Question about 2003 Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster Custom
Runs perfect, through all gears, no hesitation or backfire. When I stop at a light and roll on the throttle it coughs through the carb. My Indy shop said it needed a re jet. Had carbs cleaned plugs replaced and reject. It still coughs through the carb!
The cough or pop back through the car is from a lean condition, likely the accelerator pump system is not giving you the correct extra shot of fuel to overcome this, you can diagnose this by removing the air cleaner and then rolling the throttle open either running or stopped engine and you should see the extra shot of fuel exit the accelerator orifice when the throttle is rolled open. If there is none or not enough you will need to disassemble the carb and clean it and check out the pump and one way valve for the accelerator pump and may as well clean the whole carb at this time. As the engine is otherwise running okay the float level which is critical is likely okay so DO NOT mess with it or change it or you may have more problems. WEAR safety glasses and do not get too close to the carb throat opening when you try the accelerator pump test in case of a spit back etc. If you want to see something VERY COOL hook up a timing light and shine its light into the carb while the engine is running and watch the fuel mist dance everytime the strobe light flashes on it.
Posted on Oct 06, 2014
Check your timing, sounds a bit too far advanced.
Check your valve adjustment.
Check for a cracked valve seat, worn valves will cause this too,( it's an early warning before the edge of a valve breaks off .)
If not one of those, check for a carbon buildup on the heads, might as well since it's off anyway.
Be sure your valves aren't hammered too thin(worn), same for the seats.
Posted on Oct 06, 2014
May need to clean or rebuild carb--or jets need to be ajusted by a pro-its runnin to rich---------they have to trac-run bike to get it rite cause to lean a condition can fry the top end
Posted on Jan 01, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Its probable simple it very often is with Harley's I think you may have an engine exhause that may have an air leek, even though you hear no sound from the exhaust that may give you clue, just make sure all carbs/injectors, air box and exhaust's are on tightly go can be as carfull as you like it happens to the best of us even me after 42yrs of bikeing I hope this solves you problem its due to old idears on bikes *** bikes have different methods but its impossble work on them at leat you can repair a Harly, Good luch chum some time you need an artificial sealer dont ask me what.
Posted on Mar 05, 2009
Check HT leads, connection and the spark at the plug to see if it nice and bright.
Is the battery charged fully or is it old? They don't last very long on Harleys.
See if the regulator is any good ( dealer or friend swap if possible to check).
Posted on Feb 18, 2009
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Not saying this will be your solution, but certainly worth considering. We had some Onan generators that sat too long at out RV dealership and were basically told carb would need replacing, as they do not have rebuild kits. At $500 a shot we decided to dump some Lucas fuel treatment and fresh gas in it. We basically tripled recommended dosage on bottle, and when engine ran we had enough lucas in there that it smoked like crazy but ran. We would run a little more through it, shut it down, let it sit for a few hours, start again, run a little, shut it down. Then let all that cleaner sit in overnight, and filled it with fresh gas again, and started it up, and after an hour or so of running steady, quit smokin, and ran like a charm. $10 worth of Lucas vs $500 carb. Did same to 3 other generators with same problem, and 2 out of 3 were cured. As it says on their site, too much will not damage the engine, so we didn't worry about that. After they were running good again, we replaced spark plugs and they were good to go, and owners were thrilled. Maybe we got lucky, but for $10-$15, I'd try it.
Posted on Apr 18, 2010
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