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Bike Doesn't start after taking it apart.

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OK the bike was running ok. The problem I had was/is the choke would close all the way during long drives or short quick throttle burst. So after it closed when I come to a stop the bike would die unless I opened the choke or applied some throttle.

My Goal was to adjust the A/F screw, however not know where the screw was I pulled the bike apart assuming it was on the carb, which it is. I did not know that there was an adjusting screw down at the bottom of the air filter housing.

steps of what I did (remember bike ran before this)

Removed Seat
Removed Gas Tank (Petcock off)
removed air filter cover (saw fuel and oil in there. is that a concern?)
Removed air filter
Removed back of air filter housing from carb

No Adjustments made Re-assemble now

Attached the 2 air hoses at the bottom of the back of the air filter housing
Attached the back of the air filter housing to the carb (Carb looks like it could use a new o-ring)
put air filter back in
put the rubber gasket back in the air filter housing put cover back on
Put on gas tank
Attached electric from gas tank
put hose back in place at rear right of tank (if looking from the top of tank)
Put fuel line back on petcock and turn on petcock
Started bike

The bike ran very low idle for a few minutes then died. Now it won't start. does not seem to be getting fuel so I pulled the air filter to look at the carb I could smell the fuel could not see it spray though. (thought I would)
Put air filter back on.

now bike won't turn over like the battery is dead.

I am think about trying to jump the bike to see if it starts.

Does anyone have suggestion of what I can loook at or for?
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line on right rear of tank oppisite petcock!!!!!!!!!!! normally have to raise rear of tank next to seat to connect; without it NO fuel flow
plus "choke" enricher is suppose to close as you described, if A/F mixture is right you should never need to pull it out, if you do will soon foul plugs
This is an 06' and yes that vacuum hose on the petcock disconnected and I didn't even see it. connected it and the bike started up. had to pull the choke out though and it sputter giving it gas. Going to check plugs re-gap if needed then try adjusting the A/F screw, which doesn't look easy
A/F all the way in GENTLY then out 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 turns. 3 twist of the throttle, NO CHOKE, should start an run if idle is set properly

PS may sputter for a few seconds, feather the throttle for 15-20 seconds should be the most needed
You guys beat me to it; yes, what they said... 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 and 800-900 rpms, never touch the choke again.
agree on the low idle, the VTX idles high, around 900 RPM; if it sounds high it is probably right, any lower and it will stall.
See Q_Ball, like all find, stick with the guys here and you will work out the bugs and for the carb adjust Charlie D is the man!!
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