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I just bought a 2006 fx cruiser with 41 hours and have a couple of questions. When I was cleaning it today I noticed a strong fuel smell in the storage compartment in the bow and in the storage compatment under the rear seat. I last rode it Sunday. Is this normal?

Also, it starts right up but seems to have a somewhat loud, rough idle. I have never owned a four stroke before so, again, not sure if this is typical. Thanks in advance for any thoughts.
 

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Not unusual to smell gas just after you pull off the seats where the tank sits.

These engines do idle somewhat rough.........many also have a rattle that is noticable at idle. If you are hitting close to 10000 rpms at WOT, you are probably OK.

This motor tends to foul spark plugs easily, so a new set is no a bad idea.
 

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Here is a video with an FX 140 with the rattle. If yours sounds like this it is normal.
 
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