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Old 10-24-2009, 09:52 PM
gregalman gregalman is offline
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Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Chatsworth, Ca.
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Default Caution new builders

Thought I'd share a lesson learned today. No that's not exactly true.......thought I'd admit to being a dummy and not heeding advice read here time and time again in hopes it saves someone else some trouble.

Today I finished installing a Grubee starfire on my point beach. The kit came with the carb fully assembled and throttle cable installed. Like an idiot I mounted it without disassembling it.

The motor fired easily and ran fine until I applied a moderate amount of throttle and then it would completely bog down.

I pulled the slide out of the carb and the needle stayed in the bore. They had installed the needle below the slide rather than through it. If that needle had been sucked into the intake port I wouldn't be feeling nearly so lucky tonight.

Anyway now it runs fine and the real work begins. Better front mount, Better chain tensioner, find and eliminate a couple of rattles, break in, fine tuning........ on and on......

The moral is listen to the experience you read on this forum and check everything!

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