Is there anyone in the Denver area that can figure out my bike? I will pay you. I'm so fed up. Two questions for anyone who has the knowledge: 1) Why won't my bike idle? 2) Do I need new rings? I am losing compression as I am able to kick through without having to use the release. Ever since I YZ timed my bike a couple of years ago, it really never has idled well at all. It always had to be turned in (slide up) and it still wouldn't idle when stopped. Well today I pulled the carb and removed the octopus. I changed out the pilot air to 100 and the starter to 65 per Clarkes instructions. Plugged up what you are supposed to and cleaned it all out. I have an EKQ #3, 160 main, 40 pilot and screw out 3/4 to 1 1/4. It took forever to get the bike started. With the choke on, it warms up fine. It will start reving quite a bit and then I turn the choke off. The bike runs a little and then dies. Like it always has. Everything is on the carb correclty according to the book and microfiche pictures. Then today, as I was kicking my ass off, it started to kick through with no resistance. I was able to use my hand to push it down. I did notice the bolt on the kick starter was loose and I tightened that down. That seemed to help a little but I'm wondering if I need new rings or is my kick starter stripping. As I said, if anyone in CO wants to do a good deed, I would gladly pay you. I at my wits end. I remember the good old days when all I would do to bikes is change the oil. Never had any problems with them. Only when I started learing to work on them am I having these problems.