How to tune your CV carbs
Walt sent me this info that was gotten from Factory Pro. Walt is
Follow steps in order:
Select Best Main Jet
- Top end (full throttle / 7.5k to redline) - Best Main Jet must be selected before starting step 2!
To get the best, most even top end power (full throttle/after 7500 rpm), select the main jet that produces the highest top speed / pulls
hardest at high rpm.
A. If the bike pulls harder at high rpm when cold and less hard when fully warmed up, the main jet is too large.
Install a smaller main jet and retest until you find the main jet that pulls the hardest at high rpm when fully warmed up. This must be
done first - before moving on to the other tuning ranges.
B. If the bike doesn't pull well at high rpm when cold and gets only slightly better when fully warmed up, the main jet is too small.
In order to properly tune the midrange and low rpm carburetion, THE MAIN JET MUST FIRST BE PROPERLY SELECTED after 10 to 15 minutes of
hard use! Do not pay too much attention to the low end richness when you are changing main jets - you still need to be using the main
jets that produce the best power at high rpm. You will deal with the low end / cruise later - after step 2.
Midrange (full throttle /5k-7k)
Select best needle clip position
To get the best power at full throttle at 5k-7k rpm, after you have already selected the best main jet.
A. If the engine pulls better on a full throttle roll-on starting at greater than 3k, when cool but soft when at full operating
temperature, it is too rich in the midrange and the needle should be lowered.
B. If the engine pulls better when fully warmed up but still not great between 5k-7k, try raising the needle to richen 5k-7k.
If the engine pulls equally well between 5k-7k when cooler as compared to fully warmed up, the needle height is probably properly set.
Do not pay too much attention to the low end richness when you are changing needle clip positions - you still need to be using the clip
position that produces the best full throttle / 5k-7k power in conjunction with the main jets that produce the best power at high rpm.
You will deal with the low end / cruise next.
Low end (full throttle / 2k-3k)
Float height (AKA fuel level & how to..)
To get best low end power, set float height so that the engine will accept full throttle in 2nd gear from 2.5k to 3k rpm at minimum.
Float heights, unless otherwise specified in the installation guide, are measured from the "gasket surface" of the carb body to the
highest part of the top of the float - with the float tang touching but not compressing the float valve spring.
A. If the engine has a "wet" rhythmic, soggy area at full throttle / 3k-4k rpm, that gets worse as the engine heats up, lower the
fuel level by resetting the float height 1mm greater (if the original was 13mm - go to 14mm).
This will lower the fuel level, making full throttle / 2k-3k rpm leaner.
B. If the engine is "dry" and flat between 2k to 3k rpm, raise the fuel level. Example: change float height from 15mm to 14mm to
richen up that area.
REMEMBER, since the main jet WILL affect low speed operation, the MAIN JET has to be within 1 or 2 sizes of correct before final
float setting. Warning: If the engine is left with the fuel level too high, the engine may foul
plugs on the street and will be "soft" and boggy at part throttle operation. Adjust Floats to raise/ lower the Fuel Level.
Base settings are usually given if a particular application has a history of fuel level criticalness. The Fuel level height in the float
bowl affects full throttle/low rpm and, also, richness or leanness at cruise/low rpm. Reference: a bike that runs cleanly at small
throttle openings when cold, but starts to show signs of richness as it heats up to full operating temperature, will usually be leaned
out enough to be correct if the fuel level is LOWERED 1mm. Check out and RESET all: Suzuki (all), Yamaha (all) and Kawasaki (if low
speed problems occur). Needless to say, FUEL LEVEL IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!!!
If there are low end richness problems, even after lowering the fuel level much more than 1.5mm from our initial settings, also check
for needle wear and needle jet (part of the emulsion tube). See Worn Needle and Worn Needle Jet diagram. It is VERY common for the brass
needle jets (in the top of the "emulsion tube") in 36mm, 38mm and 40mm Mikuni CV carbs to wear out in as little as 5,000 miles. Check
them for "oblong" wear - the needle jet orifice starts out round! Factory Pro produces stock replacement needle jets / emulsion tubes
for 36mm and 38mm Mikuni carbs.
Idle and low rpm cruise
Fuel Screw setting (AKA mixture screws)
There is usually a machined brass or aluminum cap over the fuel screws on all but newer Honda. It's about the diameter of a pencil. Cap
removal details. Newer Honda carbs use a special "D" shaped driver, usually supplied in the carb recal kit. Set mixture screws at
recommended settings, as a starting point.
For smoothest idle, 2nd gear 4000 rpm steady state cruise, and 1/8 throttle high rpm operation:
Pilot fuel mixture screw settings, float level AND pilot jet size are the primary sources of mixture delivery during 4000 rpm steady
state cruise operation.
A. If lean surging is encountered, richen mixture screws (turn out) in 1/2 turn increments.
Alternative pilot jets are supplied when normally required.
Pilot fuel mixture screw settings, float level and pilot jet size also affect high-rpm, 0 to 1/8 throttle maneuvers.
B. Too lean, will cause surging problems when the engine is operated at high rpm at small throttle openings! Opening the mixture
screws and/or increasing pilot jet size will usually cure the problem. NOTE: A rich problem gets worse as
the engine heats up.
C. If the throttle is lightly "blipped" at idle, and the rpm drops below the set idle speed, then rises up to the set idle
speed, the low speed mixture screws are probably set too rich: try 1/2 turn in, to lean the idle mixture. NOTE:
A lean problem gets better as the engine heats up.
D. If the throttle is lightly "blipped" at idle, and the rpm "hangs up" before dropping to the set idle speed, and there are no
intake leaks and the idle speed is set at less than 1000 rpm, the mixture screws are probably too lean: try 1/2 turn out, to richen the
mixture. Be sure there are no intake leaks and the idle speed is set at less than 1000 rpm!