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  1. Umm yea, so I screwed up. Forgot to check the 00-02 supplement in the manual and so the float is set at the wrong height
  2. Good to know on the air box. I left it off as the filter needs cleaned and it makes it a little easier to access the carb. But will reinstall before making any adjustments this morning. I did start at 2-1/4 turns but it ran way worse; ended up at 1-1/2. Will reset once the air box is back in though. As for setting the float level, the float was previously installed upside down and the tab was bent over 45 degrees, so I knew it wasn't right. The service manual calls for initial setting to be at 21.8mm from the housing to the top of the float, and I was going to adjust the level (as per service manual) once I got it running. But, I got too exited over it actually firing up and forgot. And your method sounds a lot easier than the one in the manual. Also, when I did the compression test, I replaced the spark plug and verified that I did have spark. It was pretty fouled and needed changed. Plus I wanted to increase my odds that it would actually fire up and not have to chase other no-start issues. lol
  3. So, an update on the Bayou... carb kit came in (All Balls kit for '00-02') and immediately noticed the needle jet only has one groove but the part # on it matches OEM. I went ahead and used the kit to rebuild the carb (note: found out the float was previously installed upside down), replaced the fuel line and filter (note: fuel switch is seeping and needs replaced), and installed the carb. I did set the air mix and float to the manual specs, as well as adjust the throttle cable all the way out. Unfortunately, the bike runs like crap. It will not stay running without the choke set to 50% or more, and if you throttle too fast, it chokes out and dies. If you ease into the throttle engine runs smooth up to about 50%; after that it either chokes or floods (not sure yet) and dies. I did try adjusting the air/fuel mix a little but it didn't help. Will add I was running it without the air-box so I know it's not restricted there. Anyways, it was getting cold and late so I called it a night and will attempt to trouble shoot in a couple hours when it's light outside and warmed up. Any suggestions would be appreciated. One last thing - I did flush the tank and am running new fuel. And, after I warmed the engine up, I drained and replaced the oil and filter so at least that's checked off. lol
  4. Greetings! New to atvs as well (and a bayou 220). Don't know how much help I'll be but does the electric start not work? or missing? Only ask cause mine turns over with tons of compression with the start button, but the pull start only comes out about 6-8" before stopping completely. I thought mine was seized as well until I got the start switch working. Just a thought. Good luck!
  5. Great post. Reminds me of when I first started doing car alignments. lol And reminds me, yet another thing I will need to check over on my bayou restore
  6. Greetings from ID. Came here for a manual as well but found a lot of other useful info and some cool ppl too
  7. Thought I'd throw this one in the club section to help raise the lack of activity here. I'm fixing up a '00 Bayou 220 that I picked up last weekend; needs the carb rebuilt, at least that's all I was hoping it needed. Anyways, decided to check the battery, starter, spark, all that jazz so I was good to go when I got the carb fixed.. and that's when I found an intermittent short in the start switch as well as the headlight switch. So I removed the switch housing from the handlebar to find this: I dismantled the entire assembly, blew it all out with compressed air, cleaned everything including the corroded contacts, and then reassembled it all making sure to put dielectric grease on all the exposed electrical. It looks 1000x better than before and everything works as it should (though I think I installed the kill switch backwards lol). My question is this: Is that good enough? As a former auto mechanic, I'd always seal any external electronics to prevent dirt, moisture, etc from getting in. However, the design of the housing doesn't really make this possible. I'm not trying to make this thing 100% submersible, but with the switch being old/original I'd like to know it won't fail on me if I get caught in a downpour or something.
  8. Recon I'll introduce myself here. I go by Squirrel, hail from northern Idaho and recently picked up my first atv. Wife and I are avid motorcycle riders but this will be a fun and new experience for both of us even though we've ridden others 4-wheelers off and on over the years.
  9. Thanks for the recommendations. I like the idea of the 12v and usb outlets! Just got back from errands and had stopped by Harbinger Fright to pick up a few sale items for the bayou: 20' tow/recovery strap, tie down ratchets, digital air gauge, tire plug kit, and some engine degreaser. I may take the tire plug kit back as I just found out AutoZone has a kit that comes with CO2(?) cartridges for re-inflating for $20. Saves room and I have a large compressor in my garage. I have a heavy duty plastic tool box I was thinking of bolting to the back rack, but I use it to haul my chain saw and come-along (which will be with the bike until I get a winch. lol All in all, a decent start to equipping it before I take it out on it's maiden voyage.
