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I was wondering if anyone has rejetted a VN700? My bike runs good, but has no change in acceleration passed half throttle. She also takes forever to warm up. Even in 75 degree weather I will have to choke her for about 5 minutes or she will bog when I take off. I checked my plugs and they are tan. Hot restarts have not really been a problem. I was wondering if rejetting whould help or are these bikes just that slow? This is my first bike and my friend's stock 883 sportster is faster.:(
 

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I believe you are not getting enough fuel to the carbs. Check the vaccuum hose that goes from the intake to the petcock. It may have a air leak. Best to replace it, a leak is hard to detect on that hose.
 

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I'll give it a try. Do you think if I run her on prime that I sould feel a differnece? That way there would be no way to starve the engine. Just for test purposes.
 

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maby you can run some seafoam in the tank may be the first place to start (and what niterider recomended), from hanging out here and reading a lot of posts your vn should smoke the 883 (at least in the 1/4 mile). someone correct me if im wrong.
 

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It sounds to me like you are only running on one cylinder. You may have a clogged high speed jet or the jet may have vibrated loose and is laying in the carb bowl. I'd try the Seafoam first but it may be that a carb pull is in order.
 

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The carbs have been completely rebuilt and the bike runs pretty smooth. The guy who went through them cleaned and soaked them for about a week. I have used a Locus carb and injector cleaner on the bike at least twice this year with no change.
 

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Just because they have been rebuilt doesn't mean there can't still be a problem. You should smoke the 883 without even breathing hard. The reason I feel that you are only running on one cylinder is your comment about no change in acceleration after half throttle and the bike taking forever to warm up. The bike will sound smooth with only one jug firing but will be very sluggish on acceleration and won't go much above 60 mph without going downhill or in a stiff tail wind. I know whereof I speak because I had the high speed jet fall out of its mount in the carb causing the rear cylinder to cut out at anything over 3k RPM. The engine idled smoothly and accelerated nicely until that 3K limit and then would be very sluggish and not accelerate after half throttle. There was no backfiring or even the sound of a misfire, it just got sluggish. I knew something was wrong because this isn't normal. This happened about 2 months AFTER a carb cleaning and rebuild. Also, if the jet was clogged in the first place and was never unclogged, if you haven't felt the way the bike's supposed to run, you wouldn't know the difference. These bikes are really quite fast for a cruiser and can blow the doors off most other cruisers out there. If yours is not doing this, I suspect you are only running on one cylinder.
 

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Just because they have been rebuilt doesn't mean there can't still be a problem. You should smoke the 883 without even breathing hard. The reason I feel that you are only running on one cylinder is your comment about no change in acceleration after half throttle and the bike taking forever to warm up. The bike will sound smooth with only one jug firing but will be very sluggish on acceleration and won't go much above 60 mph without going downhill or in a stiff tail wind. I know whereof I speak because I had the high speed jet fall out of its mount in the carb causing the rear cylinder to cut out at anything over 3k RPM. The engine idled smoothly and accelerated nicely until that 3K limit and then would be very sluggish and not accelerate after half throttle. There was no backfiring or even the sound of a misfire, it just got sluggish. I knew something was wrong because this isn't normal. This happened about 2 months AFTER a carb cleaning and rebuild. Also, if the jet was clogged in the first place and was never unclogged, if you haven't felt the way the bike's supposed to run, you wouldn't know the difference. These bikes are really quite fast for a cruiser and can blow the doors off most other cruisers out there. If yours is not doing this, I suspect you are only running on one cylinder.
I took mine to the track just to see what it would do. I had a speed of 75 mph and 9.5 sec in 1/8 mile.
 

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The 883 isn't even in the same ball park.

A fully clogged or missing jet will give the non fire on a cylinder. It's the partially clogged jets that get the misfire/backfire symptoms. I've had both sets of symptoms. The partial clog can sometimes be cured with Seafoam. The fully clogged or missing jet will need a carb pull and disassembly.
 

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Also, I have had her above 70 but she was climbing slowly from about 65 to 75.
 

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Well, it sounds like one thing is for sure. I do have a problem and tonight I will check, hoses, air filters and plugs. I will post later if I find something.
 

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I checked the plugs and all four are tan. I replaced the vacuum hose from the tank to the carbs and found that the tank vent was also clogged. She is runnig better! thanks everyone for your help.
 
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