I was going through some invoices for parts bought in the last couple of years and thought I might share some info. When I bought my bike new, it started like most stock XR's. If you own one you know what I mean. Anyhow, after being fed up with inconsistant starting I got a Carb Mod Kit from Baja Designs for it and once installed have been a happy boy ever since. To fire it up, I turn on the gas, put the choke all the way on, DON'T TOUCH THE THROTTLE, press the kill button and hold the decompression lever in, kick it through 6 to 10 times, then I take my thumb off of the kill button and let go of the decompression lever, get the kickstarter to the top of the compression stroke and STILL NOT TOUCHING THE THROTTLE, kick it through smoothly. 99% of the time, it lights up on the firstkick:thumbsup: I then put the choke in the middle position once it's started, go put on my helmet, gloves and goggles, turn off the choke, and roar(putt) off into the sunset. Something else I do when I'm done riding for the day is turn off the gas while the bike is still running and let it run until it dies. Then, if I don't ride that bike again for awhile, there's no gas left in the carb to evaporate and gum things up. I've used this proceedure for a couple of years now and always have consistant starting and no problems/cursing/cussing/frustration whatsoever. If you have a method that works for you with similar results and don't care for the way I do it stay with your method. By the way, the Carb Mod Kit is part # 15-1003. When I bought it, it cost $26.15 and that was for the main, and pilot jet, and a different needle and clip. When you call them to order it they ask you if you have a California or 49 state bike and what modifications have been done to the engine and exhaust as well as the elevation that you usually ride at. For me this was one of the most satisfying and cheapest mods that can be done to a machine. Baja Designs can be reached at (760)560-BAJA:confused: That's 2252. I hope this helps some of you like it did me.