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Stihl replacement parts question

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by satchel145, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,920

    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,


    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.
  2. dboyd351

    dboyd351 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,101

    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.
  3. dboyd351

    dboyd351 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,101

    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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