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04 meanstreak with cobra fi2000 issues

Long story short my bike was popping around and backfiring on decel so I decided to purchase the cobra fi2000. After install the bike runs much worse. Seems like the idle is really high and blowing black smoke out the exhaust let alone the even worse popping and backfiring. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Well, obviously at this point your bike seems to be running WAY rich -- either too much gas, too little air, or both. Is there a difference between "popping around" and "backfiring?"

My experience suggests that v-twins in general tend to backfire if you snap off the throttle -- probably inherent in the design to a certain extent, and maybe from the cam design as well. A rich mixture will make it happen more, since it's more likely you'll have still-burning and unburned fuel/air mixture being dumped into the tailpipes and BANG. If your backfiring was excessive before the change, it suggests something was wrong before you dropped in the fuel control thing. Maybe they sent you a unit with the wrong setup for your bike, or maybe it's doing just what it's supposed to do but something's wacky in your FI system.

Obvious first steps would be checking the air supply system, especially air filter, and, of course, removing the Cobra unit and testing.

Any other mods on the bike, especially intake or exhaust? Is the FI light on?

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Well, obviously at this point your bike seems to be running WAY rich -- either too much gas, too little air, or both. Is there a difference between "popping around" and "backfiring?"

My experience suggests that v-twins in general tend to backfire if you snap off the throttle -- probably inherent in the design to a certain extent, and maybe from the cam design as well. A rich mixture will make it happen more, since it's more likely you'll have still-burning and unburned fuel/air mixture being dumped into the tailpipes and BANG. If your backfiring was excessive before the change, it suggests something was wrong before you dropped in the fuel control thing. Maybe they sent you a unit with the wrong setup for your bike, or maybe it's doing just what it's supposed to do but something's wacky in your FI system.

Obvious first steps would be checking the air supply system, especially air filter, and, of course, removing the Cobra unit and testing.

Any other mods on the bike, especially intake or exhaust? Is the FI light on?
The bike has kuryakyn hypercharger and hard krome 3 inch pipes. The setup on the fuel module is correct according to the instructions which say they are for my bike. Since the install when I let off the throttle it seems to take a few seconds to respond and then the rpms drop and it backfires.

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