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post #1 of 6 Old 04-18-2013, 07:06 AM Thread Starter
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my bike fell over and now the gas wont quit when the bike is running just floods out.not much of a mechanic yet any thoughts would be appreciated.its a 2009 klr
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-18-2013, 07:28 AM
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You need to take the carb off and take the float bowl off and check the float needle valve. It has either come loose or got some crud stuck to it. You can rotake the carb to get to the same area but you first must take out the choke plunger so you do not break the plastic tabs on the fitting. It is possible to loosen the cable somewhat with it attached but 9 times out of 10 people still damage the platic fitting tabs. I would take the whole carb off and inspect it and do a simple cleaning of it while it's out. You can then see what has been done to it and unplug the pilot jet and set it to where it needs to be. do the 22 cent mod or KLX needle up grade and drill the slider......all very simple things....no real experience needed to get these things dealt with. If you run into any problems just ask and we will be here to help. You need a philips screw driver, a long needle nose pair of pliers or a 12mm wrench to get the plastic choke fitting off the carb. The philips screw driver will loosen the carb boot clamps and also remover the small screw from the side that holds the throttle cables in place......then it's a simple prying job to get the carb off, be carefull as you go as not to tear one of the boots but they are pretty strong. Use the plilips screwdriver to start the boot off and onto the carb as it hasn't a sharp edge like a flat screwdriver has which will cut or tear the boots.

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my bike fell over and now the gas wont quit when the bike is running just floods out.not much of a mechanic yet any thoughts would be appreciated.its a 2009 klr
Sometimes, epo, the float valve will STICK in the OPEN position, allowing fuel to flow freely into the float bowl to the point of overflow.

This condition can be rectified, sometimes, by a SHARP BLOW on the carburetor. The impact frees the float valve hinge mechanism, and allows the float valve to stop the flow of fuel, and to meter the fuel thereafter to the correct float level.

Technique: With bike upright, place a "transfer bar" (i.e., piece of wood, screwdriver, large bolt, etc.) in contact with the top of the carb casting at some point. STRIKE the transfer bar, sharply, but not with sufficient force to disintegrate the casting. Try this several times, and observe whether the unwanted flow of fuel has stopped.

If lucky, you may loosen the float valve, which should function properly . . . until, perhaps, the NEXT time you drop you bike!

I would personally try this trick first, before I embarked upon a "carbectomy" with exploratory surgery, and customized modification of the carb.
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my bike fell over and now the gas wont quit when the bike is running just floods out.not much of a mechanic yet any thoughts would be appreciated.its a 2009 klr

Welcome epo!

The float could be stuck like the others have mentioned. Rap on the float bowl with the handle of a screwdiver.

Another possibility if your bike has the smog stuff on it... there's a charcoal cannister that fills up with gas if the bike has been on it's side. It's a small round black thing, hoses into the top and bottom located left side obscuring the shock. The bike will eventually suck all the gas out of it but until that happens things will be weird. Might be causing the carb to overflow.

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thanks for taking time to help me out.i tried rapping the carb it did not work so I ended up taking it off and cleaning it not as hard as I thought.it runs good now.thanks again
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You're welcome....always better to do it right the first time. IMHO.

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