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Fuel leak help

PostAuthor: Curvemn17 » Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:06 pm

Ok I recently took on a 1987 Virago, does run and drive but has some issues. The main thing right now is fuel leaks in two places, Is hoping someone can suggest where to start so I can begin to fix this. I'll upload two photos of the spots where gas is coming from. The first one is the spring and lever. The second is im what to me seems like a plastic filter. I'm hoping it's just a simple flooding and this is leading to the leak. Thanks for the help.
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Re: Fuel leak help

PostAuthor: DGA » Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:36 pm

If you have fuel leaking from the throttle shaft, the entire motor will be full of fuel. Do not try to crank or start it until you drain the oil, rebuild the fuel petcock, rebuild the carbs, particular attention to the float needle and seats, which need to be new.
Also, see the throttle arm, there is some reason it is being held open that much, those carbs have had some really bad work and adjustment done on them I would say. Don't try to start it until the idle arms are touching the stops.
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Re: Fuel leak help

PostAuthor: Curvemn17 » Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:17 am

That would make sense. Thanks for the input DGA. I'll pull the carb this weekend. The whole bike had shoddy work done as it was rigged sketchily. I had to rewire it the last few days.

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