2005 500 HO carb problems=wits' end
New here so give me a break and don't get too technical, please.
My 05 Sportsman 500 HO stalled out last October and would only run enough to get back to the barn by holding the choke open. I'm short on funds so didn't take the machine to the shop but asked the shop foreman who I've known for years about the problem. Before I'd listed all the symptoms, he called it a bad cam and said it took at least $800 to fix. Earlier this month, I came up with all the parts to replace the cam and associated parts. It wasn't that difficult for an old farmer but that didn't fix the problem. Looked inside the carb and the long jet rod thingy was broken off and just sitting in the hole in the bottom of the carb. Another parts order and I got the rod,2 plastic pieces, and a tiny E-clip. Put those in yesterday. It runs but has a stutter up to about 3000rpm and bogs slightly when revved from idle. I'm open for any suggestions.