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I have a 1973 kawasaki 175 enduro that wont start wheat could be wrong, it has spark, compression, clean fuel, and i tore the carb down checked the float and everything seems to be fine and i had it running last week but it hasnt ran since

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Is the spark getting to the end of the plug or the end of the cable

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    Joey Rook Apr 15, 2014

    end of the cable



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