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post #1 of 17 Old 06-12-2008, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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ADVICE NEEDED...fuel line connection

I just dropped in a new air filter and found a problem: The little plastic clip that you squeeze to disconnect the fuel line from the tank is mangled. It's not really holding the fuel line at all.

Is this safe? I'm supposed to be riding down to Big B's tech day & ride on Saturday

I looked on the parts fiche, and it's not even listed. I guess it might be part of the fuel line (19).



I'm pissed off...the bike was at the dealer last week, which means they left it this way. That's on top of chipping the paint on the top edge of the left fairing (they are fixing it during the off season).

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*bump*

Anyone? Is it safe to ride it like this? Where can I get another clip?

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post #3 of 17 Old 06-13-2008, 07:29 AM
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The fuel pump should have about 43 psi of pressure. I wouldn't ride it unless I was certain that hose wasn't coming off. You might be able to secure it temporarily with a small radiator-hose type clamp, but personally I don't think I'd try it.

I suspect the only place you'll find a connector like that is at the dealer.

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The fuel pump should have about 43 psi of pressure. I wouldn't ride it unless I was certain that hose wasn't coming off. You might be able to secure it temporarily with a small radiator-hose type clamp, but personally I don't think I'd try it.

I suspect the only place you'll find a connector like that is at the dealer.
Thanks for the reply, Scott. I was afraid of that. I've had it up to *here* with this dealer.

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post #5 of 17 Old 06-13-2008, 08:35 AM
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There are good dealers and there are bad. Unfortunately the former are few and far between. I'm lucky in that the place that does my service is top notch.

Your fuel line "Might" be OK. After all, it could have been that way for a while. To be honest I just don't know and I don't think it's worth the risk of it coming loose. As I said, I "Personally" wouldn't ride it until it's fixed properly.

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Put me in the not riding until it's fixed column, I don't think the risk is worth it. Even though it may have been like this for a while, it's bound to fail cause you're now aware of it.

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Me too, I wouldn't risk it personally. If it failed totally, there'd really be no way to rig it.

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ok... I fixed it.

It seems obvious that the mechanic left the clip on the fuel pump fitting and jammed the fuel line over it. It was definitely not on there correctly...I pulled the line off without having to release the clip at all. It was just a matter of time before it popped off.

The clip should be installed in the end of the fuel line in the correct position, then you push the fuel line onto the fitting until it 'clicks' into place. If an idiot like me can figure out how it's supposed to work, you would think that a trained mechanic could.

I took the clip and gently bent it back to it's original shape and it worked fine.
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Oh good! Yeah that's the right way to do it. Good for you for figuring it out.

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Good on ya! See you Sat!

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