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It is not listed as a replacement part on the carburetor. You would have to remove the choke plate, and the choke shaft from the carburetor. These parts are press-fitted into the carb housing and the choke lever is also press fitted onto the choke plate shaft.
To replace the "choke" on the carb of your 2000 Softail, you much take the carb off the engine. Take the air filter cover, air filter, and air filter backing plate off the engine. Loosen and disconnect the throttle cables and fuel hose. Loosen the nut on the backside of the "choke" knob and take it out of it's slot in the bracket. Twist and pull the carb out of the intake manifold bringing the "choke cable" with it. Once out, use a 14 mm open end wrench to unscrew the cable and plunger assembly. You'll have to swap the spring and plunger from your old cable to the new cable and reinstall in reverse order. Always install a new carb seal where the carb pushes back into the intake. Make sure the throttle works smoothly and snaps shut when you relaease the throttle grip. Never lubricate the "choke" cable. Be careful when tightening the nut on the backside of the cable knob end. The assembly is made of plastic and breaks easily. To adjust the tension on the cable. turn the knurled ring just behind the choke knob.
I had this same problem last year here where I work and I found that the choke lever was not dis-engaging properly and the plastice on the lever was kinda rounded out. so check to make sure the choke is working properly on the carb ( opening and closing ). also check to make sure that there is good fuel flow to the carb and that there is no blockage at the filter. spray some carb cleaner into the carb to make sure that there is no blockage in the jet. all in all though -- this is a carb issue and it could also need some minor adjustment ( throttle + idle- H/L ).
Hi- I've had huge problems with choke cables jamming on my XV250 Virago and finally got fed-up with paying dudes to put on lousy cables at $80 per job- only to have 'em jam again in weeks! The problem is that the plastic inner liner eventually melts at the carb end and jams the cable tight. I've had a cable custom made without the plastic liner at the cablemakers advice. They're going to guarantee it to last too!
Undo the Phillips head screw under your choke lever and retrieve the wave washer and other bits therein. The cable, with a large trunnion swaged here will come away from the lever.
The Carby end is more difficult,
You can opt to remove the fuel tank, pump, cable bellcrank bracket (screwed to the top of the carb) for better access. If your fingers are small enough you might try without so nuch removal but your objective is to unscrew a hexagonal 'nipple' that holds the cable/spring and choke plunger in the carb.
Pull back the dustboot over the cable and you'll see it.
You should be able to use an open end wrench (about 11mm?) to loosen it then use fingetips to unscrew it (if loose enough!) take care when removing the whole lot from the carb- the spring and choke plunger sit on the end of the cable held only by a small 3mm swage. remove these parts from the cable and pull the cable out through its guides along the frame. Assembly is the reverse. I hope this helps some.
To change the choke cable, you don't have to disassemble the carb but you may have to take it off the engine. The black plastic piece simply screws into the side of the carb. Once out, you'll have to take the plunger and spring off and put it on your new cable. Then screw the new cable into the hole. Reinstall the the carb on the bike. Always replace the carb seal on the intake where the carb plugs into it. Good Luck
Three (3) possible carbs were available on your machine.
If you have:
Walbro model WT-606 carb, the choke and throttle levers are available in kit form (which leads me to believe the spacer comes with them). Throttle lever kit part #530071726 and choke lever kit part #530071725.
If you have:
ZAMA model C1Q-W11 carb, the choke AND throttle levers are BOTH a part of the carb itself. (Would need a whole carb to get your part.) Complete carb part #530071465.
If you have:
ZAMA model C1Q-W11C carb, the choke and throttle levers are available in kit form (which leads me to believe the spacer comes with them). Throttle lever kit part #530071715 and choke lever kit part #530071716.
If you want a 'drop-in' replacement, you will HAVE to source a carb that was fitted as original equipment. Following the demise of Tecumseh's engine division, supply is limited to 'old stock', but there is fair spares aqvailability at present. A newer 'primer start' carb will fit, but you will have to remove all the choke operating mechanism. Don't fit a carb from a larger or smaller engine - the mixture will be wrong, and the engine will never run properly.