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The bike only runs with the choke out and cuts off when revs are put on

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  • yvonnef95 Oct 06, 2009

    how would I do that?

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    u have a plugged main jet in the carb, overhaul it.



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My guess is you either have a dirty carburator or you have a plugged jet that is limiting your gas flow. If you have a gas filter, try and replace that or see if there is something in the fuel tank that would plug up the gas flow to the carb.

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