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Ok, so after the work from my previous thread, I pulled the carbs out of my bike and gave them to my dad to take home and clean out. He used his compressor to blow them out and presumably did some cleaning. He came over to my place on Friday while I was at work and put everything back together. On the upside, it looks like the carb cleaning fixed the problem where one cylinder wasn't firing all the time. On the downside, after he hooked everything back up he said that when you turn the fuel petcock to "on", fuel starts dumping out of some overflow hose coming off the carbs. He thought there might be something wrong with the floats to where they don't shut off fuel from the tank when the float bowls are full. I never saw the problem or how he hooked everything back up, so my question is this:

Could there be a problem with my floats now, or is it possible he just hooked something up wrong? Here's the weird part, he said that while it was dumping fuel, the bike was still running. I didn't understand how the float bowls could get flooded without flooding the rest of the carb and therefore the engine. Any suggestions on where to start looking for the problem?
 

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Just wanted to follow up on this:

I took the float bowl covers off the carbs and went about trying to adjust the needle valves as FOG suggested. The right-side float was perfect, but the left one was off by about 1/16". When I took out the float/needle to bend the little tab on there, I noticed a piece of gunk about the size of a small grain of rice sitting right there on top of the needle. I wiped that off, put the float back in, re-measured, and it was perfect. Put the bike back together and no more fuel dumping all over the place. Thanks again FOG for your advice.

So two pieces of advice to everyone:
1. Listen to FOG, he knows what he's talking about
2. Air compressors are not carb cleaning tools
 
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