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    So out on a small cruise this morning and stopped for coffee, old man stopped to chat me up and kept telling me he smelled gas, I chalked it up to having just filled the tank. Get two blocks away and notice fuel pouring, really pouring from behind the air cleaner/ caburetor. I'm only a mile from the house, so cruise on back home, extra cautious like. After some cool down and some investigating, turns out the float drain screw shook itself loose. Maybe I didn't tighten if down enough when I cleaned and rebuild the carb last fall, but I'm shopping around trying to find that one little screw that's keeping me from riding. Any tips on best websites to shop from? When I rebuilt the carb I just ordered parts from ebay, but don't want to wait that long. And, once I get that screw replaced, think some RTV or teflon goup would be justifiable on the float drain screw?
    Ahimsa

  • #2
    Quickest way would be to take the carb off and go to your local hardware store. They'll have plenty of nuts and bolts in all sizes; just be sure to get stainless. They should also have a thread checker similar to the photo below. Should only cost you a few cents.


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    Last edited by Doc_V; 05-05-2018, 05:45 PM.

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    • #3
      This would be the first time for a bowl drain screw getting lost. Folks have lost the PMS screw.
      I think if you had snugged it properly. Tight but not to tight, it’d be fine. It also should of been leaking, long before it up and disappeared.

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      • #4
        Here’s the replacement and it doesn’t need any thread locker. Just tightened up to begin with.

        NEW Yamaha Carb Drain Plug 4KP-14191-00 YZFR1 FZ1 YZF1000 Road Royal Star XV1600 https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F222912755060

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bikerron View Post
          Here’s the replacement and it doesn’t need any thread locker. Just tightened up to begin with.

          NEW Yamaha Carb Drain Plug 4KP-14191-00 YZFR1 FZ1 YZF1000 Road Royal Star XV1600 https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F222912755060
          Oh wow, that's a special one, and at that price for a screw they sure are proud of it.

          Check with the dealer, they might have them in stock.

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          • #6
            The 660 Grizzly carb kit will have a new drain screw in the kit. The only difference is it takes a screw driver instead of a Allen wrench to tighten or remove. The kit is only $9.98 with free shipping on eBay. The kit also has a new float bowl gasket and a 3.0mm float needle valve that works in our Road Stars. Well worth the money.
            Duke.

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            • #7
              That has to be from china

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              • Duke
                Duke commented
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                They might be, but they are mailed from in the USA. I have used this for the float bowl gaskets and no problems.

            • #8
              ended up ordering a screw from Niche Cycle supply in St Petersburg FL, was $8 and some change after shipping. Was able to use a long screwdriver to reach through the engine and get it in and torque it down, rather than taken the carb off. had it up and running in ten minutes after the deliver.
              Ahimsa

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              • #9
                Good to here your back on the Road------------Star. Be safe, and watch out for the Idiots out there!
                Duke.

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