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Mikuni VM 32 petrol connection

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by rob carter, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. rob carter

    rob carter

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    I have a 1971 750 norton commando with a Mikuni VM 32 carb.
    The problem is I recently changed tanks (to a metal one) and i am having trouble connecting the fuel lines.I have a "T" piece which i am using to connect both fuel lines.
    the problem is the height of the tank is only just above the petrol inlet to the carb and I was wondering if there was a kit out there that would do the job.
     
  2. 850commando

    850commando

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  3. rob carter

    rob carter

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    Thanks for that.I went on line and they have discontinued this product.Maybe because of residual fuel left in the pipes.
    I may have to do my own one.
     
  4. seattle##gs

    seattle##gs

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    This is always a big headache. With a single Mikuni I use the right angle fittings for the petcocks, then a T fitting between them. What works well is to get some copper tubing that will just push into 1/4 fuel line. Thin wall plastic tubing is the best, I have some very good stuff which fits tightly enough that you don't need hose clamps. I can send you some if you like. It can be stretched over the large Mikuni brass tube if you heat it with a heat gun. Never needs hose clamps. The piece of copper tubing is about 2 1/2" - 3" long, is bent 90 degrees, and slips inside the tubing so it can make a tight bend over the carburetor. When you want to remove the tank it is best to unscrew the fuel fittings rather than trying to slide the hose on and off. If you have the stock blade type of petcock I made a holding tool for them so it is easy to remove the nut without loosening the petcock.
     
  5. SteveA

    SteveA VIP MEMBER

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    According to your link the black rubber type is still available!

    I make up my own twin Mikuni fuel feed set up.

    I use standard Tygon fuel pipe, crimped O clips on the unions, but a Japanese bike style wire sprung clip is all that is needed at the carb union, quick release with pliers. Use a longer pipe section from the T to the carb and you could do a tank drain without disconnecting the tank unions!

    I have no problem with residual fuel because I drain the tank after use/races!

    To be honest, if you are not riding for a while with ethanol fuels you should too....
     
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2018
  6. rob carter

    rob carter

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    Thanks for that.I have made up a right angled tube and it seems to work ok.
     
  7. rob carter

    rob carter

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    Great.Thanks for that
     
  8. rob carter

    rob carter

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    Thank you for your reply.I have sorted this out by making up my own tubing.
     
  9. 850commando

    850commando

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    as a follow up comment / i made up the hoses as shown by Old Brit and since i was without the crimp ferrules i used regular hose clamps , the entire assembly made access to the left side panel duz fastener impossible . so i rejoined them on the right side of the carb with a "T" which then leads over the top to the vm inlet.