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Is it nomal to use gasket sealer on the float bowl gasket? I opened up my carb for the first time (I have had the bike about 1 month) to do some cleaning, and found gasket goop.



I didn't notice any of the gaskets looking like this in the carb cleaning threads.



 

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Is it nomal to use gasket sealer on the float bowl gasket? I opened up my carb for the first time (I have had the bike about 1 month) to do some cleaning, and found gasket goop.



I didn't notice any of the gaskets looking like this in the carb cleaning threads.





Nope, not normal. If it's leaking, get a new gasket.
 

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No. it isn't normal, nor is it a real good idea, as the goop frags will eventually find their way into a fuel passage. It more likely was`a quick field repair or someone's attempt to avoid buying a new gasket since they were selling the bike..
 

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Clean up the mess and install a new gasket, no goop.



Making a new gasket is really not an practical option since the stock gasket is more like a cross between a gasket and an o-ring than anything else.
 

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You're right about that particular gasket. I made all new ones for my bw the other day. There are certain gaskets that will have to be purchased, but not all of them. It just depends...
 

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I have better things to do with my time than sit around making $5 gaskets. You'll figure it out once you have a grandchild.
 

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You may be right. I dont have any kids and riding and working on my bikes is my hobby. My perspective may change when I get married and have kids... but we'll see
 

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You may be right. I dont have any kids and riding and working on my bikes is my hobby. My perspective may change when I get married and have kids... but we'll see
You get a warm feeling when you make something with your own two hands and it works the way you intended. You can also pass that knowledge down to your kids. You don't want to lose that. Mind you I don't know how you would make one of those finicky little carb bowl gaskets.
 

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My 6-year old grandson already knows how to make gaskets. He's done a few. He's been banging dents since he was three, and knows how to skim filler and work lead the old fashioned way. He painted a pedal car for pay a couple months ago. Pass those skills on--quality time.
 

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never ever expose your gasket to carb cleaner when cleaning. Replace it with the proper gasket forget about making your own. Use a brass brush cleaning that crap out of the bowl too.
 

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My 6-year old grandson already knows how to make gaskets. He's done a few. He's been banging dents since he was three, and knows how to skim filler and work lead the old fashioned way. He painted a pedal car for pay a couple months ago. Pass those skills on--quality time.
I'll bet that most of his know how is thanks to Grandpa.
 

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I'll bet that most of his know how is thanks to Grandpa.
So far a team effort. Great-grandpa is a retired A&P tech and pilot. Grampa built GP and flat-track engines back in the '70s, then drag and truck/tractor pull engines in the '80s before developing allergies to exposure to petroleum products. Uncle is a Wyo Tech grad--welding, collision repair, auto refinishing, auto fabrication. Mom built an '86 'Stang LX ragtop with a Windsor 408, T56, 9-inch, GT suspension, Hotchkiss hollows, BellTech springs, polyurethane bushings, Koni struts, Cobra discs, 10-point cage, tower braces. Daddy can mess up an anvil with a limp slice of cheese, so somebody has to be around to fix his screw-ups.
 

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I used an o-ring for the gasket on the float bowl. The trick was to put a little bit of tack in the groove, place the o-ring in it , turn it upside down on something flat with a small weight on it and let it sit /set. It works great! For $5.95 you can have a life's time supply of gaskets on hand and no waiting for mail order to arrive. One last thing, once you have the correct size o-ring write down the size so you won't forget it and can share it with others.



Enjoy your 6 year old grandson. In 10 years he will be 16 and be very busy.
 

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I used an o-ring for the gasket on the float bowl. The trick was to put a little bit of tack in the groove, place the o-ring in it , turn it upside down on something flat with a small weight on it and let it sit /set. It works great! For $5.95 you can have a life's time supply of gaskets on hand and no waiting for mail order to arrive. One last thing, once you have the correct size o-ring write down the size so you won't forget it and can share it with others.



Enjoy your 6 year old grandson. In 10 years he will be 16 and be very busy.




The o-ring idea is good! Make sure you spec a material resistant to gasoline AND ethanol.



I'm worried about my grandson. This morning I asked what he wanted for Christmas and all he wants is a violin.
I wouldn't be so worried if he had asked for a fiddle.
 

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He already has a tackle box, a rifle, a shotgun, a motorcycle, and an ATV. You wouldn't say that too his face but once.
 

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Lol. Being related to you, I wouldnt say it to his face at all! Just thought it would be funny to use that word since it also means "strange"
 
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