Carburetors are more simplistic than fuel- injection systems, but they will demand more maintenance than your throttle body and ECU, especially if you run your carb in the dirt. But with proper care and maintenance, plus a little modification here and there, you can keep your carb running smoothly off-road and keep yourself happy with a fueling system that you could fix almost anywhere with a screwdriver. We installed off-road spring-loaded needles and seats in this Edelbrock carb to cure our flooding problem in the rough stuff. Eight screws hold the top and bottom of this carb's body together. Pictured here is an Edelbrock 800-cfm Performer carburetor, which is way too big for a stock small-block engine, but would be a good fit on any big-block or high-horsepower small-block.Eight screws hold the top and bottom of this carb's body together. Pictured here is an Ede Dirt from the air or fuel is hands-down a carb's biggest enemy. Dirt will build up and clog idle jets and orifices, making your carb run like crap. Misfires and stuttering are common symptoms. Make sure to thoroughly clean out any dirt you find in the float bowls. The better your air filtering agent, the less dirt you'll suck into your carburetor. For the absolute least amount of dirt in your carb, we'd probably recommend using a cheapy paper air filter, and replacing it every 5,000 miles, along with a high-quality fuel filter.Dirt from the air or fuel is hands-down a carb's biggest enemy. Dirt will build up and clo The primary nozzle cluster is where the metering is done before the venturis. The smaller tube is the idle jet, and the bigger is the main jet. You can see why any amount of dirt will make your fuel flow erratic.The primary nozzle cluster is where the metering is done before the venturis. The smaller The off-road needle and seat assembly controls fuel flow via the floats. When the float rises, it presses against the needles and stops fuel flow to the engine. When jostling around off-road, the needles will allow too much fuel in as the floats bounce up and down. The spring-loaded needles will not succumb to the jostling of the floats as easily.The off-road needle and seat assembly controls fuel flow via the floats. When the float ri The spring-loaded needles install the same way as the regular needles, but are a little trickier to get to stay in place while reinstalling the floats. Keep a little pressure on them (so they don't pop out) and slide the floats (keeping pressure on the needle with the float) into place on their hinges.The spring-loaded needles install the same way as the regular needles, but are a little tr SOURCES Edelbrock Dept. 5.0 2700 California St. Torrance CA 90503 310-781-2222 www.edelbrock.com By Jerrod Jones Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!