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post #1 of 5 Old 10-29-2007, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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carb problems

Hey, guys, i need your help! I dropped/ laid over gently my bike this weekend on an incline, the bike was running on its side for about 5 secs before i could shut it off. I had just crested a hill, so when it went over on its side the front end was lower than the rear (in case it matters). After picking it up, which was not easy, I rolled it to the bottom of the hill and tried to get it started, it was flooded so I let it set for a while and finally got it running, but then noticed it was flooding and fuel was running out the clear over flow tube, i tapped on the fuel bowl, thinking maybe the float was stuck, still no luck, so i shut the fuel off at the petcock , drained the fuel bowl a little and it started. I limped it home, 20 miles, by alternating between fuel in off position until it started to sputter, then fuel on until it started to flood. It ran fine other than having to switch back and forth. I took off the fuel bowl, after getting home, adn the float seems to be functioning correctly, so I am wondering if any of you have experienced soemthing similar and know what I need to do to cure this problem. Thanks in advance, Jake
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-29-2007, 11:29 AM
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An easy way to get it started after dropping it, is to twist it wide open and crank... it will start shortly after.

It sounded like the float was stuck. How's it run now?

I never had a problem like that after droping it... many...many times.

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post #3 of 5 Old 10-29-2007, 11:30 AM
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When I've had an issue like this, it's generally a bit of something (dirt) that's in the needle and causing the float to not be able to go to it's completely closed position.

Laying on it's side allows heavy crap in the bowl to get off the bottom and get into areas it shouldn't get into..

I'd pop the bowl off and maybe unscrew the main jet (carefully) and check for any crap in it. Also lift the float up and down a few times, with the gas on to flush anything out of that area. Again, since you'll have open fuel, but very careful. I'd rather you didn't burn up your bike, yourself, house, etc..

I'm betting you've just got something stuck that's not allowing the fuel to completely shut off with the float.
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-29-2007, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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sorry guys, I guess I wasnt very clear about the problems, I did remove the needle form the seat, checked the float, ect, nothing is wrong as far as I can tell, I was wondering what else could cause the flooding, the weird part of the problem is it only overflows with the bike running. I spoke to the previous owner (Ive owned it for a coupla months/ 1000 miles). He said it had done this to him oince or twice too.
so #1 overflows thru clear tube only with engine running
#2 runs fine if I control fuel flow with petcock on/off
#3 float seems to be operating correctly
#4 was fine until I dropped it, front end lower than rear
Thanks again
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-31-2016, 04:32 PM
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I recently bought a Police Auction (DWI) impounded '03 KLR650 was parked outside 2 yrs 2 mos. After cleaning tank, carb, & replacing peacock value , ... It's starts easily & idles fine , Butt, will Not rev over 1800 rpm (Dies) immediately .... Help !!!
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