I'd say you made the right call, as long as you weren't having fuel level issues to start with. The metal to metal needle & seat assemblies have always given me the most fits on small engines. I would assume (I know, that's dangerous) that some of the suppliers (can you say off-shore?) are switching to the all metal designs for cost reasons. I haven't had any bad results from using the Viton tipped needles as of yet with the E-gas.