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Hi, Hskrfan24 if you have changed your engine size, fuel delivery system, air filter size or flow rate, mufflers or exhaust system or a significant change in altitude your carburetors need re-tuning and if your fuel system (gas tank, filters, fuel valve, and carburetor) is contaminated with ethanol sludge, varnish, rust, dirt, water etc. or your bike has been sitting for months or years without running these components must be "PROPERLY" cleaned and reassembled "CORRECTLY" before any adjustments can be made. Tuning your carburetor is fairly simple once you understand the basic principals. You engine is a simple airbox sucking air in and blowing it out, it is finely tuned at the factory for maximum performance once you upset that delicate balance by changing air filters, camshafts or exhaust systems your performance may go down the and the engine may run poorly, you need to compensate the air-fuel mixture in the carburetor in order for the engine to run smoothly and at peak performance. If you are running multi carburetors you need to sync them first and make sure your air cleaner element is clean and dry for paper elements or lightly oiled for foam and meshed elements and properly installed. Here is how and where you compensate trouble: "TIP" if your engine "BOGS" you're not getting enough fuel.
1. Close to 1/8 throttle is managed by the air screw and pilot/slow jet.
2. 1/8 to 1/4 throttle is managed by the air-screw, pilot/slow jet, and throttle slide.
3. 1/4 to 1/2 throttle is managed by the throttle slide and jet needle.
4. 1/2 to 3/4 throttle is managed by the jet needle, needle jet, main jet, and air jet.
5. 3/4 to wide open throttle is managed by the main jet and air jet.
6. A wide open throttle is managed by the main jet.
If you are running lean, spark plug electrode color is white, engine runs hot and feels like it is starving for fuel you need to go up on the jet size or move the c-clip down one notch. If you are running rich, spark plug color is black or dark gray, the engine runs cool, and bogs down when accelerating you need to go down on jet size or move the c-clip up one notch. When your carburetor is properly tuned for maximum performance your spark plug electrode will be a light tan color like coffee with cream. If you prefer fuel economy over performance you can go down on main jet sizes until a satisfactory level of lower performance is acceptable versus MPH, your spark plug color will be whiter and your engine will run warmer. These tuning adjustments will only make improvements if your intake and exhaust system have no air leaks or sealing issues and the entire electrical system is in proper working order and you have no mechanical issues.
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2005 Honda VTX... | Answered on Jan 23, 2018


Hi, Anonymous before diagnosing your blown fuse issue, check the bottom of your seat, if its metal and comes in close proximity to the positive battery post you need to take the necessary steps to ensure there is no contact (electrical tape, thick rubber insulation, hammer a dent in the seat bottom etc.) You are going to need a wiring diagram from your service manual, a test light, an ohmmeter and plenty of extra fuses.
If you turn on your ignition switch and immediately blow a fuse you have a hard/dead short and is usually easy to find. With a test light connected to the hot side of the blown fuse holder start stabbing the wire/s that leads away from the fuse holder and towards the ignition switch, you test light will illuminate validating the short. When the test light fails to illuminate you have passed the short and need to back up until the test light illuminates, then look in the immediate area for the short.
If you driving down the road for 30 minutes or 15 miles and blow a fuse you have soft/flying short and may take some time and patience to find.
If the main fuse/circuit breaker constantly blows/trips while riding you probably have a faulty battery terminal connection. Check battery terminals for damage or corrosion, check battery cables at "BOTH" ends for loose, corroded, or broken connectors, "INSIDE" and outside the cable harness, perform connector wiggle test and check cables with an ohmmeter if necessary. Any other fuses that constantly keep blowing while riding are usually caused by a loose or corroded ground wire in the circuit, which means you have to check, inspect, test each and everyone with an ohm meter set on a low ohm scale 100 ohms or less . Simply touch one lead to the ground source and the other lead to the battery negative terminal, a reading of zero indicates a clean solid ground. Any number reading or infinity indicates a poor ground and needs to be repaired. Poor or weak grounds require excessive additional amperage to complete the circuit which in turn blows the small amperage fuse.
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2005 Honda VTX... | Answered on Oct 26, 2017


Hi, Anonymous some turn signal assemblies use the metal body as a ground eliminating the use of a ground wire for this scenario you will need your service, parts fiche, and owners manual if you can't find the best tool you ever bought for your Honda, despair not, for a mere zero $0 you can download another one. For more information about your issue and valuable "FREE" downloads that you will need for viewing or printing please click on the blue links below. Good luck and have a wonderful day.
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2005 Honda VTX... | Answered on Oct 23, 2017


Clean the carb first, before start adjusting up & down!

