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How to Tune a Motorcycle Carburetor

Updated March 18, 2017

Even though your motorcycle carburettor might look intimidating and complicated, it's actually not that difficult to tune one. With a little bit of research and practice, you can learn how to tune your motorcycle carburettor to ensure maximum performance and capability. So what are you waiting for? Now is the time to learn how to properly tune your motorcycle's carburettor.

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  1. Take the carburettor out from the main body of the engine. There is a specific technique to doing this. Remove the fuel from the carburettor bowl. Proceed to clean the bowl. Remove the bolts and backing plate,s and then take off the choke cable.

  2. Put the throttle cables down. One at a time, disassemble every single little part. It is not necessary to open up the throttle cables completely. After the carburettor bowl is cleaned using the carburettor cleaner, adjust the throttle cables to the correct location. Then reset the arrangement.

  3. Fix up and reassemble the cables with the cleaned carburettor bowl. Make sure that you do not misplace a cable. Try to fit the cables into their exact correct spots.

  4. Handle the wiring system attached to the carburettor cables carefully. Make sure to not damage the fine metal wires. If the metal wires are damaged in this process, you will have to replace them.

  5. Since your carburettor has now been tuned and everything is back in place, it's a good idea to test out the motorcycle briefly just to make sure everything is in proper working order. If everything seems to be working fine and your motorcycle is running smoothly, it looks like you've just successfully tuned your carburettor.

  6. Tip

    It is a good idea to label or tag the cables in your carburettor. This will make it a lot easier for future removal or resetting.

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Things You'll Need

  • Carburettor cleaner

About the Author

Lars Tramilton has been writing professionally since 2007. His work has appeared in a variety of online publications, including CareerWorkstation. Tramilton received a bachelor's degree with a focus on elementary education from Kean University.

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