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I can't get the air filter cover off my 1994 883 Sportster to get to the carb....Is it only the two screws or am I missing something

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Hi T_mccarthy, it could be rusted on just pull real hard. Good luck.

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1998 Sportster 883. Trying to remove air filer cover, one bolt comes out no issue. Other bolts spins like it wants to come out but doesnt. What options do I have?


The bolts are "undercut". Take all three bolts out at the same time. Loosen one a few turns, then another and then another until they all come out as the backing plate comes away from the carb. They are "undercut" so that they don't come out while the engine is running. They should stay in the air filter backing plate but you can screw them all the way out.

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Aug 15, 2011 | 1993 Harley Davidson XLH Sportster 883

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How do you adjust the idle on a 2005 XL 883 sportster


If it's got the original carburetor, there is a screw at the top right of the carb. You'll see the black square cap on the carb, look just to the right of that. You may have to take the air filter off in order to get to the screw. Adjust the idles speed when the engine is at full operating temperature. Turn the screw clockwise to increase the idle speed.

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May 25, 2011 | 2005 Harley Davidson XL 883 Sportster

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It seems like my idle is too high for my 04 1200 custom sportty. what should it idle at?


It should idle between 900 and 1000 RPMs when at full operating temp. If it's equipped with a carb, remove the air filter cover. You'll see the square looking top on the carb. Look on the right side, towards the front of the bike, at the top of the carb and you'll see a screw. This is the throttle stop screw. Turn it counterclockwise to slow the idle.

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Apr 20, 2011 | 2004 Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster...

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I have a 2005 harley davidson sportster xl 1200 custom. after bike is at normal operating temp.when i stop for redlight or stop sign, bike idles to fast.i can let out on clutch little bit and it will slow...


If the carb is adjusted correctly, the engine will not idle without the choke when cold. I will usually take at least 3 to 5 miles of riding to get the engine warm enough to idle by itself without the choke. If your bike is a full operating temperature, it should idle at about 1000 RPM. If it's idling higher than this, you need to slow it down a bit.

Remove the air filter cover and look at the top right side of the carb. You'll see a screw there . This is the throttle stop screw. Turn the screw counterclockwise to lower the idle speed to 1000 RPM or so. Blip the throttle and let it settle back to idle. Reset it if necessary. Once set, put the air cleaner cover hand on.

Mar 14, 2011 | 2005 Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster...

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Air idle mixture screw on a Carburetor 2006 sportster


The idle mixture screw is on the bottom of the carb behind the float bowl. Unless it has been modified, this screw is covered by an "anti-tamper" plug and you cannot get to it to make an adjustment. If you wish to make it adjustable. You'l have to take the carb off the engine, turn it upside down and drill out the anti-tamper plug. Be very careful doing this or you'll destroy the screw underneath the plug.

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Steve

Mar 12, 2011 | 2006 Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster...

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883 sportster harley won't idol when hot


Remove the air filter cover and look in the area of the top right of the carb. You'll see a screw there. This is the idle speed stop screw. Turn the screw clockwise just a bit to get the engine to idle at approximately 1000 RPM. If it still won't idle, you may have problems inside of the carburetor.

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Steve

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Unburnt fuel come out of muffler while saw is running


There is a number of reasons why this can happen, running the saw on too rich a fuel oil mix, most modern two stroke oil is ok to run at 50-1, air filter blocked creating over fueling, clean the filter, carb mixture screws set too rich, re set the H screw on the carb, carb flooding due to needle leaking, service carb, ignition system fault, miss firing, replace plug, or ignition unit.
Always try the easy stuff first before fitting new parts.

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2004 1200xl sportster needs carburator adjustment....idles too low...wants to shut off...how do I adjust


Take your air cleaner outer cover off. Look at the top of the carb with the large cap on it. Just to the right (towards the front of the bike) is a screw. This is the throttle stop screw. Turn the screw slightly clockwise to increase the idle speed.

Good luck
Steve

Sep 21, 2010 | 2004 Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster...

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My harley sportster the idle screw needs turning to speed up tick over need to locate on carb


You may have to take the breather off to get to the screw. Some of them can be difficult to get to. Standing on the right side of the bike looking down at the air filter, you can see the square looking top of the carb. On the right hand side of the carb near the top is the idle stop screw. Turn the screw clockwise to increase the idle speed.

Good Luck
Steve

Jun 02, 2010 | 2000 Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster...

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2005 1200 sportster bogs when idling


It could be any number of things but I would tend to think that it's something to do with the carburetor. It could be something as simple as it's idled too low. The idle speed should be about a thousand RPMs or so.

Your bike also came from the factory jetted extremely lean. A "jet kit' may help the problem in that it will richen the mixture up just a bit making the transition from the idle circuit to the midrange circuit smoother.

Next, you may have a problem with the accelerator pump on your carb. If the pump is not working correctly. Remove the air filter cover and element so that you can see into the carb. With the engine NOT running, crank the throttle to wide open position while looking into the carb. You should see a stream of fuel being squirted into the carb out of a brass nozzle in the throat of the carb. If you don't see this, you need to have the carb serviced.

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