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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 04-28-2015, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy changed oil and spark plugs, wont idle

So I changed the oil and the spark plugs and now when I start it up it "idles" from 200-400rpm for about 4 seconds then dies. Fortunately once it warms up it's fine but I have to use the fake choke (or the throttle lever or whatever it's called) which I've never had to use before unless it was snowing outside. It is also backfiring and I feel like there is a loss of power on the low end. I got the spark plugs and the oil from the Victory dealer. It does have a Lloyds programmer too but I haven't touched it in a long time. I know it isn't urgent because it does run and idle fine when it's warm, but I'd just like to find out whats going on with it. Any help is appreciated!

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post #2 of 38 (permalink) Old 04-28-2015, 02:27 PM
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My guess is if it was fine before, it's not the oil but the plugs. If you still have the old ones, stick them back in there and see if a difference.
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Reverse your plug wires , your timing is probably off 180 degrees .

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Reverse your plug wires , your timing is probably off 180 degrees .
I was thinking the same thing!



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Reverse your plug wires , your timing is probably off 180 degrees .

What Mags and Broggy said...
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How did you pull the plug wires. I bet you pulled a wire out of the metal connector

oil has nothing to do with the bad idle. Your PCV might have gone bad

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How did you pull the plug wires. I bet you pulled a wire out of the metal connector

oil has nothing to do with the bad idle. Your PCV might have gone bad
I was thinking the same about the wires. When they heat up from the motor it could be causing just enough expansion to make good contact again and the bike runs normal.
Another thought could be incorrect plug gap, same idea with the thermal expansion. It's a little more far fetched but still a possibility.
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I'll vote for the damaged wires. Low or no spark on one of the cylinders.

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Mechanics, 101...... Go back to the last thing you changed..

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Spark plug GAP seems to be the most BASIC element of this situation. Did you check the gap or did you simply pull them outta the container and slap them into the bike? Not certain about new plugs but in the old days (25+ years ago) it was fairly common that the plugs needed to be checked for CORRECT gap clearance before replacing.




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