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Hello guys,

Question about using brass floats in our carburators. I have always read and heard that you should switch the stock composite float with the brass style float. But, I have never read or heard WHY. Just looking for an explanation on the theory or science behind it all.

The limit to what I have read is that the composite floats do not play well with new gas containing ethanol. That is great, but what happens and why?

Thanks for entertaining my curiousity.
 

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Hydriv said:
The composite reacts to the alcohol by physically expanding to the point where it rubs the sides of the float chamber and sticks in one spot. Need I say more?
Simple, to the point and makes sense. There are many posts here and other forums that advise people to change out the float with a brass one. But, none that I could find that explained why.

Now, I am happy. Thanks. :thumbsup:
 

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Looks like Hydriv already answer the "why" the older floats have problems with the current ethanol blended fuels. I can personally attest to what happens to the older floats. I recently rebuilt the carb on my 446 and the bottom of the bowl was filled with little bits and pieces of the fiber/plastic float. Needless to say, the carb now has a brass float and it runs like a charm (with lots of help from Boomer and Brian H!)

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