How to Remove Floats on a Suzuki GS500

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How to Remove Floats on a Suzuki GS500
The carburettors are located beneath the motorcycle seat. (moteur de moto image by Emmanuel MARZIN from

Removing the floats on your Suzuki GS500 is the most effective way to diagnose fuel level problems. The floats are responsible for maintaining a constant level of fuel inside the float bowl, and poorly functioning floats can have a detrimental impact on your motorcycle's performance. If you are experiencing poor jetting, locating and removing the floats can help you decide if you need to re-jet your carburettor or if your motorcycle's problem can be resolved by a simple inspection and cleaning.

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Things you need

  • Wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Towels
  • Socket

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  1. 1

    Remove the seat by removing the two bolts and two screws located under the seat cover.

  2. 2

    Remove the gas tank by unbolting the two bolts holding the tank on. Tilt the tank back, then turn off the fuel petcock located under the seat with a screwdriver.

  3. 3

    Disconnect the three hoses running from the gas tank. They will have fuel in them, so have a towel ready and be prepared for them to leak. Set the fuel tank aside once it is detached.

  4. 4

    Remove the air box by removing the two screws located at the rear of it. Once the screws are loose, lift the air box so you can loosen the clamp that connects the air box to the carburettor. Remove the air box and set it aside.

  5. 5

    Disconnect the five hoses that run to the carburettor: the vacuum hose, throttle cable, choke cable, drain tube and fuel line.

  6. 6

    Remove the carburettor now that it's free from the engine. Flip it over to gain access to the floats.

  7. 7

    Remove the screws at the bottom of the floats. Grip the floats and pull them out gently.

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