Float valve seals

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Float valve seals

Post by Brendan65 »

More investigating re my poorly running wing.
While checking to see if my float valves are sealing, I found that my cheap eBay valves are shorter than the ones I removed during the rebuild.
Also I think "cage" of the eBay ones are hitting the valve body before the tip seals the oriface.
Randaak mentions this (I didn;t figure it out on my own ! :D )

Will update the thread if I have any luck after I return all the valves to original.

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Re: Float valve seals

Post by LAB3 »

Back in the day I heard a great anecdote from an old timer. Aftermarket parts suppliers can't build something exactly to the same specs as an original part or they'd be violating patent laws, it has to be different from original. In my own experience when it comes to carb parts it pays to pony up the cash for the real thing, you might be OK with knock off gaskets and o-rings but when it comes to brass don't skimp.
I'm selling good clean fresh hay. If you want some that's already passed through the horse, that comes a little cheaper!

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