Recently bought a rebuilt carburetor off ebay for my GS400. The seller seemed knowledgeable and the carb looked really nice in the pictures. The price was fair and I've been waiting the last 10 days for the carb to arrive.
When I unpacked it today, I discovered that the seller had packed it in a very unfortunate way. The bottom of the box had strips of foam rubber with the carb placed on top (so far, so good) but in an attempt to stabilize the top of the carb, a large flat piece of styrofoam was placed directly over the bare, open top of the carb. The box was then taped up and shipped.
The first thing I noticed when I opened the box were all the hundreds of small pieces of styrofoam that had been rubbed off the larger piece during shipping. Inevitably, many of these found their way into the carb itself. Ended up disassembling the entire top half of the carb and found styrofoam bits in the main fuel bowl, secondary wells, and within one of the jets. To make matters worse, one of the metering rods is bent.
The carb supposedly has a warranty and I've contacted the seller. If the styrofoam hadn't fallen into the carb though I may never have known the metering rod was bent. I bet that thing would've run like a real POS and I probably would've been looking everywhere but the carb, seeing as how it had just been rebuilt. We'll see if the seller will give me a partial refund but I guess in the end it amounts to caveat emptor. Probably not worth getting worked up over in the grand scheme of things.