Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Holmes County, OH
2006 Wolverine 350 cutting out at heavy throttle
Hey all, I'm the new owner of a 2006 Wolverine 350. I've had it for about a month, and it just started giving me trouble when I open the throttle. At idle and up to about 3/4 throttle, it's great, but once I open it up, it starts sputtering and loosing power.
I've read a number of threads that point to various potential causes, most of them being in the carb. I want to run one theory by you all to see if anyone thinks it makes sense: Just before this started, I cleaned the air filter. The previous owner had used a premium foam filter oil - one of the blue colored mixes that is thick and sticky - like blue honey. It was very much dirty. Very much. I soaked it in my best solvent (aka gasoline) and oiled it with K&N's red oil, which is much lighter and not sticky at all.
I'm wondering if it's possible that either the factory jetting for the Wolverine is set up to use that heavy oil, or the previous owner may have adjusted the jetting to compensate for that oil, and so when I cleaned the filter and reinstalled it with a light oil, I'm bringing in a lot more air and making it run lean. Does that sound right to anyone?
I'm just looking for a quick fix on this one. I've got a day of hard riding coming up and I'm swamped at work until then. If I can't figure out a quick fix, I'm taking it to a shop - I don't have the time in the next couple weeks to sort out all the potential issues with the carb.
Anyone have any similar experience?
Thanks in advance!