Plastic fuel filter (2016)

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Plastic fuel filter on my bike is starting to warp from heat, i heard Pingel is a good option.



 

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Heat... Or ethanol...?

Either way, that's why I prefer Pingel. Brass body and sintered (bronze?) cleanable filter element.

And all with unrivalled flow rates.

All things considered, they're a bargain IMHO.
 
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Actually the high pressure fuel line is new, just dis-colored, I guess from the fuel.
The Pingel filters, they are pricey
 

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MS850 said:
Actually the high pressure fuel line is new, just dis-colored, I guess from the fuel.
The Pingel filters, they are pricey
My point was, that type hose is too stiff, even when new.
 
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concours said:
MS850 said:
Actually the high pressure fuel line is new, just dis-colored, I guess from the fuel.
The Pingel filters, they are pricey
My point was, that type hose is too stiff, even when new.
that might be true, the problem is the crappy filter. The materiel its made of is soft, i can squeeze it.
thanks for your input.
 

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I've had my Commando for 11 years and ridden about 12,000 miles, all without any sort of fuel filter. What sort of calamitous events should I be expecting as a result of this omission? :?:
 
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I hate those plastic filters, had one snap off just before ride one time. If you feel you need a fuel filter I would stay away from these plastic ones regardless of the type of hose you Urs. UV rays do them in pretty quickly
 

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lazyeye6 said:
I've had my Commando for 11 years and ridden about 12,000 miles, all without any sort of fuel filter. What sort of calamitous events should I be expecting as a result of this omission? :?:
Same here, just the finger screen that's on the petcocks. Just shy of 19,000 miles with no fuel-related issues. I'm no fan of add-on inline fuel filters. Just do what you can to get fuel from a reliable source (not the gas can that sits out back, full of rust!)

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Nater_Potater said:
lazyeye6 said:
I've had my Commando for 11 years and ridden about 12,000 miles, all without any sort of fuel filter. What sort of calamitous events should I be expecting as a result of this omission? :?:
Same here, just the finger screen that's on the petcocks. Just shy of 12,000 miles with no fuel-related issues. I'm no fan of add-on inline fuel filters. Just do what you can to get fuel from a reliable source (not the gas can that sits out back, full of rust!)

Nathan
Me too. The stock setup has a strainer in the petcock and another in the carb fuel bowl. Not sure the advantage of a third strainer in line on the fuel line other than restriction of flow.
 
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One reason to use an inline filter is you can then do away with the somewhat blockage-prone gauze strainers in the tank.

Obviously, a filter that goes soft, from heat or solvent attack, should never be fitted anywhere.

May I also vote against reinforced neoprene fuel hose?!
 

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I installed one of those plastic filters on my 850 for a short time, until I found that it restricted fuel to the point of not being able to maintain 65 mph. Probably a poor choice in filters though, as it came from a hardware store and was intended for lawn mowers. The reason I had installed it was that I was getting small pieces of black rubber in the carbs, from deteriorating seals in the petcocks. Switched to BAP petcocks and the problem went away.
 

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lazyeye6 said:
I've had my Commando for 11 years and ridden about 12,000 miles, all without any sort of fuel filter. What sort of calamitous events should I be expecting as a result of this omission? :?:
No calamitous event, provided your tank is clean and you're running Amal carbs.

Trouble seems to be that as these bikes get older, detritus from failed tank liners and / or rust etc seems to be troublesome for some.

I mention the Amals because they seem remarkably resilient to passing large particles with no ill effect. However, those running Mikuni or FCRs or CRs etc would be well advised to fit better filters as they have practically zero tolerance for coping with any foreign particles. As I have found!
 
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Advantage of inline clear plastic filters is that you can see if the gas is feeding
and what kind of debris is collecting.
Clear lines as well.
I have non ethanol fuel a mile from my abode so not worried too much about
problems. I change out the filters every year anyway.
 
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I use plastic filters and have had no issues. We only have ethanol fuel available. I change them once per year. Am now using a new steel tank with BAP petcocks.
I use the good silicone fuel line as well. Works for me.
 

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Mike,

I could be mistaken but I don't believe silicone is good for fuel line. Maybe you are using Tygon?

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I always thought those little filters, no matter what type, look tacky. Same goes for all the clear fuel lines. I have never used a filter, other than the Norton/Amal screens and never had a problem. I use plain black fuel line, 1/4" I think it is with no clamps. Been on there leak free for many years. Nortoneers fret too much about too many things. For gods sake it is a NORTON.
 
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Deets55 said:
Mike,

I could be mistaken but I don't believe silicone is good for fuel line. Maybe you are using Tygon?

Pete
I thought it was silicone, maybe not. Its clear and doesnt harden like the cheap plastic stuff.
 
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