Lawn Mower Honda Remote Air Snorkel kit L1245 P06 030 for GSV-190 - trouble

Any Small engine guru's out here.
Being in the land down under - Australia the lawn is a tad dry and dusty at the moment, so I thought it would be wise to invest in a remote air kit to draw fresher air.
(It's a Honda 21" HRU217D Buffalo Bull Muching mower fitted with x2 low lift & x2 highlift swing blades). It does a fanatastic mulching job on the new local breed of "sir water" buffalo summer grass. The grass is coping well with the water restrictions at the moment.
Back to the topic: The idea was I would spend less time / money on airfilter maintence and replacement and more on the garden........
So my mowers which ran spot on was in for the above accessory & the carburettor had to be re jeted to a larger one a number# 72Jet. - Well thats 20% increase in rich mixture size from a #68! Instructions to only refit main filter, not pre filter or spacer as there is another filter at the top of the snorkel - hence double filtration.
Well when up to operating temperture it nearly stalled under load at full speed, Accelerated with black smoke and back fire slowing back to idle. The spark plug said it all - completely sooted up. Had to change it back to the stock #68 myself so I could finish mowing - still stuttered a bit at full speed and backfire on slowing down.
So went shopping and got a #65 lean jet for those 1000Ft altitude contions I was experiencing at near sea level. It ran a lot better but still had a trace of stumble at high speed and very small back fire on slowing. The EPA sealed idle mixture screw has a reasonably wide sweet spot, where as the main jet size is very critical.
In the end it all went back to the standard#68 Jet & standard aircleaner & it was perfect again.
Question is why would the local Honda Manufacturer get it so wrong with the jet sizes? Ie why did they fit a jet x2 sizes richer when it appears it should be x2 sizes leaner.
So practically a small engine with a long air intake requires a lean jet and theoretically speaking one with no intake of filter would require a richer one am I on the right path ?
Any way it's got me so worried as running an air cooled engine too lean can damage it I reverted back to the standard set up which is really perfect - the standard air cleaner setup. The other thing is you loose 3.5% HP's for every 1000Ft elevation. So two jet sizes down is 7% less power to run a remote airfilter - negating their claim of no power loss ? It's seems to me the Japanese have done an excellent job, while locally in OZ the accessory department blew it completly with their factory accesory calibration. It may be a case of the marketing deparment insiting on accessory that wasn't feasable for this configuration - I can only speculate.
Anyway at least the grass looks nice now that it's cut.
All the best
Martin
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snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com wrote:

Only Honda can answer that definitively. The rest of us can only guess. I will speculate that the remote air filter kit is for several different engines and Honda neglected to include the correct jets for each of them.

More filtration that results in a higher vacuum will in turn require a leaner mix.
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Art wrote:

I believe your right as I just did a quick intake area calculation and the remote kit has 23% less air 1" inlet plus the extra tubing and filter vs @.335"x3" slot - then it would have to leaner for shure - as the intake would be acting like a dirty air filter causing it to run rich. Hence overich at high speeds.
I guess Honda Australia have gone the wrong way, the other engines in this model range are smaller so #72 is a really big jet. Suprised the dealers haven't complained a lot. On the remote air cover the standard slot is just blocked off with a self adhesive item, should it come loose the engine will go lean mixture really quick.
You used to be able to rely on genuine accesories but I guess they have gone the modern way just like everthing else - no real thougher testing, just bean counting.
The funning thing our local hardware store is now selling premium gardening tools and they are the old fashioned ones - or copies of built the old way. So you can still get quality at price, but they are really built.
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