Re: Finally Running! (But that doesnt mean I'm done asking questions :p)
The smoke is fairly normal with 2-strokes, hence the nickname 2-smokers.
I don't think your choke is the problem, it sounds like you have an air leak some where and when you track that down it will solve the "choke" problem. The choke simple closes off the air supply to the intake. If the choke is all the way open, or off, and the motor dies then it is getting too much air and not enough fuel. This is called a lean condition and will cause the motor to run hotter than it should be.
Find the air leak and both issues should be resolved.
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