2005 Honda VTX... | Answered on Apr 30, 2014


Sounds like you have a dead short in the circuit. Get out the VOM and remove the fuse. Remove the bulb(s) that are powered by this fuse. On the load side of the fuse holder check for continuity to ground, there should be none. If there is start tracing wires, that means there is a bare wire touching ground or a switch has gone bad.

2005 Honda VTX... | Answered on Jan 20, 2014


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2005 Honda VTX... | Answered on Jul 27, 2013


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2005 Honda VTX... | Answered on Jul 27, 2013


When starting any engine, run engine until it will idle without the choke on, then ride.

2005 Honda VTX... | Answered on Jun 06, 2009


brake light switch on either the foot brake or the hand brake you can try to use contact cleaner and clean them both

2005 Honda VTX... | Answered on Apr 21, 2009


u need to adjust the mixture it normally a little screw on the bottom of the carb by the float bowl somewere the ones on the side are normally for overflow and tick over. if u not to sure try googling for an exploded diagram of the carb and that will tell u were it is.

2005 Honda VTX... | Answered on Dec 31, 2008


Its not suppose to start in gear, only drive or neutral.

Honda VTX 1300 S... | Answered on Apr 28, 2015


You have obviously unplugged something... check inside the headlight,, a lot of connections in there!! Double check the instrument cluster and under the tank.

Honda VTX 1300 S... | Answered on Jul 26, 2014


Are you hitting the Rev limiter? Have you serviced your bike recently? Do you have a question? When did you last replace the clutch plates?

Honda VTX 1300 S... | Answered on Sep 11, 2013


A common cause is worn piston rings. This can be checked doing a compression test.
Call your Honda shop for what the cylinder compression reading should be for your bike.
Place a compression test gauge in each cylinder spark plug hole one at a time and crank over the engine (if you have a kick starter use it with the key off. If it is electric start only, pull the other spark plug wires when you crank it so the engine does not try to start. Write down the reading from each cylinder. The readings should all be close to the same. If one or two are allot lower than the highest reading, the low reading cylinder(s) probably have worn piston rings. If all readings are much lower than the spec from your Honda shop, it is possible that all cylinders need new piston rings.
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Honda VTX 1300 S... | Answered on Dec 22, 2011


if your bike has a vacuum operated fuel petcock on the tank....ensure that it is set in the ON position and not prime PRI position. Often as these age, the diaphram leaks and raw fuel leaks into the vacuum line, into the engine and then crankcase.
You could test by removing the vacuum hose, switching briefly to prime and see if fuel starts leaking out the open vacuum port on the petcock. There are kits to rebuild the petcock...and definitely change your oil and filter to get the contamination out.

Honda VTX 1300 S... | Answered on Apr 11, 2011


I know that on motors where the clutches lube off crankcase oil synthetic oil causes clutches to wear out faster, this may be the case just an idea

Honda VTX 1300 S... | Answered on Nov 18, 2009


Try a product called "Seafoam" at your auto parts store. Its made for marine engines, and really helped my Shadow Sabre with the same problem after many other products failed.

Honda VTX 1300 S... | Answered on Aug 14, 2009


Hi, Anonymous and the usual suspects are:
1. Broken or hole burnt through piston due to spark plug heat range to high or pre-ignition due to the ignition timing too far advanced overheated engine caused by a burnt valve or carbon/metal particle embedded in the cylinder head glowing hot causing abnormal combustion timing.
2. Any bent or broken valve head caused by sticking/seizing in the valve guide.
3. Broken connecting rod due to bottom end failure.
4. Incorrect cam timing due to either installation error or cam chain malfunction or drive gear failure.
5. Spark plug blew out of head due to improper torque or failed threads.
6. Failed compression release valve or blown out like the spark plug scenario.
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