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Old 01-02-2013, 04:58 PM
Roger Roger is online now
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Just to be clear, while Zama makes all the carbs for Stihl, they are made to Stihl specs, and are not the same as other Zama carbs, and the carbs and parts Zama makes for Stihl, are only sold to Stihl.
They may interchange with other carbs on some parts, but it seems that Stihl has Zama make the carbs for them different enough that you need to go to Stihl to buy a whole carb.
I think you are correct regarding ZAMA carbs being unique for STIHL. However, ZAMA carbs that are STIHIL-unique can be found through other channels. Typical STIHL parts must be bought through STIHL channels, but carbs must get a reprieve from that requirement.

For example, my FS90 uses a C1Q-S72 carb. Here is a link to buy one off e-bay,

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CARBURETOR-S...2108%26ps%3D54

I don't think I can buy any other STIHL part from a different channel. This e-bay link is only an example. There are many other places that make a C1Q-S72 available, full carb, not just the RB-97 rebuild kit.

Strange business ...

BTW, I would agree with others here -- better to buy a new carb than do the rebuild. I did not take this advice earlier, and rebuilt several. Hindsight tells me better to buy a replacement carb.
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:33 PM
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I've mostly steered clear of Stihl just because of their policy of trying to force you to buy their exclusive parts at their inflated prices. However, there are some times their parts can be a good deal, especially carbs bought off eBay, as Roger mentioned.
I recently rebuilt a MS250 chainsaw and while the prices for most of the Stihl parts were high, I got a new carb, shipped to me for $17.95. That's less than twice the price of a rebuild kit shipped, in most cases, so I agree, it doesn't pay to try rebuilding one at that cost.
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:00 PM
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BTW, I would agree with others here -- better to buy a new carb than do the rebuild. I did not take this advice earlier, and rebuilt several. Hindsight tells me better to buy a replacement carb.
It's funny, your very detailed, helpful post on rebuilding the FS90 carb was just resurrected on the next page of the Mechanics and Repair forum.

You did a great job on that tutorial, but I think you're right, if the price is anywhere near close, buying a new carb is the way to go.
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