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I have an 04 yz450f and have a pretty bad backfire. it is mainly when I let of the throttle. I have rebuilt the top end and cleaned my carb. I have owned the bike since it was new and always lived at the same elevation. I have masked the problem with jetting and by adjusting the fuel screw but can't get rid of it. what can it be?

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Give the exhaust system a thorough inspection...leaks especially close to engine where the exhaust is hottest leak out under load...but can draw air in under deceleration....any unburnt fuel will ignite with the fresh air and high temperature.

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Had carbs rebuilt and suppose synced but bike starts hard and when running backfires whin you let off the throttle


1. choke circuits still plugged up or carbs not cleaned correctly; most people that attempt to clean their own carbs do not have the proper equipment to do it with. Most carbs have really small orifice(jets) and require really small jet drills/orifice cleaners to clear them out. Cleaning them in a caustic soak tank will clean them out but the carbs must be taken completely apart or it will damage any gaskets or rubbers parts left in it. Carb cleaning should be left to professionals unless one has experience doing it.

2. Open/broken vacuum lines can make it hard to start and backfire when letting off the throttle; jets that are not cleaned out correctly can also make it backfire.

3. If the backside of the inlet grommets are not sealed at the flange and have a vacuum leak, that will cause hard starting and backfire also; this applies to carbs with a flange style grommet. If the intake grommets are cracked or leaking it too will cause hard starting and backfire. Remove the carbs, wipe the head and mating flange surfaces with laquer thinner, let it dry and then reseal the grommets back to the head with rtv silicone rubber. Make sure to wipe any excess rtv(before it drys) from down inside the port before putting the carbs back on.

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Hi, Ssfichter1 and the usual suspects are:
1. Severely discharged or a damaged battery, should have 12.5 volts or better and be able to pass a load test if necessary.
2. Failed alternator/generator and or voltage regulator.
3. Loose or corroded battery terminals and or cables especially the "NEGATIVE" cable, look for loose, corroded, or broken connectors inside the cable harness at "BOTH" ends.
4. Failed main circuit breaker or ignition switch, check for loose connections and continuity.
5. Failed system and or ignition relay, check for continuity.
6. Failed ignition coil, ignition/electronic module.
7. Failed CKP, CPS, CMP, MAP, TPS, or BAS sensor, corroded, loose or broken wire connector pins/sockets.
8. Throttle cables and or idle speed improperly adjusted hot idle speed should be 950 RPM to 1000 RPM.
9. Air/fuel mixture screw improperly adjusted.
10. Accelerator pump damaged or not working.
11. Water or dirt in the fuel system, carburetor or filter.
12. Restricted, blocked or kinked fuel line.
13. Fuel tank empty.
14. The gas cap is not venting properly or fuel tank venting system blocked.
15. A failed fuel pump, pressure regulator and or fuel injectors.
16. Vacuum line from intake manifold to petcock broken, cracked, or not attached, carburetor vent line plugged.
17. Needle and seat stuck closed in the float bowl.
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With any naturally aspirated motor, aside from timing, your fuel/air mixture is crucial at part-throttle as well as at wide-open throttle and off-idle. Sounds like your running too lean on the top end and too rich at part-throttle and off-idle. You should focus on either preliminary adjustments to your carbs; rebuilding or replacing them. You may also consider re-metering and re-jetting your carbs.

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2007 CRF 450 R- from 1/2 TO full throttle it backfires and cut out,as soon as you release the throttle it comes back to normal.Below 1/2 throttle all is fine.Cleaned the carb ,checked all jets and fuel...


This can only be lack of fuel for some reason backfire is nearly always lean fuel condition and the cut out pretty much confirms lean or no fuel?
I would be checking the size of main jet (they numbered) double check it is factory size? I would check the needle clip position god knows why but people change the position so double check it is factory setting (usually 3 or 4 notches from top is factory setting I forget which one it is for Honda's) I would double check your air filter is clean and/or not oil drenched
refer to your manual or ring your Honda dealer for all the specs
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good luck regards Jamie

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