  10. So I've owned my first ever ATV for roughly 48 hours and I'm already testing the limits of my Google-Fu on mods and accessories for it. I have a '00 Kawasaki Bayou 220 that I'm getting running and plan on using it for camping and hunting trips in northern Idaho. Other than the obvious: winch and a gun rack (actually won one a couple years ago and still have it!), is there any suggestions or recommendations anyone can give? One thing I'm considering is the Rotopax 2gal fuel can and the 2 gal first aid/survival can just cause I like being prepared, though I'm not sure it'd be necessary as I carry everything I need, minus fuel, in a day-pack whenever I'm in the woods. Any thoughts on the Rotopax? or other small fuel cans?
  11. Grew up around dirt and street bikes as a kid, then bought the devils dirt bike about 15 years ago and sold it off to buy a cruiser when I met my wife. I've rode friends quads off and on over the years camping and hunting but the funds always went to other projects instead of buying my own. Finally bought a '00 bayou 220 on Black Friday for a price I couldn't walk away from. Now waiting on parts to get it running so I can go play in the mountains before the snow gets too deep. lol As much as I'm glad to finally have my own quad for a change, come warmer weather I'll probably still be out on my cruiser most of the time. Hell, my truck barely gets used 6 months out of the year! hahaha
  12. Well, I got it cranking over! Went to AutoZone and they were able to cross the OE relay ($40 on amazon) to Duralast part #19829 for $11.99. HOWEVER, turns out it's corroded wiring connections in the starter switch. Gonna go ahead and keep the new relay in it and keep the old one as an emergency backup. As far as washing all the grime off, I cleaned the exterior,the tool compartment (still has the factory tools and pouch), the battery compartment, and the entire seat. Lots of dirt, leaves and countless spiders; almost considered burning it over that last one. I also pulled and cleaned the fuel tank cover, front fender cover and handle bar cover. Eventually, I'd like to pull the rest of the body off and clean the undersides of all that, as well as power wash the engine and chassis. But that's later down the road.. when it's warmer. lol I do plan on going through much of the wiring to check for damage and wear, as well as check, clean and grease as many of the connections as I can. I do plan on putting some brighter lights on it, and possibly converting the existing ones to LED.
  13. @Frank Angerano Thanks. I ordered a new kit w/ jets this morning so it'll be a week before I get into that. Will have to look into the throttle cable a little more to see what's up there; or may just order a new one. lol Did give it a good bath earlier and she don't look half bad (will have to get some more pics uploaded). Also did a little electrical chasing cause it's 'No Start/Crank' right now. Think it might be a bad relay, but had to run some errands and haven't made it back out to the garage to mess with it.
  14. So I bought a Bayou 220 as me 'Black Friday' score, and was informed it has carb issues.. A little history from the previous owner: they suspected the carb was bad as it was 'running like crap' so they did a rebuid kit on it. Didn't fix issue so they took it to a shop where the tech installed an aftermarket(?) carb, but had to modify the throttle cable to get it to work. Quad ran great at 1/4 throttle, but anything above that and the throttle would stick and the machine would run like garbage again. What I know and think: I hear carb issues are common and fairly easy to fix. Also, I think they used the 'universal' rebuild kit that claims '88-'11, but the jets and such were different from '00-'03 (gaskets, etc. appear to be the same) so their original attempt was a good idea, just not good enough. They did give me the original carburetor with the 4-wheeler, but it has the wrong internals. I'm thinking if I can get the right jets, springs, etc for the rebuild, I should be able to get this thing running right. Of course, I still need to charge the battery back up, change all the fluids, replace fuel lines, plug and wire.. ya know, the basics for a machine that's been sitting for roughly 9 months. lol
  15. lol I pretty much joined for the same reason; to 'unlock cheat codes' for a Kawasaki. Picked mine up on the cheap due to carb problems, but it's also sat for 9 months and the battery needs charged. As a former auto mechanic myself, I'm pretty sure I know how to fix it, but was hoping to score a service manual before I tear into it. Good luck on your project; looks like you're on the right path. I'd be checking the coil first as well.

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