Well life did its best to stand in the way, but alas I managed to get it all together after all. Took it for a spin around the neighborhood tonight and must say it's running quite a bit better... looking forward to getting out on some dirt.
New throttle cables
Carb refresh, plus JD jet kit set to 6000-9000' (red needle 4th slot 168 main), red fuel screw upgrade, o-ring mod
new oil, new filters
rebuilt front forks- including new springs that are heavier than stock but lighter than the "heavies" I had originally.
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