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Hello everybody, this is my first time posting and it's with a question that I'm sure you can help with. I have an 03 385 bike and just bought my wife a 04 demo trike from the factory during Myrtle Beach (63 vette). I am by no means a mechanic at all, so what I'm asking is through a friend of mine. does anyone run a "choke stove" on their bike? Why or why not? When I'm WOT the bike will bloww alot of black smoke for a few seconds. They are saying it's because when the bike is already warm and I hit the throttle the choke closes and just dumps fuel in the carb. So would a manual choke help this at all? Or any other suggestions?


Thanks in advance for your help, Rob
 

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The simple answer is forget the choke. If you are OK with a bit of throttle feathering when you first start, you don't need a choke. Have someone who understands the Edelbrock carb wire tie the choke in the full open position.

If you want to invest a bit more time and money, you can put an electric choke on your carb. Search the archives and you will find info about that application. Or perhaps, someone who has done it will answer your post.
 

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I too am no master mechanic and occasionally ride in cold weather unlike lucky Neil (who by the way, knows as much or more than anyone on the forums). My bike came with the choke tied open as Neil suggests but I can tell you it was a bear to get it started and running below 40 degrees or so. I had a really expert Chevy mechanic install an electric choke only a month after buying the bike. What a pleasure! Inexpensive and your starting problems are over. Startup is instantaneuos regardless of the temperature. Starts at about 1800 rpm, wait about 15-30 seconds, blip the throttle and it drops to a fast idle of about 1300 rpm. About a minute later blip it again and you are at idle.
It did go south once three years later and had to replace the guts. Inexpensive and has been perfect since.
Welcome to the crazies here. You never meet a finer bunch of people.
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You guys are right on the money. The choke on my wifes trike was fixed in the open position when I bought it from the factory, now I understand why. I am going to do the same with my bike for now, but I do ride as much as I can year round so I am interested in putting an electric choke on the bike. Luckilly, I have a few good carb friends to help. I knew from reading for so long that you guys would have some excellent and quick responses. Thanks so much!

One more question- where do I get an electric choke? Rob
 

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Rob,
On my 98 350 my choke was wired in the open position. It is a little tempermental when starting in the cold. I ride the Hoss till the roads get covered with snow and salt whatever the temp is. You just have to "quiver" the throttle like an old tractor when it gets real cold. (More so in the single digits)
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Rob,
I don't know if you got my e-mail with the pictures or not, but if you're interested in an electric choke, here's some info.
I used the CU 445 electric choke. You would also need the choke plate adapter for the intake manifold to mount the electric choke opener on. This is a link to Carbs Unlimited where I ordered my electric choke from. Scroll down to almost the bottom of the page.

http://www.carbs.net/quadrajet.asp

This link is to Summit where you can get the adapter
Part # EDL 8901. Just put the EDL 8901 in the search box.

http://store.summitracing.com

Not real dificult, but not just a "bolt on" either. For what it's worth........there ya have it!












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THANKS DON AND EVERYONE ELSE FOR THE INFO. I WILL START LOOKING INTO PARTS YOU LISTED, JUST AS SOON AS THE KIDS GIVE TEN MINUTES.

THANKS FOR YOUR USEFULL INFO, ROB
 
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