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28 Year Old Fuel Pump

Postby tom84std » Sat Sep 08, 2012 11:44 am



In a small town outside Amarillo Tx. I stopped for a break. When I turned the key to leave, I noticed the pump ticking about six times per second. I ran the bike while pouring cold water over it, on the outside chance it was vaporlocking. (late afternoon, extremely hot) That seemed to help but my better judgement told me it wasn't the whole problem I ran the remaining twenty miles to Amarillo watching it closely. It began pumping rapidly again. In downtown Amarillo it quit completely. I used my forward momentum to coast into one of those "Payday Loan" places. I looked down the block and saw An Autozone. The employees of the loan place told me it was fine to fix my bike in their parking lot.
Autozone sold me an automotive pump rated for the same pressure the bike's factory one was rated. I fitted a new filter and used some new hose to adapt the new pump into the bike's system. When the pump had failed, it did something to it's supply wiring because it was completely dead according to a test lamp (fuses good).I went back to the Autozone and purchased a roll of 16ga. wire. I used an engine mount bolt for a ground and the fusebox main buss for a B+. It was sweltering hot and my blood sugar had crashed. I went next door to a McDonalds and ordered a full quart of ice water. By then my big sister and daughter were both calling me (They both think they are my mother). I assured them I was fine. After reviving and cooling myself it was back on the road. That was three days ago. The bike's running fine with the rigged pump. I'm freezing up here (9000 feet elevation) but it's a beautiful place and lots of wonderful roads. I'm at a place with a wifi right now but I'll be back in the wilderness by nightfall. You flatlanders take care and I'll holler when I get home.



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Re: 28 Year Old Fuel Pump

Postby WA9FWT » Sat Sep 08, 2012 12:11 pm

tom84std wrote:In a small town outside Amarillo Tx. I stopped for a break. When I turned the key to leave, I noticed the pump ticking about six times per second. I ran the bike while pouring cold water over it, on the outside chance it was vaporlocking. (late afternoon, extremely hot) That seemed to help but my better judgement told me it wasn't the whole problem I ran the remaining twenty miles to Amarillo watching it closely. It began pumping rapidly again. In downtown Amarillo it quit completely. I used my forward momentum to coast into one of those "Payday Loan" places. I looked down the block and saw An Autozone. The employees of the loan place told me it was fine to fix my bike in their parking lot.
Autozone sold me an automotive pump rated for the same pressure the bike's factory one was rated. I fitted a new filter and used some new hose to adapt the new pump into the bike's system. When the pump had failed, it did something to it's supply wiring because it was completely dead according to a test lamp (fuses good).I went back to the Autozone and purchased a roll of 16ga. wire. I used an engine mount bolt for a ground and the fusebox main buss for a B+. It was sweltering hot and my blood sugar had crashed. I went next door to a McDonalds and ordered a full quart of ice water. By then my big sister and daughter were both calling me (They both think they are my mother). I assured them I was fine. After reviving and cooling myself it was back on the road. That was three days ago. The bike's running fine with the rigged pump. I'm freezing up here (9000 feet elevation) but it's a beautiful place and lots of wonderful roads. I'm at a place with a wifi right now but I'll be back in the wilderness by nightfall. You flatlanders take care and I'll holler when I get home.



Great to see you could help your self with that problem Tom. We had some extreme hot weather up here in WI,but it has now cooled down to the 50ties evenings.

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Re: 28 Year Old Fuel Pump

Postby 86GW1200 » Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:18 pm

First - watch out for your health - no, I don't want to be another mother for you!

Second - great job with your rig job.

I put the same (type anyway) pump on 17k miles (2 yrs) ao and like the results....except the pump is on when the key is on. The factory set up only runs the pump when the engine is running...safety? I wish I was bright enough to figure a way to make it like the factory job. I too have no power anymore with the factory wiring. I replaced the relay in desperation but it's still dead...oh well, I ride the bike everyday and that pump is working great.

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Re: 28 Year Old Fuel Pump

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:11 am

I would love to see you're journey, got a camera with you?

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Re: 28 Year Old Fuel Pump

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Re: 28 Year Old Fuel Pump

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:28 am

See now that is above and beyond anything I expected, the photographs were outstanding, you captured the feeling of your journey on camera and shared it with us, freakin cool man, that is so freakin cool, I loved the idea you placed on a fuel pump off an automobile , you didn't go back home like most, you went on you're way to finish what you started, My hat goes off to you for that, showing the fire and pit and bikes and scenery just blew me away, I felt like I was part of it....Thank you so much for that...I was blown away how you formated the post too..2 thumbs up....Tom thanks man, everyone's going to love these photo's...Oh and if I was the bear I run like hell too if I saw you two coming :lol: ...

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Re: 28 Year Old Fuel Pump

Postby tom84std » Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:53 am

Thank you Littlebeaver. That's actually the fourth time for me in Colorado. The first two times was on my old '79. The one I pictured in that post. I had a homebuilt trailer. I dragged that thing down some true goatpaths to get to some real wilderness places to camp. It was me, the wife,the trailer, bags and trunk and the bike always handled the heavy load more than 30,000 miles no matter the conditions or altitude.



I'm enjoying my '84 1200 but like I stated in my "Sludge Trap" post I'll always love my '79 1000.




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