BACKFIRE! Need Advice!
Hey guys. If anyone is able to help me out here, I'd greatly appreciate it, so thanks in advance and sorry this is so long.
I've been snowmobiling off and on since I was 8 years old....so I've been dong this for 20 years now. I build and race stockcars so I have a sufficient mechanical knowledge, but obviously 2-cycles are a different breed. I've always done all my own work to my sleds.
Here's the story...
I recently purchased a 1997 Yamaha VMax SX 700 Triple for $1100 (I know, what a deal! Guy didn't know what he had, I almost felt guilty!) Sled has 2300 miles on it, stored indoors, new track, etc... It's hardly been ridden the last couple years and has only had 380 miles put on it since 2001 according to the title. It has REALLY old gas in it, and it was never prepped for summer storage the last couple years. Sled starts up nice but occasionally has a dead spot in the throttle when you ride it.
Here's the deal. I know I need to go through the carbs and do the normal maintenance stuff to make sure it's all up to snuff. However, this thing has done some things I've never experienced a snowmobile do before. AKA, BACKFIRE occassionally when it's cold and you give it gas. It also won't idle consistently...it revs up, slows down, revs up, slows down...all on it's own!
I've never owned a triple before, but this thing sounds like it has a grumbly kinda knock coming from the engine when it's idling. Strange thing is, the sound doesn't really speed up when you rev it up and I can't hear anything necessarily coming from inside the engine when you put a screwdriver on it and listen. Could it be exhaust noise?
Compression tests out OK. I haven't put any new gas in the tank yet...still running it on 3 year old fuel. Old owner said that this sled had a tendency to foul spark plugs if he didn't run it hard. The sled came from upper Wisconsin and he thought maybe here in Iowa, with the warmer temperatures that it needed to be jetted down. It smells rich to me compared to my other sleds, FWIW.
My question is....do you guys think this sled is suffering from a bad case of skanky carbs? I'm hoping that carburetion is the only problem, but should I be looking for anything else?
Again, thanks in advance. I appreciate any and all opinions.