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97 cr500 jetting questions

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watz up?? new to this site with this 1st post. just bought a 97 cr500 and wanted to get carb dialed in. 1500 ft, 60-75 deg. temp. dont know about any engine mods except boyson reeds and a fmf turbine core 2 sparkarestor. stock pipe. opened up carb and surprised to find a 185 main jet, stock slow, and stock needle at clip 4 position. wanted to start from stock and do it rite. put in the stock 170 and worked from there, soon I had worked my way slowly back up to a 180 main, stock slow, and stock needle at clip 3 position. now runs great, low to high. my question is why would the main jet be so far from stock to run it correctly? is 140 psi compression OK? also doesnt want to idle a bit without a very little tension on the cable. tried the choke-idle speed and air screw with no results at all. But sounds great with slack taken out of the cable...this makes it rideable but is not right. carb has been gutted twice looking for problems...looked great, also no air leaks at intake. was headed for the reeds now but decided to ask a little advice. might bad crank seals be the problem and how would that be checked? sure would appreciate some other ideas on this problem or problems! I have seen good advice from this site and hope I can contribute and collect knowledge. thanks all. Tigard OR:banghead:

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watz up?? new to this site with this 1st post. just bought a 97 cr500 and wanted to get carb dialed in. 1500 ft, 60-75 deg. temp. dont know about any engine mods except boyson reeds and a fmf turbine core 2 sparkarestor. stock pipe. opened up carb and surprised to find a 185 main jet, stock slow, and stock needle at clip 4 position. wanted to start from stock and do it rite. put in the stock 170 and worked from there, soon I had worked my way slowly back up to a 180 main, stock slow, and stock needle at clip 3 position. now runs great, low to high. my question is why would the main jet be so far from stock to run it correctly? is 140 psi compression OK? also doesnt want to idle a bit without a very little tension on the cable. tried the choke-idle speed and air screw with no results at all. But sounds great with slack taken out of the cable...this makes it rideable but is not right. carb has been gutted twice looking for problems...looked great, also no air leaks at intake. was headed for the reeds now but decided to ask a little advice. might bad crank seals be the problem and how would that be checked? sure would appreciate some other ideas on this problem or problems! I have seen good advice from this site and hope I can contribute and collect knowledge. thanks all. Tigard OR:banghead:

Hello! Dump the standard carb and get a Keihin PWK! mine didn,t want to idle either. Mine is ported with different head and exhaust so i bought a Keihin PWK 41,5mm instead. Still working with needles to get optimal jetting though=). Otherwise very good with real idle adjustment and better topend power. Starts very easy too.

Johnny

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yep the stock PJ carb is a BIATCH for most people when it comes to idling... as stated jump up to a PWK and idle away .....

140 psi is on the low side.. top end time soon (this winter) ... did you hold the throttle wide open while kicking ?

i cant see it needing a 180main at 1500ft elevation..... im at 550ft and run

172m

45-48 pilot

1-1.5 turn out on screw

DGJ needle

PWK 38mm

im in arizona so its a LOT dryer here too....

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yep the stock PJ carb is a BIATCH for most people when it comes to idling... as stated jump up to a PWK and idle away .....

140 psi is on the low side.. top end time soon (this winter) ... did you hold the throttle wide open while kicking ?

i cant see it needing a 180main at 1500ft elevation..... im at 550ft and run

172m

45-48 pilot

1-1.5 turn out on screw

DGJ needle

PWK 38mm

im in arizona so its a LOT dryer here too....

Hello! What slide do you use? i have a #7 and my bike is erratic on light throttle so maybe a #6 is to prefer here in Sweden.

Johnny

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Hello! What slide do you use? i have a #7 and my bike is erratic on light throttle so maybe a #6 is to prefer here in Sweden.

Johnny

im pretty sure its a #6.... never played with the slide on mine......

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im pretty sure its a #6.... never played with the slide on mine......

Ok. yes, that,s the common one.I have a #5 that i will modify to try and see what happens.

Johnny

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Hello! Dump the standard carb and get a Keihin PWK! mine didn,t want to idle either. Mine is ported with different head and exhaust so i bought a Keihin PWK 41,5mm instead. Still working with needles to get optimal jetting though=). Otherwise very good with real idle adjustment and better topend power. Starts very easy too.

Johnny

went from the stock pj for a 39mm pwk. this thing rocks now! ended up with a 185m, 55 slow, mid clip position, 1.5 turns air screw. you were rite, easier starting, better response, top and low end, and yes it idles very nicely now:thumbsup::thumbsup: thanks Johnny

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went from the stock pj for a 39mm pwk. this thing rocks now! ended up with a 185m, 55 slow, mid clip position, 1.5 turns air screw. you were rite, easier starting, better response, top and low end, and yes it idles very nicely now:thumbsup::thumbsup: thanks Johnny

Great! Nice to hear! I bought the JD jetting kit to try, and i can recommend it to you. That gives you the possibility to ten different needle settings and you get the most common jets also. It gives a strong but smooth powerdelivery if you can say that about a 500=). I still mess with my erratic light throttle running and i may try a #7 plug instead and see if that helps. It got worse with a#8,5 so maybe thar will help.

Johnny

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