Sportster idle problems

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by JackCrow, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. JackCrow

    JackCrow New Member

    Just bought a 2005 Sportster XL883L with only 1,200 miles - it's show room clean. Trouble is it won't idle without the enricher being 1/2 pulled out. I cleaned the carb, changed the plugs (fouled) and fresh gas. Runs great at speed with enricher in, but dies at idle. Any suggestions?
  2. Bodeen

    Bodeen Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    Welcome to the forum.
    Do you know how the carb is jetted? Sounds like to lean idle circuit or a clogged idle circuit. Did you remove the jets when you had it apart? Did you see what numbers were on them? Is the idle mixture screw uncovered so that it can be adjusted? We are probably going to need a little more info to get you straightened out. There are lots of good folks here willing to help out. Hang around awhile and you'll have it running real good in no time at all.

  3. glider

    glider Veteran Member

    Being a 2005 bike and having only 1200 miles on it, more than likely the low jet has some varnish blocking it a bit from sitting without being used. Your best bet is to drop the float bowl and check the jets before going any further.