yeah the struggling sound concerns a bit, but i figured i was only going to be able to mitigate it, if not completely eliminate it. but i like the "ride more" solution, i can get with that. Ive got plenty of seafoam in the tank, and in the oil as well with the last change which was only a few dozen miles ago, so hopefully it clears up. I'll get it out tomorrow afternoon and see how she does nice and warmed up. hopefully its nothing (read:hopefully im not making anything worse), but i come from the plain jane car world so anything but absolute normal sounds like it hurts. im get a little bit of carb sneeze on occasion, which seems to confirm your sticky valve diagnosis. wish me luck! the stator is the only thing thats stranded me yet, and id like to keep it that way.