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Proper engine idol...."Too much air going through the engine"

The adjusting screw on the side of the 04 shadow is touchy.
Turn it down too much...That's not good for the bike.
The bike sounds okay I think when idoling.....warm or cold.....
on the road .....i notice my baffles having to work a little bit harder then before....like..it's extra air flow........how can I fix this?

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Try slowing things down at the throttle cable adjustment first. Then you can richen it up at the carb to get where you want to be.

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>>The Following is the Instruction File for Setting the Air Mixture Screws. Any Input is Appreciated. The Procedure is the Same for 1 or 2 Mixture Screws, Just Use the Instruction File and Skip Over the Section with the Missing Mixture Screw ( Usually the H Mixture Screw).
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