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Beetle Carburetor Aftermarket

Post by No More Landy » Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:07 pm

My carb had a very rich mixture and resultant eye watering consumption so I decided due to time constraints just to buy a new carb from a local beetle spares supplier.

I fitted the carb and after one trip it started leaking out of an external hole that looked like it is a plugged off hole, so I took it back and was given a new one.

Fitted the new carb and it ran for day and a half and then suddenly started throwing fuel down the throat of the carb after going around a corner and flooded the engine and would not restart until I fitted back the old carb and towed started her behind another vehicle.

Took it back to said supplier and got my money back.

I have Now taken it to Carb Center who rebuilt the carb and re-bushed the throttle body at a cost of just over R2K.

Anyone else try to use an aftermarket carb and have trouble with them ?

Still have to go fetch her and test her out to see if it improves consumption but am hoping for the best.

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Re: Beetle Carburetor Aftermarket

Post by retrovan » Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:29 pm

If thats the original jetting in the repaired carb, it should be fine...

But if the PO has "adjusted " the jets then you may still have to refit Original spec jets..

Good luck with your carb.

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Re: Beetle Carburetor Aftermarket

Post by No More Landy » Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:45 pm

Thanks Herman

Not sure about the jetting but assume the guys overhauling the carb will fit whatever jet is required to get the correct end result out the tail pipe ?

The only thing that still puzzles me is that the owner that sold me the bug a few years back said his family member had increased the cylinders and barrels to a 1600 but she has the bootlid markings of a 1300 cc and the intake manifold and carb (31mm) are still from the 1300.

He couldn't go into any more detail as he was not a technical sort of guy and it had been done in Pinetown about 14 years ago.

I will report back tomorrow when I collect her.

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Re: Beetle Carburetor Aftermarket

Post by Tony Z » Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:01 am

everyone who buys a new carb has issues with them. You are not alone.
Original and old/worn out is better than what you can buy new

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Re: Beetle Carburetor Aftermarket

Post by No More Landy » Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:42 am

Thanks Tony. Maybe that’s why they took back two carbs without any quibble. Good of them to do so


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Re: Beetle Carburetor Aftermarket

Post by John Alves » Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:40 am

Moral of the story is, don't throw away old air-cooled stuff, if it repairable, keep it and spend the money to repair it
No sense being pessimistic. It wouldn't work anyway.

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