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If you gently lift the float until the needle just seats and turn the petcock on does gas come out? Something has to be keeping it from getting a good seal. If that works there has to be some binding somewhere once assembled or the float level has to be set too high. If you purposely set the level too low does it seal? Just a couple of quick things to try before you consider replacing things trying to fix the issue. Also, have you tried standing the bike up before turning the gas on? That might be an easy way to see if it's binding as if it works level but not on the side stand something is off.
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Is it possible the float just isn't...floating?

Mine looks like some sort of closed cell foam. If the foam degraded and absorbed some fuel, or some of the goo you cleaned out of the carb, maybe it's too heavy?

Maybe someone can weigh a good one, or measure how high it floats above the fuel.

Can you get a replacement float?
I had this on an ElCamino once.... drove me to the point of taking it to an old-timer/expert. When I picked up the truck I asked, "what was it?" He said, "The float was bad......". I told him I had personally checked the float and it was not taking on gas..... he grinned, went and got the float, shook it to show it had no gas in it... but when he pressed the plastic float material with a screwdriver it wept gas.....

So, tedcool is correct, a tiny change in the float weight can throw your float bowl fuel level off, and not just a little.... If it passes the other tests mentioned, weigh the float and then put it under a drop cord light and get it hot for a couple of hours.... then reweigh it.
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You will need a very sensitive scale to do this. A kitchen scale with 1 gram resolution probably won't work. More like .01 gram resolution would be good.

Most people don't have a precision scale ( maybe certain...vendors...).

I bought one to weigh out hardener for small amounts of epoxy needed for boat repair. Amazon to the rescue!

I suppose you might find something at the local 'head shop'.

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You will need a very sensitive scale to do this. A kitchen scale with 1 gram resolution probably won't work. More like .01 gram resolution would be good.

Most people don't have a precision scale ( maybe certain...vendors...).

I bought one to weigh out hardener for small amounts of epoxy needed for boat repair. Amazon to the rescue!

I suppose you might find something at the local 'head shop'.

Good luck!
"Head Shop".... I am not familiar with that term.....
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"Head Shop".... I am not familiar with that term...
Shop that sells drug accessories
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Mike, where were you in the 70's ?

And not drugs, that would be illegal. Just for aromatic herbs.
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If you need parts ,tell me what and send your address to finework74@gmail.com. When you receive 'em send me whatever it cost for me to ship it. I have your float and prolly whatever else you need.
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If you gently lift the float until the needle just seats and turn the petcock on does gas come out? Something has to be keeping it from getting a good seal. If that works there has to be some binding somewhere once assembled or the float level has to be set too high. If you purposely set the level too low does it seal? Just a couple of quick things to try before you consider replacing things trying to fix the issue. Also, have you tried standing the bike up before turning the gas on? That might be an easy way to see if it's binding as if it works level but not on the side stand something is off.
On The Kehin You Hit these Two Right ON Took Me a while to relise,Float Binds when Bike on Side stand I always start Bike Level After it warms i take choke off and its fine..I wondered why every time the bike started right up,and i put it back on the stand,it would cough,spit,the smooth idle would diapear..i'de pull it up level and it would smooth right out. Those Floats kick Sideways binding, Or It Does on mine Not sure there all the same But I'de Bet Close. Float hight Correct,Start Bike Level..Been a good year for me and e84
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I ran a 34mm from a 1980 on my 77 xlch for decades
75 slow jet and 165 main was PERFECT....
I could idle it down to 450 rpm
Idle was so good at 800-900 it almost no longer sounded like a H-D
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