I have the Water-choke version on my Samurai for 8 years now.
The Choke mechanism is fairly easy to interchange. I have had no problems with the water choke version.
Mine is an early one of the - in some circles - Legendary Sarge-prepared units. Sarge sealed off the excess vacuum ports on the intake manifold with threaded brass plugs, cleaned up the manifold throat for better flow and jetted it for my 1.6 8-valve.
I mounted it backwards - choke facing the head - and that helped some with the uphill stalling problem. I am more of a trail driver than a rock crawler and probably should hit the trails more often than I do. I mostly use it as a backup daily driver with one big adventure a year. I mention all this because my experiences with off-camber starving have been minimal. I was never in a situation where the loss of power caused dangerous situations - only annoying situations.
The only problems that I had with it was a throttle butterfly jam that caused the engine to get stuck at full throttle while on the highway. This was caused by excessive wear on the butterfly shaft's bearing surfaces. A bit of repair by Sarge (Kevin Lafferty) fixed that.
About three years ago, the carb's mounting bolts worked loose causing it to run badly. A bit of simple wrenching in a Home Depot parking lot during a downpour fixed that.
Be aware that there are no more Webers being manufactured in Europe. All new product is from China. You may (or may not) experience a lower level of quality in these new units.
Although you are - from the looks of your personal info - in Australia you should consider the MY-Side side-draft carburetor system from Zuks Offroad in Arizona (ZOR Zuks Off Road
Assuming that there are Harley-Davidson motorcycles Down Under and said motorcycle owners are converting from Side-draft to Fuel Injection like they are in the States, you should be a ble to find a suitable carb for as little as $80-150 Aus. Possibly cheaper from a Bike shop that does those conversions! They will have them laying about piling up so getting rid of one for any amount of money is a bonus to them!
The big advantage to the MY-Side has been no off-camber stalls and improved engine performance similar to or better than the Weber. Plus, the sidedraft carb is a lot more reliable!
I hope that this helps!
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