I think that was the problem. I put it in the right way I believe now and it's running pretty good. it slowed down the throttle a good bit. but the wheel still spins when i have it up on blocks when i'm starting it. i think i noticed it will spin slow and then gradually speed up. tried messing with the throttle screw and got it as good as i think i could get it (even though i'm not sure how fast the wheel should be spinning while doing this..i'm guessing as slow as possible).
i think i also noticed the choke cable wasn't screwed into the carb very tightly i tightened that up and i think it started running a little better.
the only thing now is when i'm riding around and i stop for a few seconds it dies. like if i hit a stop sign and somebody walks in front of me (stupid pedestrians) and i have to stop for a little bit, it will die. i guess it's not idling correctly. then i have to kick start it a few times and get it going again. any idea what could cause this?