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    Hello all,
    I have a 04 or 05 road star 1700 with 10k miles. The bike is my dads.. anyway it was sitting for the past two years and would not run. I decided to pull it out the other day and get it running. I pulled the air filter and could tell the carb was filthy and gummed up. I decided to give a carb cleaning a shot. I am not very familiar with the intricacies of the needles, jets and float etc.... I pulled the carb and removed all the jets and needles and gave it a good cleaning. I made sure I put everything back the way i found it. I also pulled the float out.
    Good news and bad news. Good news is the bike now runs but has to have a little choke to stay idled. I actually drove it up and down the road and it seemed to actually run good al things considered. But the bad news is the fuel is pouring from the nipple thing at the bottom of the bowl. Like the bowl is overflowing and pouring out. When I first started the bike it was a steady drop but after I came back from the ride it was a steady stream. I have read this may be the float sticking? How do I troubleshoot this issue/ adjust the float? Click image for larger version

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  • #2
    Float stuck down and/or float needle and seat leaking or debris. Did you clean the tank, fuel pump and fuel lines also? Need to run Seafoam through it. After two years, you’ve got ethanol gel and possibly rust in the entire system, not just the carb.

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    • #3
      If it's coming out that little bent brass tube, that's the float bowl drain. Tighten the little screw at it's base.

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      • #4
        Yup bowl drain bolt...righty tighty on that one.

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        • #5
          Wow, I really hope it is just the drain bolt, and I just didn't tighten it well. I will check it this weekend. Thank You

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          • #6
            Just don't tighten it too tight. There have been more than a few float bowls cracked from over tightening.
            Scott B.

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            • #7
              Well pulled the carb and I apparently did not tighten the drain bolt. It is now GONE. Can someone point me in the direction of where I can get a new one, or can I go to the hardware store and get one ?

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              • #8
                It's a special kind of screw, you can order one online. It's #5 in the diagram: 4KP-14191-00-00

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