Fuel line replacement?

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by ran49, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. ran49

    ran49 New Member

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    Any you guys find a suitable replacement for the fuel line hose that might be found locally.I hate to pay $6.00 shipping for something that probably isn't worth more than $.75.Tried the 1/4" black fuel line and it doesn't fit tight enough.I think 3/16"would about right.BTW,if you heat the end when installing you can slide it right on there.Ron
     
  2. Nomad

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    Try Autozone, in the small engines dept... I saw it there $1.98....if not there... try Ace hdwe....
     
  3. tibim

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    3/16th fuel line and fuel line clamps
     
  4. ebmvegan

    ebmvegan New Member

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    Any automotive store will carry the 3/16 hose in their small engines area. I tried the black hose but quickly changed to the clear so I can see my fuel.
     
  5. tibim

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    Add a clear fuel filter for seeing the fuel.
     
  6. ebmvegan

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    I completely overlooked that. Thank's!
     
  7. dan283

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    Pet supplies plus or similar should have selection of hose. Not rated for gas just keep an eye on it.
     
  8. Norman

    Norman LORD VADER Moderator
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    I use the vinyl tubing sold at the hardware stores very cheap and comes is assorted sizes. some will sell( tygron not sure if its spelled right)tubing and it will work too.
     
  9. MrLarkins

    MrLarkins HS Math Teacher

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    my local small engine store has clear fuel tubing for $1 a foot
     
  10. RedB66

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    Home Depot carries compatable line for 12 cents a foot.
     
  11. Nomad

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    I got some vinyl tubing 3/16ths at Ace Hardware for my next bike, looks good, I don't know if it's rated for gas, I'll keep an eye on it @ 29cents a foot it's easy to replace.
     
  12. jasonh

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    except when you're 15miles from home and it lets go :)
     
  13. Nomad

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    I think the message is @29 cents a foot, keep some in your tool kit. :)
     
  14. jasonh

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    My message would be spend the extra 50 cents a foot and don't worry about it :)
     
  15. Norman

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    I run the vinyl tubing and it works good it will harden with age but its cheap and easy to replace I also use 0.031 safety wire for hose clamps and my fuel lines don't leak. in case your wondering.
     
  16. deacon

    deacon minor bike philosopher

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    I switched to the black rubber line several months ago 1/4 inch I think and it works fine. It is regular auto gas line. I don't use clamps or anything.

    On the homebrew bike I use clear line even use some white hard plastic vacuum connectors here and there.
     
  17. Nomad

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    what is the actual material that the tubing should be made of to be fuel tolerant?
     
  18. hardpank

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    Hey guys, I'm new to the forum but I figured I could lend some knowledge here. I used to work for a custom hose shop. You want to use nitrile (black) tubing or if you want something clear, look for polyurethane. Teflon is also compatible with fuel. Our shop made some stainless braided teflon tubing that looks sweet. Vinyl is not compatible with fuel or oil and will harden and crack/break over time.
     
  19. Pablo

    Pablo Master Bike Builder & Forum Sponsor

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    Of course what comes with the kit is a very low grade vinyl.
     
  20. jasonh

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    My fuel line (basic kit crap) is no longer flexible whatsoever. I think it's time to get some real fuel line.
     

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