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Carb. on 883 sporster

Adjusted float on carbon. Now gas stopped leaking but doesn't idle without choke. Back fires

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How did you set the float level. Sounds like you did not get the float adjustment set correctly. It is very particular and it is critical for proper running etc etc. Carb has to be set on the throat and then tilted between 15 to 20 degrees to set the float level or it will be wrong. Greater than 20 degrees will collapse thew pin return spring, less than 15 will not set float properly on needle. Then setting must be 0.413 to 0.453 inches.

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Through the plug you look through to check the primary chain tension. About a 2" opening near the top center of the primary cover. This is the same as all Sportsters.

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do u have a service manual from a bookstore-there are detailed adjustments shown-u probly need an idle lowering which can be done with a screw driver-also dew a complete physical on your ride

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Are you getting spark? I know this seems obvious but check the kill switch if this particular model has one.

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If the bike has been allowed to sit for a while, the fuel may have evaporated in the float bowl. When this happens, the jets get stopped up with the gummy residue that is left behind. You may need to go through the carb and clean the slow jet and the main jet. While you're there, it would be advisable to install a new set of intake gaskets.

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i agree with you.  i had the same thing happen to me varnish on float caused it to stick in the down position when i turned the gas on it would flood out i had to change my oil to. did you stablize it if not get the carb. cleaned and make sure you fog the cylinders and add fuel stablizer to gas dont run it empty and think its good enough its not.

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Ok, it sounds like you're either not getting fuel though the jets in the carb or you've got a bad vacuum leak. You said that you replaced all three "rubbers" on the intake. I'm assuming you're talking about the intake manifold gaskets and the carburetor seal on the opening of the intake. When you put the air filter backing plate back on the carb, did you have to lift or push down on the carb to get the three small screws or the two large bolts into alignment with their respective holes? If so, you didn't have your intake properly aligned and your engine is probably sucking air at the carburetor seal on the opening of the intake. Loosen the four bolts that hold the intake onto the heads and allow it to align itself with the air filter and carb. Then retighten the bolts. This should work. If not, I'd replace them again. Do not tighten the bolts until you insert the carb and bolt the air filter backing plate up to align the intake. Once you've done this and tightened the four bolts, you can take the backing plate back off and finish connecting the carb. Harley makes a "tool" for doing this. It has three studs that stick into the three holes on the front of the carb and the bolts that hold the backing plate to the heads. It holds the intake in the proper position while you tighten the four bolts on the intake flanges. You can do the same thing with the carb like I've described here but it's a bit more work. The choke on your carb is actually an "enricher" circuit. When open, it draws fuel directly from the float bowl, not through the jets. If the carb won't idle without the "choke" on, it's not getting fuel through the idle circuit. Turn the idle mixture screw in until it lightly bottoms then back it back out three turns. Start from there.

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Won't idle without choke

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