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Old 08-16-2013, 10:44 AM   #1
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Bandit sounds like a Subaru/ power issue... :/

This happened just this morning on my way to work. When I first went to start her up the engine turned once then stopped. Weird. I try again. The engine turns over rather slowly this time, but finally sputters to life. She's usually a little sluggish cold, but never this bad. I let it idle for a minute giving a little gas to keep it from dying before heading off. When I did pull out onto the street the bike was rather sluggish and burbly. It sounded just like a Subaru WRX if you know what I'm talking about. I was in a hurry to get to work and didn't want to damage anything so I just turned around, parked the bike, and took the cage. Now I'm at work freaking myself out thinking about what could possibly be wrong! I'm thinking it could be a bad plug, but I haven't had the time to check the pipe temperatures/leaking fuel etc. Anyone else run into a similar problem or know what I should look to do next?

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Old 08-16-2013, 11:30 AM   #2
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Does sound like a fouled plug, maybe from bad gas though. How long did it sit before trying to ride it this morning?
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Old 08-16-2013, 12:02 PM   #3
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I'm hoping it's a plug. It's my daily driver! I ride it every day I can, so she never sits too long... If It's not a plug, do you think running some sea foam or another similar fuel additive would help?
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:58 PM   #4
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I'll post more once I get back home and check a few things.
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Pilot jets maybe clogged some!
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Pilot jets maybe clogged some!
sounds like a jet stuck open....
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fouled plug... pilot jet... or something in the carb.'s / air-fuel mix.

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Old 08-16-2013, 04:24 PM   #8
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If I get some time when I get home I'll do more troubleshooting. I've got a short pipe on it so it's been running pretty lean for a while. Thanks Bart, I'm a tinkerer so I'll probably try all I can before taking it some place. I've been to Motorcycles Unlimited before and they are very nice and knowledgable. I'll take it there if none of my tweaks get r' done! Thanks for the suggestions everyone.
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Sounds like bad gas to me, if it's been sitting for very long the gas could have phased.
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Hey, all! I tested the plugs. All of them are firing. (I shocked myself just to be sure) haha. I let it warm up and the power is fine, as is the idle. The pipes all get hot too. Still got stuck cranking the first time turning her over this morning... tried again to fire her up and let it warm up a little... she seems fine. She does smoke a little and have a pretty strong smell of fuel if she gets hot. I know bandits burn a little oil, so maybe that is what's going on there. I need to re-jet her because of the pipe I have, so I'll clean the carbs and whatnot then. I should probably replace the plugs anyways. I didn't have any trouble riding to work this morning, but I'll see what happens on the ride home.
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Old 08-18-2013, 03:54 PM   #13
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As for all of the "old fuel" ideas... I did have to use the reserve for the first time in a long time. Would flipping that valve open introduce any problems with sediment or anything similar?
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So I was riding home from work today, and all was good for about 2 min. Go to pull out onto the street and Subaru mode kicked in. I looked for fuel leaking and such... nothing. I pull away from the light jerkily and kept the engine in low RPM limping home. I made a turn in second, RPMs going up a little more and WOAH nelly. 4 cylinders firing strong. I back off, and back to lumpy engine. I tried giving her a little more gas and there comes the power. At this point, I'm almost positive its one of the jets gunked up. Time for a cleaning!
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Sounds like a coil maybe. One coil fires two cylinders on that bike so losing one drops two cylinders.

Does the compression sound even when cranking?

Could all so be a bad spark plug wire insulator arcing through to the spark plug well area .

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I don't think it's the coils/plugs anymore. I did a check at idle and they are all firing. I'm fairly certain at this point that it is the carbs. I need to rejet them anyhow, so if it's still giving me problems after the cleaning/jetting I'll move on to plugs and coils. It sounds just fine when given some gas. Power comes back and she pulls fine. Its only at low RPM that I have a problem. :/
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I don't think it's the coils/plugs anymore. I did a check at idle and they are all firing. I'm fairly certain at this point that it is the carbs. I need to rejet them anyhow, so if it's still giving me problems after the cleaning/jetting I'll move on to plugs and coils. It sounds just fine when given some gas. Power comes back and she pulls fine. Its only at low RPM that I have a problem. :/
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