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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-17-2019, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
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Just when I had this machine running perfect (2014 Hammer 8 Ball) I went on a poker run and on the way home pushed it a little too far with racking up the miles on one tank. The idiot light screamed at me several times until I finally pulled into a Sunoco to fill up (always 91or 93 octane depending on the station). The odometer read 168 miles and it took pretty close to 4 gallons. A day or so later I took off for the local back roads and noticed the engine sputtering when twisting the throttle quickly. Rolling the throttle easy up through the rpms there’s no issue. Only with a quick twist does it hesitate. Plus is just doesn’t seem to have the full power it did prior to that almost empty tank. Was it dirty gas? I don’t know. The paint around the filler opening is chipped (why does Victory do this?) so I suppose there may be paint particles on the bottom of the tank that got sucked into the filter. I only have 5300 miles on this bike so I’m sure (hoping) there’s no mechanical issues.
I checked around and Bike Bandit has the oem filter for $95. I’ve never had this thing taken apart so I don’t know what I’m getting myself into if I change the filter myself. I’m pretty mechanically inclined but don’t own a garage.
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First you want to make sure there is no cracks in the throttle body, if in fact the fuel filter needs replaced many people have use these with success:

https://www.highflowfuel.com/i-28317...s-2520909.html
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So the strainer is an additional protection? I’ve seen these advertised and they make sense. As far as a cracked throttle body on a machine that’s 5 years old and under 6000 miles, is that possible? Are Victory’ known for this and is this something I can check myself?
As far as the fuel filter, how difficult is it to get to? I know it’s inside the tank but do I need any special tools?
Sorry for so many questions. I’d rather do it myself and save money if possible.
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No special tools per se but you do need to pull and empty the tank, turn it upside down on something soft like towels, then pull the panel. It can be a little tricky maneuvering the pump out.

YouTube is a great resource. I'm using it to rebuild a V6 Toyota engine that overheated. No fault of Toyota.

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I don't believe it is unheard of for a throttle body of that age to crack. I'm sure the conditions the bike has been stored in has more to do with it than actual use/mileage. For directions on removing the tank and inspecting the throttle body go to witchdoctors website or his youtube channel for instructions.

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Are you sure you didn't get some bad gas (water in gas) This happened to one of my buddies. Bike ran ok until he would get on it hard. It would cut out,sputter and backfire. He dumped the gas and all was fine. I would be surprised if the filter plugged that quick with that low of mileage.
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say do a fuel pump test before you tear into it. Auto store has pressure tester.




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Ok, A lot to think about. Thanks to all for the feedback and the video links!
I’ve been through several tanks of gas since this started happening and it hasn’t gotten any better but it hasn’t gotten any worse. In fact sometimes it doesn’t happen at all. Maybe a bottle of “dry gas” is a cheap way to rule out any water in the tank. After that I think the first action to take is to check the throttle body for cracks and go from there. I don’t know how the bike was stored before I bought it and with such low mileage it obviously wasn’t ridden very much.
I still welcome any additional information from all with experience!
I’ll keep you posted and I’m sure I’ll have more questions.
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read up on seafoam it might do more for you

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It’s just been too damn hot work on my bike and almost too hot to ride, but I’ve been riding anyway.

So I was experimenting with the problem I have with the engine hesitating when twisting the throttle quickly. I did this several times at different rpms and it seems to hesitate only below 3000 rpms. Above 3000 rpms no hesitating. I don’t know if this means anything but I just wanted to throw that information out there to see if hesitating in that rpm range points to anything in particular other than cracked throttle body. Again thanks for all input!
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