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1998 yamaha royal star backfires especially when decelerating

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Backfiring is a sign of an air leak. Somehow air is being allowed into the exhaust system. If you or a previous owner has drilled out the baffles to increase sound, this could be the cause. A burned valve could contribute but is not likely unless the engine has been severely overheated. A burned valve will also cause poor performance and it can pop upon acceleration which was not mentioned in your original question so I doubt it is a valve causing the problem. Plus - these engines are pretty reliable and robust. I bet on the air leak.


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