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Carbies willn't set float level,right floods,left sets to low

Carby floats don't set.Removed several times & adjusted the floats. It doesn't change the fuel level in the carby bowl. Checking this by fuel tube level guage. Right carby keeps flooding. Left carby keeps reading low. Have replaced the needles & seats. Have checked the floats not jamming & floating in fuel.Have cleaned the carbys & used a air compressor to blow through the airways in the carbys

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  • 380nut Apr 23, 2009

    I have exactly the same problem on a 1986 Honda CB350s, but the left carb runs rich, right is ok. Waiting on a manual in the post in case there is anything I've overlooked.

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    zzr 250 91 model fuel blowing back through carbies wont start

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I don't know if its any help but I've fixed my Honda with similar problem. It turns out I reassembled the rich carbys air cut off valve incorrectly. Have you checked yours? I'm wondering if the cut off valves somehow affect the other parts of the carbys. Mine is running sweet now.

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