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post #1 of 6 Old 03-13-2008, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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Choke Trouble

After sitting idle for the winter the choke on my 98 seems stuck. It pulled fine and the bike started then when I went to take the choke off no luck. I have noticed that the cable has a metal 90 degree turn at the carb and that piece is held by a plastic type clip that has suffered from heat and age and is starting to break.
Can a choke be added to the side of the carb or underneath with a short cable?
Do I have to remove the carb to free up the choke?

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post #2 of 6 Old 03-16-2008, 03:03 PM
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You may have to search on here a bit but I did see a post with pics showing where someone had swapped their choke cable for a simple push/pull on the side of the carb.

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post #3 of 6 Old 03-16-2008, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, I have one ordered from a KLX250. The old one has been removed and it seemed to frozen in the metal 90 degree turn right at the carb. If anything its a good time to check things over when it's apart.

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post #4 of 6 Old 03-17-2008, 12:48 AM
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I think this maybe your problem.

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After sitting idle for the winter the choke on my 98 seems stuck. It pulled fine and the bike started then when I went to take the choke off no luck. I have noticed that the cable has a metal 90 degree turn at the carb and that piece is held by a plastic type clip that has suffered from heat and age and is starting to break.
Can a choke be added to the side of the carb or underneath with a short cable?
Do I have to remove the carb to free up the choke?

Thanks
AA
I think this is your problem, Here's a link. Let me know if this is what's wrong so I can learn something too. Thanks, Paulo. http://www.steadengineering.com/prod...=1&productId=2
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post #5 of 6 Old 03-17-2008, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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When I was first checking into the problem I slid the rubber boot back and saw the plastic piece and it started breaking with the slightest movement. That is a nice looking piece but I can buy a new choke assembly for about half of that price. It's a good idea, I think engine heat weakens the plastic and lack of room around the carb makes it easy to break it. Hopefully the new one will last another ten years.

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post #6 of 6 Old 03-17-2008, 08:15 AM
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Thanks for that link, I may have to look into that, we are wearing ours out changing the jets and needles getting the carb right with the exhaust and everything.

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