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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-12-2019, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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Leaking Choke/Idle

Good morning all!!

I was hoping you could enlighten me with your wisdom (as I have none) to the following issues I'm having:

1. What does it mean when I pull the choke out and I get a 3-4 drops of fuel coming out? Also, the choke wants to go back in so I have to hold it out.

- Is there a gasket I need to replace? Springs I need to replace? I read that I might have to tighten the nut behind the choke.

2. I installed a tachometer a while back and I noticed that she idled high (1000 rpm's) once she was warmed up, I lowered the RPM's to about 900 and she ran great but when I went to start it the next couple of times it was too low and she would turn off.. I adjusted it up and she started right up but idles a bit high

- Is there an ideal setting for the RPM's?

Thanks in advance!!!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-12-2019, 11:31 AM
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Where the choke knob comes out of the bracket, a rubber cover is over the friction nut. You can loosen it to slam shut or tighten it to where you have to manually close it.

Mine is a manual close. I pull it completely out, crank engine, than push it in a bit to have a decent rpm. Put helmet and gloves on. Make a left, right, left and close choke when I shift to 3rd(summer), or 4th in the winter. Probably within 3/10 of a mile.

3 or 4 drops of gas.... Check petcock or tighten nut. Gas could be leaking and running that direction from lean angle.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-14-2019, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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Good Morning!

I wanted to get back to everyone and say thanks as I solved one issue:

The idle issue was solved by tightening the the nut behind the choke. The choke stays out as long as needed with no auto return!!

On further and closer inspection, the fuel leak occurs upon hitting the starter button and seems to come from the back of the petcock. How tight should the petcock assembly be as there is a tiny bit of play (left/right) ? Is there a gasket there that needs to be replaced?

Thanks again,

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-14-2019, 04:37 PM
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Large nut on petcock just gets snugged down , not real tight. There is oring there that seals pet cock to tank .eo
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