I have had a few emails about my fuel rig on my bike and I finally got it out of storage, I needed to do a valve job on it so while I have it taken apart I took some good pic’s so others could see how I did it. Now just to be sure these are not directions as to how it should be done. If you do it I’m sure that it will leak gas and result in a fireball explosion killing everyone within a 50 foot radius, and sterilizing everyone that sees it. So if you are actually dumb enough to do this as well, well it’s not because I encouraged you.
The tank that I used is from Racers Choice. It’s a 5 gallon tank #2050
. It currently has the stock cap, but I will be putting on the 7036B filler
. This is angled and will allow me to fill it without spilling and get a little more in the tank. With the stock filler I can only get about 4.2 gallons in it.
So here is a parts list of what I used for the plumbing:
Part # Description Price Quantity
FBM2007 -8 x 3/8"NP Male Connector $2.48 1
FBN0800 AN-8 AQP SOCKETLESS Hose - Black (per ft) $4.99 6
FBM1533 AN-8 90º SOCKETLESS Aluminum Hose Fitting $11.99 2
FBM1513 AN-8 Straight SOCKETLESS Aluminum Hose Fitting $5.99 1
FBM1532 AN-6 90º SOCKETLESS Aluminum Hose Fitting $10.99 1
FBN0600 AN-6 AQP SOCKETLESS Hose - Black (per ft) $4.49 9
FBM3741 -8 AN Cap $3.49 2
JT31706 Socket, 3/8" NPT Female- Valved 39.99 1
JT32506P Plug, -6 AN Push Lock Hose End- Valved 18.99 2
RHS-8832-06-2 -06 male AN/JIC with 2 tefflon washers and inside flow chamfer - black $4.57 1
Got all of that from hrpworld.com
. Nice folks, and were good to me when I ordered the wrong part for one of those.
I also got a shut off valve: http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/Two...YX2?Pid=search
. They are business to business only but I just made up a business name and they gave me an account. Told them I was an inventor and needed a part. I would probably have been better off just going female to female and getting the valve at Home Depot. That would require changing the part JT31706 to JT31806 NPT Male. That JT32506P was special order for me. I ordered 2 so that I can have an extra hose to transfer fuel out of the tank to another bike if needed.
I got it all plumed in and discovered that the fuel will not start to flow without a little assistance. After a mad dash around town to every auto parts store I found pep boys had a pump. Their web site sucks so I cant find it on there but here is another site that has it (cheaper too):
This pump is NPT1/8 female on both sides. I put it in after the shutoff valve and before the quick disconnect. Needed some adapters to go from the 3/8 to the 1/8 on each side, picked them up in the Menards plumbing section. I would probably have done a different set of plumbing had I known that I would need this pump. Hose between the two tanks is about 10” at from rear tank to pump and about 42” from pump to front tank.
I have an on/off switch to control it. I had speedy make me a special mounting bracket for my Zumo with space for some switches, a cigarette lighter and a Volt Meter. I used a Contura switch that I got from Eastern Beaver
I just run the pump for about 20-seconds to get the fuel flowing and then it flows till there is about a half-gallon left in the rear tank. I start searching for fuel at about 350 miles.
I had a local guy fabricate my mounting system for me. He was of the school that bigger & thicker is better. I’m not totally happy with it but it works. It does flex some. If I’m ever in the Iron Butt Rally it might not pass their flex standards. Still trying to make it more rigid, but hey I’m a computer geek and I don’t work in metal. This was seriously not cheap to have made.
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