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Please tell me there's a fix for this...

I was taking the float out of the carb to check the float needle, and when I was taking the pin out, one of the pin holders broke off. I do not have another 300-500 for another carb, when I've already put a bunch of money into fixing this bike already. Is there a way to fix this? I've got a few thoughts running through my head, such as super glue, soldering it back on, seeing if it'll stay put with just one pin holder... Any suggestions? I'd really love to finally ride this thing someday. Thanks!
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If soldering does not work. I have used JB Weld on a lot of small and large parts with good results.

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I was taking the float out of the carb to check the float needle, and when I was taking the pin out, one of the pin holders broke off. I do not have another 300-500 for another carb, when I've already put a bunch of money into fixing this bike already. Is there a way to fix this? I've got a few thoughts running through my head, such as super glue, soldering it back on, seeing if it'll stay put with just one pin holder... Any suggestions? I'd really love to finally ride this thing someday. Thanks!
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He broke the mount, not the float.

JB Weld is supposed to hold up to gasoline. Just make sure it is fully cured before you expose it to gas.

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I was taking the float out of the carb to check the float needle, and when I was taking the pin out, one of the pin holders broke off. I do not have another 300-500 for another carb, when I've already put a bunch of money into fixing this bike already. Is there a way to fix this? I've got a few thoughts running through my head, such as super glue, soldering it back on, seeing if it'll stay put with just one pin holder... Any suggestions? I'd really love to finally ride this thing someday. Thanks!
Show it to a professional welder guy. He should know exactly if it can be sold or not.
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Soldering is NOT for strength, it for electrical things.
JB weld, or similar is your best bet.


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Soldering is NOT for strength, it for electrical things.
JB weld, or similar is your best bet.
I have a different opinion, soldering is also for strength. Definitely you will not have the same strength as the material from which is made the carb, but you can have more that enough strength to hold the float.
The key is to ask the right person.
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You CAN NOT solder the aluminum! Even welding is hard. Even it could be welded, first somebody should determine what is the exact aluminum (alloy) type. Different alloy types require different welding techniques.
If You ask me, what would I do, my option would be to drill a little hole (from the top) in that broken leg which is left and make a thread in it. I would screw a screw in it and drill a hole in that screw (according that pin size). Or simply I would use a screw like this.
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Yes, is difficult, but :

What I would do : as I said, I would ask a specialist.

I have welded two broken clutch levers so far with no issue. And the clutch lever is not at all easy to weld. Of course, the strength of welded area is less, but enough to pull the clutch.
One of this two levers is from my wife's VN800 and this were years ago, no issue so far.
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I've used JB Weld with good results as well.
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