97 XLT Engine Died, seized?
Hello, I was just curious as to what the outcome was of your problem? I was having the very same symptoms with my 97. I did exactly what you did, carbs, plugs and sync. It was sluggish at low end. Had to pump throttle to keep it from dying occasionally even after the work was done. This past weekend did a lot of slow double riding and after about 35 miles the engine just shut off. I was able to immediately restart it and ride about another 1/4 mile and it died again. Checked plugs(looked good) fuel lines etc. and found nothing obvious. Disconnected ignition switch and tried riding again, same result. After it died this time I tried pull starting it while I was coasting to a stop and the engine would not turn over.
At this point I did not want to risk doing further damage so we towed it back. The engine is not currently seized up and will restart and run, but I only did that to get it loaded on the trailer. I am going to start working on it soon and thought I would ask around for pointers before I started trouble shooting. Thanks!