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    Default Smells like gas?

    New to the VTX fourm and just did not know why my oil smells like gas?

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    What year is your vtx?
    2004 VTX1800C

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    The early models it's usually the fuel pressure regulator FPR.
    Just scroll down throu the recent posting.
    Lots of gas smell posts.

    Do not ride it with gas in the crankcase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregory940 View Post
    What year is your vtx?
    2003

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    FPR = fuel pressure regulator . I have answered this question 3 times this morning by 3 different people must be 100 posts with this very question.


    all 2002 and 2003 have this problem.. and has since 2004...
    2005 VTX1800 "F" 2...... Silver Tribal .... 56,000, purchased Feb, 2005.

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    I just replaced mine. Biglarry on the California site has a good how to on it. Do yourself a favor and get most of the gas out of the tank or the return line on the fpr valve will make a big mess!
    2004 VTX1800C

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    Default FPR mania

    I have a feeling that the FPR is blamed too easily on this forum. Before deciding to buy a new one check if it is broken by the simple test of removing the vacuum tube and look for the presence of gas. If not the FPR is OK and a replacement is NOT necessary. There maybe several other reasons why a bike is running rich. Oil that smells like gas but without an increase in the volume is not caused by a bad FPR but can also be the result of a low Air/Fuel ratio. If we all start with replacing the FPR for no reason very soon their won't be any left for the people that really need one.
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    I should tell you all about her. She has not been rode for about 3 years or so. And before that not much at all. I am buying it from my Father. I will start riding her next spring. She has cobra straight pipes with baffles that I will remove, cobra fule processer or whatever they call it for fule injected. K&N air filter inside the original air filter housing. I would ride her now, but I can not give up my beloved 2002 yamaha roadstar(Horney Girl). She is just broke in at a mere 129,000. Just wonder how the two bikes compare. He also has a service manual for her. By the way the VTX only has 5,000 on her.

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    As of now I know very little about the VTX. Where is the fpr located at? I will change the engine oil, gear oil, brake fluid, what ever is in the clutch lines. What elese sould I do to her before I start riding her. Should I change the water as well?

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    Tires, coolant, gas, brake&clutch fluid, battery, air filter

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