's running too rich.

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