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Maintenance of Fuel Lines
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Firestarter
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The link for the flexible fuel hose kit seems out of date (listing ended on Ebay). This looks to be the same item:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Flexible-Fuel-Hose-Kit-BMW-K-Moto-Guzzi-Ducati-16-12-1-180-040-FP-HoseKit-/372067343045?hash=item56a0f11ac5:g:6F4AAOSwAFBZrtAb
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Dalemac
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'v been doing some work on the Falco the last few days as I've not been at work. While replacing the spark plugs, I saw the state of the fuel lines and nearly had a heart attack. One of the pipes looked like it had been through a shredder. The others lines look to be fine.

I whipped off the line, cut off the connectors and inspected further. After cutting cross sections of the line every inch, it turns out that it was only the external section that had cracked, which is the portion external to the internal braid of the hose.

I have pictures but they are scary.

Thankfully I had some spare line lying around and made up another line in minutes.

Because of this, I'm going to look at alternative types of fuel lines - PTFE lines with external stainless braid seems to be all the rage right now. PTFE should be great for this and the external braiding should provide more protection (and look better).

I'll look at getting this done before summer, I reckon. I'll report back when I've got this done.

I'd recommend anyone that has replaced their lines for r9/r10 hose to check them and continue to keep a regular eye on them.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunately none of the braided hoses turned out to be viable options for me. I ended up using the 'Cohline' 100% eco-fuel 'install and forget about it' lines from AFS.
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fatboy
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a good bit of info !
Thanks Dale
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