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My bike is firing on front cylinder but not on the rear dragstar 1100

Changed ignition, battery, sparks, rectifier/regulator, cleaned carbs, cleaned gas tank, the bike is only firing on the front cylinder. There is a brown wire with black trace, bullet connection - believe it's to the carb heater, disconnected, will this cause the back cylinder NOT to fire?

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  • John Doe Jan 02, 2013

    thanks for the answers, battery is new, to be safe, put the battery on charger to bring it back up since I recently replaced rectifier regulator. Fuel filter is good, replaced. Pulled plugs, good. I will re-check the air and idle screws. I still have a feeling the wire going to the carb heater is the culprit. Would a disconnected carb heater cause the cylinder to misfire. I've gone through the bike head to toe and replaced almost everything, this wire was disconnected.

  • John Doe Jan 03, 2013

    nope not the screws, checked them, nada, I went ahead and found the part number for the heater wire, will let you know if she's better tomorrow.

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Hi John, for this situation I would call my local dealer or reputable shop's service/parts department and inquire about any possible quick fix or parts inquiry. If necessary transport your vehicle to the dealer or shop and have a professional technician take it for a test drive, if it is in running condition, and give you a written estimate of repairs and answer any specific questions you may have about your issue. Good luck and have a nice day.

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have you changed the fuel filter? you are not getting enough gas, are jets squeaky clean? there is a good fuel system cleaner in the USA called Berrymans B12. put some in the tank warm up bike then let it stand overnight and see what happens. if still no luck repeat process. if you still have same problem then get new fuel filter

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Many things could cause the problem. Let me see if I can help out.
You have spark, but is it enough spark? A weak battery can rob power from the coil so only a weak spark is present. Get a new stock NGK spark plug to eliminate the possibility of a problem plug.

It is good that you cleaned the carb because that would be my second target. Reset the air and idle screws. IMPORTANT > do not tighten these two screws down. Only screw these in until they LIGHTLY seat. Now turn each screw one and one half turns outward. Clean or replace the air filter and be sure the bolts are tight on the carb manifold. INSTALL AN IN-LINE FUEL FILTER. Let the float bowl fill then start the engine. Set the idle speed with the idle screw.

Remove the cylinder head. run the piston down to the bottom of the cylinder. look inside the cylinder. On th carb side (intake) you will see an intake port > a large hole that lets gas into the cylinder. Now look at the exhaust port. It is possible the exhaust port is pretty plugged up with carbon. The intake and exhaust ports should be approximately the same size. Are they? If not then remove the muffler and take a screw driver and plastic hammer and knock the carbon into the cylinder, thus enlarging the exhaust port to its' proper size and allowing the exhaust gases to escape. Vacuum the carbon out of the cylinder. De-carbon the piston top and the cylinder head.

Get back to me and tell me what you find. If more is needed we will go further.

Posted on Apr 12, 2009

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SOURCE: misfire forward cylinder

First you'll need to get a jet kit from West coast star. Then you'll need to jet the carbs to run equally. This may take some trial and error. Another thing that worked on my bike was the upgraded coil kit they sell. It's almost double the voltage of the stock coils and comes with better insulated wires for a more uniform resistance. I haven't had this problem since. It'll make the cylinders fire evenly and save you from those pestiferous fouled plugs. I hope this helps.

Posted on May 12, 2009

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SOURCE: motorcycle "back-fires" and often runs on one cylinder

Does the bike backfire only when the throttle is being closed? The carbs have a idle enrichment circuit. If the idle enrichment diaphragms are stuck in the closed position, the bike will backfire when the throttle is shut down. You can't remove these parts for cleaning without seperating the two carb bodies (and then needing to synchronize the carbs after reassembly). A trick that worked for me...fresh fuel, and some fuel system cleaner in the tank...ride the bike at highway speeds for 20 -30 minutes...repetedly rev the engine to a high RPM then shut the throttle closed. The repeted application of high engine vaccum to the enrichment diaphragms freed the stuck diaphragms and the fresh fuel cleaned any gum and varnish that caused the trouble. I've put 20,000 miles on it since then with no backfiring.

Posted on Jun 16, 2009

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SOURCE: firing on rear cylinder not front

I had a similar problem with my Hinda Cb750 after it sat for years. What i had to do was work my way from the battery thru the electrical system cleaning all the connections along the way to the coils This fixed the problem and get me firing on all cylinders. give it a try

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