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Need the float setting fot 1998 Kawasaki 500EX. The Bike seems to bog at midrange throttle

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Thinc u need a jet ajust and you need a clymer manual-this type of procedure is delicate-to rich or lean can hurt motor--may also need a takedown n cleanin-enjoy

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  • rwillson158 Aug 24, 2010

    Have cleaned carbs many times over thinking Ive missed something. Floats were not set right to allow needles to even move off of seats. I set them where I thought they should be which helped but still stalls at midrange. Can anybody help me on this?

  • rwillson158 Aug 24, 2010

    Have cleaned carbs many times over thinking Ive missed something. Floats were not set right to allow needles to even move off of seats. I set them where I thought they should be which helped but still stalls at midrange. Can anybody help me on this?

  • Arnie Burke
    Arnie Burke Aug 25, 2010

    u cant guess at the setting-its important cause it setts the rich/lean balance--if the clymer manual dont havit-then call a dealer tech-he wil giv u the measurement-let me know

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