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The 350's were horrible about carb floats not sealing. Aftermarket carbs are a crapshoot, and the overwhelming majority of them are crap. I would rebuild the one you have. I took a small dremel polishing stone and polished the seat in mine and it stopped leaking.

I rebuilt it and guess what? Still has a stuck float. Argh....... No different after rebuild than when I got it. You mentioned aftermarket carbs as a crapshoot - the factory carb from Honda is about $350 locally, would that be the next best option? Not really interested in messing with this one again and it takes so dang long to get it in/out I really want to do this just one more time. Any aftermarket carb links/references that are reliable would be appreciated.


Airbox probably has fuel in it. Make sure the carb didn't overflow a bunch of gas into your crankcase.

Oil/filter change was next on the list.... I suppose I can do that cold to eliminate the possibility of "if" fuel made it to the crankcase I'd eliminate that potential issue. I know there wasn't any hydrolock since the overflow tube was clear and it drained all over my garage floor.


Shifting on an ES can be iffy battery, clutch adjustment, or you might need to remove the shift motor on the front of the engine and clean the old grease out of the gears under it, and then replace it. The grease gets old and gummy and can cause shifting issues. If you're not sure the battery is good, replace it. The ES bikes need a good battery to shift.

Thanks for the pointers here


Choke cable is probably broken. They break where they attach to the handlebar bracket. New ones are under $10 so just replace it.

Got the factory replacement, but like above, sheesh - just to get all the covers off looks to be a pain in the rear


I rebuilt a 350 for my kid. There are some bolt on upgrades using factory parts from other bikes that are worth doing if you're going to be riding it much. Disc brakes from a 420 Rancher and selectable 4wd using a front diff from a 400AT Rancher.


I would look for a set of stock Foreman takeoffs on your local craigslist or Facebook marketplace. People sell new factory wheels and tires for $100-200 all the time when they buy a new bike, because they want fancy wheels and mud tires, and if you get Foreman wheels they will be 12" wheels and finding tires in the future will be much easier

Great idea! Thanks.
Comments in RED above. This poor little thing just sits in the tractor barn looking all sad and lonely.... Just need to allocate time to get back on it to get it operational.
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