A kid in the neighborhood came by to tell me he had to buy a new ($75!!) carb for his recently purchased TaoTao 49cc scooter after the float started sticking. When I asked why he didn't just pull the bowl and clean the needle valve he said the bowl couldn't be removed. Balderdash, I sez and damned if when he produced the old CVK carb I was shocked to see the factory had installed the type of screws that the head breaks off once they're to torque. I had to chuck the critter in my little milling machine to mill the tits flat where the screws broke off and then drill out the remaining heads to get the bowl off. Besides the fact that the boy could've gotten a new one off of eBay for around $30 delivered what really irritates the piss out of me is that they're now selling scooters with sealed carbs, either for anti-tampering purposes or to sell new ones (I suspect to keep us from richening them up). Once I got the bowl off I was pleasantly surprised to find that the pilot jet could be removed unlike a lot of the small bike carbs nowadays that are a fixed part of the unit. Overall the quality of the carb favorably compared to Japanese carburetors. It was bad enough when they started sealing off the mixture screws and eliminated adjustable needles--but to seal off the float bowl, a part of the carb that requires frequent service to adjust the float or clean out the crud is just plain stupid. Anyway anyone else seen sealed carbs like this on any other unit?