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I am trying to remove my CV carb (2000 883xlc) from the intake and I can't see how it is attached. I don't have a repair manual for this bike (I know, I know). I don't need to remove cables or hoses, just unfasten the carb.

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Remove the air filter backing plate. The two large looking bolts and the three screws in the front of the carb. Take the backing plate off. Then go around to the left side of the bike and loosen the nut on the backside of the choke cable. You may have to disconnect the fuel line as well, then the carb simply pulls out of the intake manifold. There is a rubber seal on the intake manifold. it's advisable to replace that rubber seal to avoid a vacuum leak when you replace the carb.

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