The legend of the dogfood bike continues! Just helped my friend uncork his 2001 XR650R and install a Trick DS kit. Used a 175, HRC needle at 4th pos. and HRC needle clip, 68 (not s) pilot, drilled baffle. Also trashed the smog stuff with an Applied blockoff kit. Anyway, started it up, and the bike ran horribly, where it would only start with the choke on, and wouldn't idle (had to keep blipping the throttle to keep it alive). Then after warmup, it would want to die when ridden on the street, and the second the choke was turned off, the engine would quit. Searched old posts, and didn't see anyone with problems this bad. Could it be the needle is in the 4th pos, not third? Also, the wierdest thing was that the bike would only start with the pilot screw at 2 turns or less, which doesn't seem to make sense if it runs better (if at all) with the choke on. We are at sea level, in the desert (70 degrees). On a side note, the TDS kit wasn't working either. Wonder if bad wiring on our part could be affecting the bike?