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My 2005 runs rough under load above 3,000 rpm in 4th and 5th

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Take the air cleaner cover and the air filter off the carb and ride the bike in the range that you are experiencing the problem. If it runs better with the air filter off, your carb is probably jetted too rich on the main jet. If it runs worse, it' probably too lean.

If you crank the throttle wide open in high gear the bike starts to pull, now, back off just a bit. If it pulls better when you back off just a bit, the carb is lean.

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