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Ok put new jets in carbs due to sloppy low end throttle on popping on deceleration, sync carbs still have same problem . oh does have after market pipes. any ideas what else it could be?

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Try with the choke on and see if it gets better or worse, will help you work out if it is lean or rich.
popping on decel can also be loose exhaust clamps or gaskets

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