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Old 04-04-2011, 12:22 PM   #1
BelfastCruiser
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How can you fix it if you can't get parts - planned obsolescence?

Hey all. I thought I'd jump on the 4stroke bandwagon and upgrade the outboards. I purchased a used 4 stroke 8 horse (no problems so far!) and a*lightly used*3.5 HP. I had a problem with the 3.5 and took off the carb. There is a broken plastic choke plate that neeeds to be replaced. The plate is pressed into the carb body, but is removeable. (See enclosed photo) I've called*all over the place trying to*get just the plastic plate- nope! I checked the schematics for the carb, and no part number for the choke plate. Everyone WILL sell me a new carb @ $200.

So,* here's my question to the group. Would you'all try to epoxy the plate back together? IF it should again break again and bits of the expoxy got sucked into the intake, what kind of damge would be done? Gamble/No Gamble?

Thanks - Kevin O
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