Fuel shut off valve

gphil

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You remember the saying, slow boat from China? I ordered a valve on the 22nd of this month and I checked today to see where it is. It is actually en route from China. I cannot believe it . So question is, will one work from a lawn mower shop, auto parts house or are the built differently. I took the old one apart and it is built like I would not have guessed. Has a little horseshoe area where the fuel runs. I would have thought it would have been just a straight pass with a ball or something. No problem I was just wondering if that was a must for these china girls. . . Right now do not know why the fuel was running slowly out of the tank to the point the eng would starve. Got a new tank, line and no valve so waiting. Thanks, guys give a clue for a different valve. gphil
 

Chaz

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All the petcock has to do is allow fuel to flow and allow fuel to be shut off. Any petcock you can fit (safely) on will work. I wonder if your new tank is not breathing properly creating a vacuum so the fuel doesn't flow well. Did you have the issue before the new tank?
 

gphil

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This was the old tank. Bike had been stolen and left in a watery ditch so I sort of thought rust and stuff would happen. Ran for a while then started the problem. I tried opening the cap etc and no good. So new carb, tank, and petcock. I have heard there was a filter in the port coming from the tank but I don't see one. I was thinking like you about the valve but when taking it apart found the little chamber and thinking it needed that. Looking for another. Appreciate the response. Thanks gphil
 

gphil

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I see the problem already. That little filter, not on mine anymore. I cannot remember putting it on but if I did it came off and is hindering the flow of fuel from the tank. I will go down tomorrow and see if I can shake it out. The petcock itself is very hard to blow through. I do have an inline filter outside the tank and I would think that would be all necessary. What are your thoughts? You are proving to be a great help and thanks. Well, now I have a spare tank although smaller. Got a little larger one this time. Gathering all the parts up for a four stroke build. I saw a Schwinn for sale locally, older bike, for 100.00 so may see if it is still available. gphil
 

gphil

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Failed to mention this, what are your thoughts on a three speed Nexis (sp) Thinking about a J-shafted 4 stroke to a hub three speed. gphil
 

Chaz

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You are right, the inline filter is all you need. Glad to be of help. I know the little "horseshoe" channel you're talking about and it is tiny but seems to work. You can test it with water to see how much flows out. I think any kind of stream is okay but if it just drips then you may have a problem. A good blast of air might clear it of any debris.
I think the jackshaft set up you're thinking about has been done so I bet you can find a thread or two on the subject. I have no experience with them.
 

Chaz

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You are very welcome. I'm no expert by any means but I do try to help out if I think I can. There's a lot of really knowledgeable guys here that give generously of their experience from whom I have learned a ton.

And you have a great July 1st - Canada Day this year it's our 150th