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Air box and crank case fuel flooding problem happened before, thinking it was stuck or worn float needles; I installed 2 Carb float needles left side facing rear of carbs , all larger main jets, all slide needles. Plugged vacuum hoses going to pollution control. Adjusted air screws accordingly. Bike ran very strong and crisp, for about 2 or 3 10 mile rides. Bike sat for about a month. When I started bike it idled poorly, gas drain hose filled quickly and oil inspection window indicated crankcase full of fuel again. when I pulled tank petcock did not leak any fuel. I am thinking of re connecting vacuum hose and draining carbs, and give it one more chance before pulling carbs again, yes I use Stabil. Any suggestions will be appreciated!

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Well there only one way the fuel can get into the crankcase and that's from the fuel tank. The petcock must be draining and the float needles are not stopping the fuel flow. Do you have a prime position on the petcock? If so do not run the bike in the position. Try topping the tank off with gas and letting it sit for a while and see is the gas has gone down and then check the crankcase and see if there's fuel in it again. i still say its got to be your petcock.

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Well heck lol i had same problem with my 400 ex it was the carb the float was sticking over flowing carb it went in crank case and breather box need clean the carbs maybe change the float or neadle valve

Posted on Oct 14, 2009

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    Allen has it right! ;). The inlet needle isn't seating allowing fuel to go through carbs filling crank. U may have put the floats in upside down during replacement or something similar . I suggest reinspection of the work

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