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I just recently changed to a air intake on my bike to a open filter, but now I need to take the carburator off to replace the jet in the carb to allow for more fuel. Is this a complicated task ? I have good mechanical skills just never messed with the carburator on a bike before. Is it pretty much the same concept as the carburator on a car?? thanks for getting back t5o me on this matter!!

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Some similarities, but they are different. You need to remove the bowl on the bottom, and the main jet (If this is what you are changing) will be near the center, usually a hex head (6mm), just don't over tighten the new one, they will break. (The main jet is what your slide needle goes into.)

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