Float installation


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arseatea
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Float installation

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Going with the hypothesis that there are no dumb questions or comments. When taking my 83 GL1100I carb floats out, it appears they're upside down. All small engine carbs that I have worked on, in the running position, the float pillows fit down into the float bowl with the tang on top. These are just the opposite. Do you find this a strange engineering concept? I checked a parts schematic, and it appears that they were installed correctly, and of course, it did run with no apparent problems. I also looked on Youtube and only found one where you can actually see the float being removed, and it appears that they were installed correctly. What say you?


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Re: Float installation

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I say that the floats can be put in upside down.Don't ask how I know.But if not readjusted the carbs will flood.
The tang sets below the pivot rod and needle cushion pin.
They must be square,level and precisely set.
This is the best picture I can conger up.


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That's is a good pic and shows everything I need. Thanks
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I do not have that type of gasket and suppose that is from an different model.
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There are changes.This picture is to show placement of the float only.
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Shouldn't the tang be flush with the brass around it..and straight not bent/curved??
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In the std OEM situation the tang is curved....definitively.......
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+1 on the pics. Seems that it would take a bit of effort and readjusting to install them upside down. Regards, Johnny
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Great pics. Thanks...Ron
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Re: Float installation

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Like an iceberg. Fat part on the bottom. Be sure to check the screen and the needle valves. Blow those passages out real good. It sucks to get to the point your are cleaning the carbs and you have set the floats and it still leaks when you get the carbs back on the bike. Plus the very real possibility that they are not set right and leaks gas into the the combustion chambers and causes a vapor lock.

Just be sure to turn off the petcock when you are not riding, even if you think the floats are set perfectly. I really hate carburetors, but too cheap to buy a new bike with FI.
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.........Enclosed pictures of optional (re)checking the actual fuel level height (see fluid level in plastic tubes) of the 4 chambers after that the float heights were set...
With this set-up you also can check whether the float-needles are closing the fuel feed or are leaking; if so than rising of the level in the plastic tube(s) is observed...

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