Hard Start and Backfire

Question for Fix My Hog I have a custom bike and it has a 1995 Harley engine, Sportster 883. The problem the bike is very hard to start and it coughs or back fires from the carburetor and sometimes from the exhaust. Do you think it’s the carburetor? I live in Denver Colorado thin air and high altitude.

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Fix My Hog Answers Check for an intake leak. You may need to replace your intake seals. Might be time to refresh the carb.

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4 Responses to “Hard Start and Backfire”
    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Frederick!

      We’d love to help!

      What’s the year and model of your bike?


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  1. Robert Duran
    Robert Duran

    Have’nt started a 87 harley engine n 5 yrs. What can I do to restart it.already changed the oils,hand cables.?