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« on: March 11, 2009, 09:55:35 AM »
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Which is the best kind of fuel filter to use on my 1776 kadron buggy, plastic disposable or the glass serviceable type? Is the plastic type more prone to leaking versus the glass type? Which has the better ability to pull the fine dirt particles out of the fuel? The plastic is the cheaper of the two, but does it do a good enough job of filtering? Is the glass type overkill?
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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2009, 02:10:17 PM »
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metal sealed with a replaceable element. The plastic ones are cheap but don't last. The glass ones are better and you can reuse them for longer, but they're proned to breakage, especially in a buggy (getting bounced around, being hit by debris/rocks, etc.)

A sealed metal filter with a replaceable element is the most spendy but gives you the best durability and lifetime.
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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2009, 05:08:20 PM »
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The plastic ones are cheap but don't last.

They are not supposed to last, they are to be changed frequently.
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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2009, 10:28:17 PM »
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The plastic ones are cheap but don't last.

They are not supposed to last, they are to be changed frequently.

Agree... Plus I have never seen a glass one.  I replace my filters (plastic) when I change my oil.  It may be overkill, but why not.
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2009, 09:12:36 AM »
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Fatalifeaten, thanks for the info. I haven't seen the metal type that can be serviced before, who sells them?
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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2009, 09:18:25 AM »
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Thanks Don & Talon, I kind of like the idea of using the plastic type and change them out when changing the oil.

What are your thoughts of using a filter on each side of the fuel pump? Good idea or overkill?

Its cool bouncing ideas off guys who have been there before, it saves making mistakes.

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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2009, 09:40:24 AM »
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glass ones tend to leak also
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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2009, 11:51:26 AM »
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Thanks Don & Talon, I kind of like the idea of using the plastic type and change them out when changing the oil.

What are your thoughts of using a filter on each side of the fuel pump? Good idea or overkill?

Its cool bouncing ideas off guys who have been there before, it saves making mistakes.

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I run one just out of the tank, and another prior to going through the firewall.  It could be overkill, but with a 50 year old car, I figured why not.
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« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2009, 07:38:50 PM »
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"What are your thoughts of using a filter on each side of the fuel pump? Good idea or overkill?"
Not good Shocked : http://inertia.org/ACVWJYRO/acvwjy/burnmail.htm  Wink ,the filter(s) should always be placed only on the low pressure draw side of the pump out of the engine compartment,everything on the high pressure side of the pump needs to be checked for integrity and properly clamped so as not to pinch through the hoses Wink .

"Its cool bouncing ideas off guys who have been there before, it saves making mistakes."
I got burned by the brass fitting on the outlet side of the pump popping out of the pump at speed,90 something MPH and Kaboom! Shocked ,the back seat's on fire Shocked ,not good and never repeated,build safe bro Wink .
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« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2009, 06:03:49 AM »
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I really think a point that needs to be brought up in this thread is use quality fuel line also.
What we see a lot of is cheap fuel line with fuel filters hose clamped on too tightly.
This causes the fuel line to get crushed and get brittle.

We use cloth braided line here at the store.
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« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2009, 12:00:40 PM »
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Buggyman, thanks for the great response! The "burnmail" thread was super interesting and really gave me a heads up on the whole topic of fuel lines and solex carb inlet tubes. Metric hose with fuel clamps everywhere! ALSO, NO FUEL FILTERS IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT!!!

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Thanks again for your response!

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« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2009, 12:10:26 PM »
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Don, Thanks for your input on the braided fuel line. Yup, i'm using the braided line with clamps, It looks like after reading the responses I have to move my fuel filter out of the engine compartment of my fibreglass buggy.

Fibreglass probably torches up pretty quickly!

Thanks again for your input!

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