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Gas pouring out of carb into air box

Bike ran fine. Loaded it on trl when tried to re-start flooded, barely ran.
gas was pouring out of air box. Got filter dryed out. All gas cleaned out of box. As soon as I turn gas on it pours into air box. When turn off gas
it will crank and run until uses existing gas in carb. Seems like float is stuck?

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Sounds like it take bottom of carb off and see if needle is stuck

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2000 hd fb keeps back firing and wont stay on unless choke is kept atleast a quater the way open

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