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I bought my Honda VTX R 1300 2006 new in Colorado and I believe i is running too lean (occasional backfires, lower performance) after moving to Minnesota. Can I adjust the carb myself somehow or should I bring it in to a mechanic?

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You have to get it re- jetted. I've never heard of anyone around here doing it themselves. its just relatively cheaper to get someone else to do it than to have to do it yourself. I've taken the carbs off my bike and it was a pain.

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