Sporster starting problem

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by chopster, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. chopster

    chopster New Member

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    I have a 1986 883 that i converted to a rigid frame
    It takes around 10 to 15 start attempts b-4 it catches
    I can not accelarte until it warms up even with the choke out
    after its up and runing it runs great, no misses or backfires and has lots of power

    Any suggestions?

    Chopster
     
  2. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Check your jetting, it sounds lean. Also try to "learn" the way i likes to be started. Different bikes take different methods to get running. The problem with warm up also sounds like jetting too.
     
  3. Jammr

    Jammr Active Member

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    The fact that it runs right and has power when hot would tell me that the mixture is OK. I don't know if this will work, but here's the link to Glider's manifold leak testing procedure. I'm thinking manifold leak.
    Finding An Intake Leak - Harley Davidson Community

    Good luck
    Jammr
     
  4. roonster

    roonster Member

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    Hey Chopster
    Sorry I cant help you with your starting problem, that bike is a bit too new for me. But I am curious about your convert to a rigid frame. I’ve got a 78 Ironhead Sportster and have been thinking of doing the same thing to it. Just wondering if you bought a complete frame and what brand. I keep looking at Fly Rite Choppers frames. Do you have any suggestions or anything you would do different ?
    Thanks
    Roonster