*#@%* EMGO Fuel Filters...!!


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*#@%* EMGO Fuel Filters...!!

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Took a 2,200 mile trip to Colorado last week...Pikes Peak and all....on the way back our 97 1500 started running a little strange...running strong for long stretches and then running like it was starving for fuel or something...dropped the speed from 65+ to 55-60 and it was fine the rest of the way home...
THEN, decided to look at the fuel filter...bought a new one at the Honda shop...took the old one out and guess what...?? It rattled like a PVC valve.....cut it open and found out that the filter element that had been glued at the exit end, had come UNGLUED...the gas from the tank was, therefor, passing around the filter medium and going into the carbs unfiltered...+ there was certainly a small amount of glue residue going into the carbs also...SO, I will not ever buy a slightly less expensive EMGO filter ever again..ever...!!!!!!!


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Re: *#@%* EMGO Fuel Filters...!!

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This is a very well-known and common problem. Have a look at these threads:

Emgo fuel filter failures

EMGO Fuel Filters Revisited

I would advise running a fairly strong dose of Seafoam through your fuel tank to try to clear out whatever adhesive may have made it through into your carburetor jets.
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Going out to put Seafoam in it now...right now..
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Re: *#@%* EMGO Fuel Filters...!!

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Hopefully you caught it in time. I had a similar experience with an Emgo letting go and fortunately have not had any carb problems as a result.

I was under the impression that Emgo filters for the 1500 were no longer available.

For me I'm sticking to OEM.
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Yah, well....I put the filter in 2008 and I guess it lasted until now....after I first got the power/fuel loss feeling last week at 65/70 mph...we drove another 500 or so miles with no problem at 55/67...put the Seafoam in it yesterday and ran it for a few...Man, that is one ugly looking mess inside the "failed glue" filter....saving it for now...
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Wow! I changed my filter a while ago, After readying this I'm changing it just for insurance!! (I don't know what brand the old one is)
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I had to pull the carbs from my 76 while at a meet and greet in Eureka Springs, Ar. 250 miles from home 3 or 4 years ago. Pieces from the Emgo were big enough to clog the passages inside the plenum as well as clogging the float valve screens. Had to split the plenum to get everything out. Turned out okay though. I held an impromptu training session on a picnic table.
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Oh, good grief!....on a picnic table...!!!! Eghhhaaaaa.....thats all I can say...I'm not sure that doing that on our 97 would be as easy to do...In any case, we drove it over 500 miles after the "incident" took place...so I think it is ok..I hope....
Going in next week to get the wing serviced...we have 110,000 on the timing belt and I guess it is time to do that also..


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