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How do you adjust the idle on a 2005 XL 883 sportster

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I have a 2009 sportster xlh and need to slow down the tick over any one know how to do it please

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If it's got the original carburetor, there is a screw at the top right of the carb. You'll see the black square cap on the carb, look just to the right of that. You may have to take the air filter off in order to get to the screw. Adjust the idles speed when the engine is at full operating temperature. Turn the screw clockwise to increase the idle speed.

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SOURCE: 2005 XL 1200 C Sportster Custom: have just bought a 2005 XL 883. can pop up the oil...

yes it will unscrew after it pops up give it a twist to the left and it will come out then.

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