Slippery Fuel Lines

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Slippery Fuel Lines

Post by BigSwede » Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:22 pm

I'm getting ready to replace the fuel hoses & filter on my GL1100 Interstate. I read the How-to and have the NAPA 3011 filter and bought some stainless steel braided hose. The hose's lining is PTFE and it's very slippery, when I put it on the filter and tighten the hose clamp (as tight as I can get it) I can still pull the hose off the filter's nipple pretty easily. Since this would be "A Bad Thing" (see WingAdmin's various pics of melted bikes :o ) should I use some kind of adhesive like silicone or something? Or should I just forget the fancy stuff and go with good old rubber fuel line?

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Re: Slippery Fuel Lines

Post by RoadRogue » Wed Jan 25, 2012 3:27 am

gasoline will eat silicone sealants ,turns it to jelly. If you can try removing the braided line from the tube,just push it from one end(wear gloves, the stainless wires will stab you right to the bone). Now try to slide the braiding over a piece of the gasoline rated rubber hose. Looks the same and you wont have the slippery problems. Remember push the braiding off, it gets bigger if you push and smaller when you pull. thats how I did mine.
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Re: Slippery Fuel Lines

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:37 am

I suppose you could take a small rat-tail file and abrade the inside of the fuel line at the ends, to scrape the PTFE coating away from the inside of the line - then blow/rinse the shavings away before installing.

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