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Hey been looking on the net, cant seem to find a straight answer on how to set the carb settings on my skidoo,its having a rough time starting when its cold. ive cleaned just about everything that nee

Cleaned carbs, and rev exhaust, new plugs, thinking jets need to be set properly

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Skidoos aren't really my thing being from Texas however if your unit has float bowl type carbs a common problem with bikes and atvs that have cold start only difficulties and the unit has sat untill carbs varnished up or have ethanol corrosion is this. The choke circuit draws fuel from a passageway in the float bowl itself. There is a brass tube on the carb body that inserts into a hole in the wall of the float bowl. this is the choke circuit fuel pick up.There is a very small orifice(jet) in the bottom of this hole that will clog and not allow fuel from the bowl to enter this circuit there by causing no enrichment when using the choke. The unit will normally start fine once hot if you can get it running but has difficulty when choke is required for cold start.. Worth a look. Good luck!

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