fuel leak / over flow

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by two banger, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. two banger

    two banger New Member

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    Hi guys
    I have my friends 2000 ,1200 sportster in my shop, and it leaks fuel out the over flow only when its at an idle. If you speed up the rpm just a bit the leak stops. I cleanded the carb , lifted the float needle valve hight , nothing seems to make a diff. The bike runs great . Any help would be great.
    Thanks
     
  2. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Drop the float pin out and remove the float and clean or replace the needle in the inlet valve that the float lifts. Something either stuck in there or it's bad.
     
  3. two banger

    two banger New Member

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    I have that float needle out right now and its clean, looks brand new. I was thinking on replacing it. But if it was dirty would it not leak if the bike was shut off ? It only leaks at an idle. On a fast idle ( a bit on the hi side) it doest leak. Thats whats ticking me off.
     
  4. STEVE07

    STEVE07 Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderators

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    The needle can have a slight indent in it,allowing fuel past the seat at an idle
     
  5. two banger

    two banger New Member

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    thanks guys . I will start with a new float needle and let you know.
     
  6. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Run some gas through the line by opening the petcock when it's apart to flush it out.
     
  7. Shifter

    Shifter Active Member

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    Not to second guess you, but are you sure you went the right way on the float setting? Maybe I'm just reading this wrong, but it sounds like you raised the fuel level in the carb...

    Never mind, "I see, said the blind man!"
     
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  8. two banger

    two banger New Member

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    I installed the new float needle on saturday, and bent the float tab back and all is well. No leaks and it runs great.
    Thanks again.
     
  9. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    The rubber coating on the tip of the needle does deteriorate after a number of years and is a common cause of carb float bowls overflowing
    its a well known problem om BMW r series bikes with bing carbs

    Brian
     
  10. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Glad you got it fixed. :D