Causes and Cures for Popping on Deceleration

There’s a lot of discussion about popping on deceleration. I have this problem myself. What are the most common causes and cures for this problem on a fuel injected twin cam motorcycle?

From Our Friends at DynoJet

Popping on deceleration is due to unburnt fuel being ignited in the exhaust. The reason you do not hear this on a bike with a stock exhaust is due to the baffling of the stock exhaust. It is not only much quieter but also does not allow the fresh air to enter the exhaust due to reversion. This fresh air makes the exhaust hotter (think of letting a fire have more oxygen) which aids in the combustion of the unburnt fuel.

To REDUCE (it may not totally go away) popping on deceleration first make sure that you do not have any intake or exhaust leaks. If all that checks out then you can alter the fuel curve at closed throttle to help this problem. If you are using a PCIII then go into the 0% column of the software and alter the fuel curve from 1750-5500rpm. The value you enter depends on your model and setup. Some Magnetti Marelli bikes responded by having a -60 put in this column while most Delphi bikes respond by inputting a +25. Also make sure that you synch the Throttle Position so that it reads 0 while the bike is idling.

Wrench Safe, FMH
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3 Responses to “Causes and Cures for Popping on Deceleration”

    I have a 2009 sportster 1200 (XL1200L). Recently upgraded to V&H slash slip-ons. I still have the stock intake in place. No reflash or upgrade to ECM. On decel or downshifting I get a lot of popping from the exhaust.
    My question is if I install the heavy breather intake from screamin eagle and upgrade the fuel map would that improve the performance and get rid of the popping on decel/downshifting?
    Any suggestions would be appreciated. Please advise…