Advice sought- 34PICT-3 replacement

It looks like I'll have to replace the original 34PICT-3 carb on my 1600DP '74 Beetle. It runs great, but there is significant fuel
outleakage from the throttle shaft, no doubt due to worn bushings. Living in Canada, it's easiest for me to order a carb from California Import Parts in Vancouver (www.cip1.com). CIP advertises three replacement carbs on their website- the Mexican Brosal at $241, an EMPI carb at $168, and a no-name carb part C24-113-129-031-K (which gets their highest recommendation) at $189. I would expect the no- name carb is Taiwanese or Chinese. In the past year there have been good results posted on this newsgroup for no-name Chinese carbs, but of course it's hard to say which "no name" was involved. I'm contemplating buying the C24-113-129-031-K carb, but I wondered if anyone else could report on it. In the longer term I will look into replacing the bushings on the original carb, but I'd like to keep the bug running while this is being done.
Thanks in advance,
Garry
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On Apr 13, 12:12�pm, snipped-for-privacy@doe.carleton.ca wrote:

I'm haveing alot of luck with the EMPI carbs but if you have the original German carb you should get it rebushed.
Mario Vintage Werks resto
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Empi sucks balls.
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On Apr 15, 9:59 am, snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com wrote:

thanks for your informative contribution ryan, thats just what this group needs.
I myself have had good luck buying carbs on Ebay, just don't pay too much and watch for ripoff shipping, I've gotten real nice german carbs, old and crusty, but been sitting in some basement for 20 odd years, so bushings are in good shape. Got a darn good Bocar here recently from some auction house, almost brand new 30$ american. Also have gotten old clapped out stripped stud junkers too, so you have to be careful. Look at any pictures carefully!!! Remmember a good electric cutoff valve is 25$ new, that 10$ ebay special may have a good one!! A vw expert will generally charge more, some one cleaning out grampas garage will just want to move product, same goes for those "ebay consignment" places. Somebody like me will charge more cause I know how rare a good used German Solex is. So buy from somebody else...LOL!! Good luck to you in Canada, eh.
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bluntly stated opinions are just as welcome in this group as sarcasm.... are you sure you even know what this group needs? was there an election to vote someone as spokesperson that i missed?
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Joey Tribiani wrote:

Yes. You folks elected ME as your King long ago, and since there have been no challengers or CIA coups to overthrow me, I'm still the King.
:)
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wrote:

Long live King Jan
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that's what i thought...(hence the question)
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My opinion also applies to Mario, until I find out that he refunded that nine grand to the customer he so blatantly robbed.
EMPI sucks balls not only because of their poor abysmal quality of parts, but also their customer support. You have an issue with their parts, and they tell you to go bitch to the dealer you bought it from. That's some a-ok customer service right there.
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On Apr 22, 2:30 pm, snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com wrote:

First of all i agree about empi, cheap crap, I just thought that your original response didn't directly address the question, and I should have stated that differently myself, and this group has always helped me, and always needs helpful posers, excuse me, Jan, but you'd probably agree! There are so many options on carbs that it is nonsense to buy a $150 or more carb from the likes of EMPI, no matter who sells it. I have spent less than that on 4 Ebay specials and have gotten 2 very good carbs, 1 worn out but ran, and one parts carb. My point is just be careful and don't pay too much, but that holds true no matter where you buy.
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excuse me, thats helpful posters, not "posers"
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wrote:

LOL! Freudian slip?
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Michael Cecil wrote:

ROTFLMAO!!!!
Poser Jan
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OK, Ill answer my own post. I went ahead and ordered part C24-113-129-031-K from CIP. I had to drill out the throttle arm just a little bit to get the accelerator cable clamp to fit, but apart from that there were no problems in installation. The engine fired up and ran smoothly without any adjustments. I tweaked the air bypass screw just a bit to bring the idle down to specification, but that was all that was required. The car ran very smoothly on a long highway run up into the Gatineau hills. So far this no-name Chinese knock-off seems to be an effective replacement for the stock carburetor. It will be interesting to see what fuel economy it delivers.
In the long term Ill try and get new throttle shaft bushings installed on my original German Solex carb. The Solex ran fine and gave a smooth idle, but I frequently found gas dripping off the throttle shaft after highway runs, which was getting a bit frightening.
Garry
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