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    I got in there to find that my float bowl drain screw is stripped. I went ahead and removed the four float bowl screws and the bottom remains firmly fixed. Do I need to remove the drain screw to remove the bottom or is it just fused on for some reason? Should I spray some WD-40 and pry at the bottom with a flat edge? Thanks.

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    If all 4 screws are out, tap on the float bowl lightly with something like the plastic handle of a screwdriver.



    Don't wail on it. Just keep tapping. You'll eventually see some daylight between the mating surfaces and with luck you may save the gasket if you resist the temptation to pull at the float bowl once it begins to loosen.



    It'll come off. May take a few minutes, particularly if some dink used silicone or gasket sealer on it in the past.



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    That worked, thanks!

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    OK I thought I'd check out the pilot screw and realized there is no screw there, just a silver disc with a small hole in it. (?)

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    Either the gasket was fried or someone used sealant cause there was some gunk on the outside of the seal.



    I'm hoping that was the problem, I can't figure out why my pilot screw isn't like in the tek picture.



    I called around and no one local has the float bowl gasket. Anyone know a source online?



    I searched at bike bandit and the schematics don't quite match the shape?



    http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmot...5209#sch527491

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    Quote Originally Posted by Avi Kwame View Post
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    I searched at bike bandit and the schematics don't quite match the shape?



    http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmot...5209#sch527491
    Part # 26 is the gasket for the 2001 and newer TK carb.



    If you find that the inside of your carb is gunked up badly, I would suggest a carb removal and thorough cleaning.



    Pilot screw location with plug:









    With plug removed:









    When you install the new gasket, make sure the flat side with the ridge is facing up... or you will have a leak.









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    Ah, thanks.

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    The flat washer+O-ring didn't come out when I removed the pilot screw and spring. I hope they are just stuck up there.



    Everything looks pretty clean, just some gunk around the seal. Should I spray carb cleaner up in there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Avi Kwame View Post
    The flat washer+O-ring didn't come out when I removed the pilot screw and spring. I hope they are just stuck up there.



    Everything looks pretty clean, just some gunk around the seal. Should I spray carb cleaner up in there?
    Use a flashlight to see if the washer and o-ring are there. You will need them or there will be an air leak.



    Yes, use the spray carb cleaner.



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    Great pics jbfla, they really help. Any idea what that plug is for? Once you take it out, do you try to replace it or just leave the pilot screw exposed?

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