From:Randy Olson
Subject:RE: RE: Petcock Valve - EXERCISE YOUR RESERVE VALVE Date:Sun May 6 18:04:35 2018
Response to:22671
I purchased the petcock fuel valve from J&P Cycles. It is
possible that another one from their inventory may work
just fine. However, this one leaked so badly I prefer to
just get my money back rather than ask for a replacement.


Sorry, don't know of any suppliers. Please tell us who
you bought yours from - so we don't make the same

Recently, my Hummer ran out of gas. I looked in the
tank, and there was still gas in it. So I turned on the
reserve flipper, and still no gas.

Most of us never use the reserve. So the rust and crud
in the bottom of the tank settle in the reserve port -
year after year. Eventually we need to use reserve, and
guess what - it's clogged.

I've tried to clean this one (and others) by soaking with
all kinds of chemicals, using little pieces of wire, air
pressure - with no success. Seems once clogged, always

So my advice is: (a) test your reserve before the day
comes when you really, really need it;

b) use the reserve every time you ride the bike. Make
some kind of habit - maybe start the bike and drive it to
the end of your neighborhood on reserve, then turn it off
and turn on the regular flipper.

(c) The original petcocks had a filter screen attached to
the top of the petcock. Most got damaged and got removed
along the way. Inexpensive ($4) replacements (plastic
with brass screen) are readily available.

Need a petcock valve for my 1956 165ST. Purchased new one
from a motorcycle parts store and it leaked when valve
turned on. Previous posts about this part about 2 years
old, so wondering if any one now has a quality petcock
valve available.

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