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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-31-2015, 07:21 AM Thread Starter
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Is it really that easy

When I bought my bike it came with a box of parts. Included in the box were a set of pods and a box of jets and other carb parts. I have drilled my stock pipes and would love to add the pods and rejet but here is my dilemma...is it really that easy? I am fairly mechanically inclined but when I get into new territory I get nervous I am going to screw something up. Last thing I want is to take my running bike and turn it into something I have to trailer to a mechanic. When I first got it I removed and cleaned the carbs myself but I couldn't solve my running issues. I still had to take it to a mechanic. That makes me even more nervous about tackling the jetting.
I read here where folks with no experience have done it with no issues but I am still apprehensive about it. On the flip side I would love to know how to do it, and if it's that easy I would hate to pay someone to do it for me.

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-31-2015, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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So it turns out I have a complete Maxair predator kit. Does maxair number their needles differently than mukini? The numbers in the kit don't match up with the suggestions in the charts on the KB page. The KB page says when using a kit go by the kit instructions but I was just wondering why the difference.

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I used to be scared of carbs, I once took off my 4bbl off of my Olds 442 apart on the kitchen table when I was 14, mom didn't approve of that , and I had to take it to an experienced mech to get it put back together.

But since, I sucked it up and have rejetted a couple bikes, but being careful to follow jet sizing recommendations from others near the same elevation etc, to try to make it a one shot deal. its not that bad, really! just be sure to keep track of the order of which you take things apart, and not strip anything out (bowl screws etc).

As for the diff in jet sizes, my experience is diff needle and jet manufacturers use their own sizing charts and profiles.
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Will someone give me their advise on this please. I am reading the maxair instructions as well as the KB. The KB states to use the kit instructions but it also gives a chart that's listes as "a good place to start". Well there are some differences and some are more than one jet size. Just wondering what you guys that have done this would recommend. I have stock pipes with the "Slash cut exhaust third baffle gutted" mod listed on the 650 wiki page. with the maxair kit it suggests 22.5 pilots and 142.5 mains and two .5mm shims on the needle. The chart on the KB suggests 17.5-20 pilots and 145-147.5 mains and the same settings on the needles. Also since I have pretty much gutted my pipes should I go with the recommendations for slip-ons or stick to the drilled. And lastly, my bike is an 06 that has the solenoids on the carbs but it has older pipes w/o cats. The kit I am installing has been on the bike previously. Do I need to do anything with the solenoids in the carb bowls or just leave them alone? They do not appear to have been tampered with previously.
Sorry for the long post with multiple questions. Like I said in the first post I just don't want to screw this up so I'm collecting all the knowledge and advice I can find first.

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get mikuni needles and jets follow the kb 20 pilots you can probably get everything from Partzilla
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post #7 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-31-2015, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks nick but I have all the parts. Just looking for suggestions on which ones to install.
I'm just second and third guessing myself is what my problem is.

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OE Highway bar with custom mounting brackets
Kuryakyn Dually ISO Highways pegs
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Passenger floorboards
Barons Nasty Boy Slip-ons
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Kuryakyn led headlight halo

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The 650 Wiki suggestion seems like a great place to start. I like to say "one change at a time". Makes it easier to back out if things don't go the way I like.

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I'm confused, if you have an 1100 why are you looking up info on a 650?

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Wait...What? Good catch.

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