Randakk's High-Performance Fuel Filter


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Randakk's High-Performance Fuel Filter

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jul 23, 2014 9:36 pm



Anyone who has experience with Goldwings, and in particular older Goldwings, has heard of Randall Washington, aka Randakk. Along with extensive expertise, particularly with older four-cylinder wings and carburetors, he has a number of products that he offers for sale. One of them is a reusable fuel filter - the last fuel filter you will ever buy! It is available for the GL1000, GL1100, GL1200 and GL1500: Randakk's High Performance Fuel Filter

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Some benefits of this filter, from the Randakk web site:

  • Long-life filter that lasts indefinitely
  • Aluminum case that can be "opened" without tools for cleaning / inspection
  • Removable, sintered bronze filter media rated at 40 microns
  • No internal adhesives to dissolve and fail
  • Randakk exclusive VITON internal seal
  • Compatible and impervious to any motor fuel fuel including gasoline, ethanol, methanol, nitro methane blends
  • Includes a rubber sizing sleeve to make it compatible with the typical OEM Honda filter clamp. No modifications to clamp or mounting hardware is necessary.
  • Intended for use on carbureted vehicles with mechanical or electric fuel pumps or simple gravity feed.
  • High-flow design. Rated for engines up to approximately 150 horsepower.

The filter itself is all aluminum, with no plastic or glass to wear out or break.

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The two halves of the filter unscrew, revealing the sintered brass filter element inside, and a fuel-resistant Viton seal in one side.

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The brass element can be removed so that it can be cleaned, in ordinary detergent. If severely clogged with varnish, it can be cleaned with standard carburetor cleaner.

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Looking closely at the filter, it appears to be made up of tiny brass spheres, all stuck together.

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The filter is slightly shorter than the OEM Honda filter. The existing fuel line easily reached the extra inch or so to the new filter. The new filter has a rubber ring on it to make it the same diameter as the OEM filter, so that the rubber mounting ring (bottom) will hold it snugly.

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After lubricating the Viton seal and the threads of the filter lightly with Vaseline, the filter is hand-tightened, and the rubber mounting ring is installed.

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The new filter then fits in place of the old one. The end with the knurled knob is the input, and the end with the rubber ring is the output (in this picture fuel flows from left to right). The filter will work in either orientation, but it is best to have fuel flow into the side with the knurled knob, as the filtered dirt and particulate will collect on the outside of the filter media, instead of the inside, so it will be much easier to clean.

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I found that the original OEM hose clamps (right) did not apply enough pressure to properly seal the filter on the fuel lines, so I replaced them with new screw-type fuel line clamps (left).

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The filter fit nicely into place with the new screw-type clamps.

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How well does the filter work? Well I can tell you that it doesn't leak. As for what it filters, I expect it to perform just as well as all of Randakk's products: that is, far beyond OEM specifications. In a year I will pull it out and clean it, and I will take pictures at that time to show just how much muck it has filtered out of my fuel.



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Re: Randakk's High-Performance Fuel Filter

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Fri Jul 17, 2015 8:38 pm

Hi WingAdmin,

Just came across this post - so I know it isn't quite a year yet - but am interested in buying one of these filters and would like to know how well it has worked for you?

thanks

Charlie

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Re: Randakk's High-Performance Fuel Filter

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jul 20, 2015 11:17 am

Aussie81Interstate wrote:Hi WingAdmin,

Just came across this post - so I know it isn't quite a year yet - but am interested in buying one of these filters and would like to know how well it has worked for you?

thanks

Charlie


The bike is stull running great. :) I haven't had it off yet, so I can't say for sure how difficult it will be to clean, or how clogged it will look - but given the reputation of Randakk's products, and what I saw of it when I installed it, I don't expect any problem at all.

When I do pull it apart to clean it, I'll post pictures.

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Re: Randakk's High-Performance Fuel Filter

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:21 pm

Thank you,

Would be interested in the condition of the filter - and maybe how many miles you have put on in the last 12 months as well - could give an inication of how often it should be cleaned/serviced.

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Re: Randakk's High-Performance Fuel Filter

Postby eidolon » Mon Aug 31, 2015 3:39 pm

and................... :D
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Re: Randakk's High-Performance Fuel Filter

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Aug 31, 2015 7:19 pm

eidolon wrote:and................... :D


I'll pull it apart at the end of this year's riding season.

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Re: Randakk's High-Performance Fuel Filter

Postby eidolon » Tue Sep 08, 2015 2:48 am

Went ahead and got one of these.

Easy to install.

The new clamps and a longer fuel line to the tank are an absolute must..

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Re: Randakk's High-Performance Fuel Filter

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Sep 08, 2015 8:18 am

eidolon wrote:Went ahead and got one of these.

Easy to install.

The new clamps and a longer fuel line to the tank are an absolute must..

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I didn't require changing the fuel line to the tank - why did you need a longer one?

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Re: Randakk's High-Performance Fuel Filter

Postby thomba » Tue Sep 08, 2015 9:01 am

I too had to replace the fuel line to the tank with a longer one. the Randakk fuel filter is shorter than the stock fuel filter and there just wasn't enough slack to connect to the fuel tank nipple. Worm type clamps on the fuel filter is also a must. The hoses are a loose fit on the Randakk filter and the stock clamps did not prevent a leak.
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Re: Randakk's High-Performance Fuel Filter

Postby eidolon » Tue Sep 08, 2015 11:45 am

WingAdmin wrote:I didn't require changing the fuel line to the tank - why did you need a longer one?


Fuel Line was almost an inch (1") short for me.... 94 SE...
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Re: Randakk's High-Performance Fuel Filter

Postby Thesseus » Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:00 am

Even with the standard filter a longer fuel line one can change filter with long long nosed pliers, no extras to remove, it can be done through the top of the tank.

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Re: Randakk's High-Performance Fuel Filter

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Mar 05, 2016 10:55 pm

Well it's been almost two years and about 13,000 miles that I've been running this filter on my GL1500. I pulled it apart to have a look at the condition of its filter element.

Honestly, it looked absolutely brand new. Looking at it, it looked exactly the same as when I put it in:

Randakk's fuel filter after two years use
Randakk's fuel filter after two years use

Randakk's fuel filter after two years use
Randakk's fuel filter after two years use

Randakk's fuel filter after two years use
Randakk's fuel filter after two years use


Now this had me a bit worried - normally when I replace a fuel filter, the filter element is a dirty brown, obviously having caught quite a bit in the way of impurities. Was this filter catching nothing at all?

I took the sintered bronze filter element inside and as per Randakk's instructions, soaped it up with some detergent (I used dish detergent) and hot water. A ton of crud came pouring out of the filter element - and straight down the drain of the sink! Thinking back, I should have had it going onto a paper towel, so that I could have taken a picture of it.

So it obviously works, and catches lots of fuel impurities. I washed it thoroughly, then dried it out with compressed air. I reinstalled it in the bike, and it's good to go for another couple of years!

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Re: Randakk's High-Performance Fuel Filter

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Sun Mar 06, 2016 1:14 am

Excellent,

Thanks Scott, might now look to buy one - pity about the paper towel - but hindsight is a great thing - maybe in another 2 years :)

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Re: Randakk's High-Performance Fuel Filter

Postby rockford75 » Wed Jul 20, 2016 1:05 am

Great filter!! Ive had it on my GL1100 for about 2yrs now. great investment!


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