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1100 midnight special carb and gearbox settings Carbs flood and heavy on fuel When pulling away the gears slip between 1 st and second if the power is opened up, slowly pulling away under 2500 rpm seems normal

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Do you have belt drive or chain? if you have chain and isnt adjusted and could be adjusted a little bit tighter you might see some improvement....oh and don't be wearing tennis shoes when you shift....wear boots....i"ll tend to give a more positive up-shift into second gear!
As far as carbs flooding....do you turn your fuel to the off position and check the fuel cap vent system....too much pressure in a full tank and an open petcock my cause those bowls to over-flow. drizziling fuel into the carbs. Wet plugs in the morning.....hit the kill switch and crank for 5 sec.with throttle wide open, then wait 10 sec put kill switch back to start and try again.....you might also have the wrong fuel pump installed!

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