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Fuel Leaks - A Rant

Since purchasing "Vicky" I have faced a constant fuel drip. I have now replaced nearly $90 in fuel lines, including lines leading to & from the fuel pump, which required removing the rear monoshock (because THAT was easy?). Still, tonight, I come home to find a puddle.

So, I did what any strapping young lad would do. I turned on the stereo to some vintage rock, laid down the cushy knee-protection work pad, carefully drained all of the remaining fuel (approximately one gallon of the original FOUR gallons of non-oxy I put in), and I started tracing my fuel lines.

After nearly 3 hours, I found the culprit!!!!

An $0.85 O-ring on the quick-connect for the return line looks terrible.

And, of course, it's *ALMOST* a standard size, so O'Riley's doesn't have a replacement. Bike bandit does, and it should be here in a week or so. I ordered several. $20 order, in fact. There are a number of them around the bike and they're ALL getting replaced, dammit!!!!

That's not to say the other fuel lines didn't need replacing. Some were leaking & others weren't far behind. But I cannot tell you how many times I've taken this tank off because of this little O-Ring.

I'm sure there are Challenger engineers who have been saying this same sentence for about 32 years. First world problems...

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Made me smile JW ... been there. Glad you found the little bugger.



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Great job, @jwinker ! I'm sure "Vicky" appreciates all of your time and effort.

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Ha! ..Go figure! ... The FrUsTrAtIoN sometimes seems offset by the utter relief under these circumstances though..don't know what to do - laugh or cry.

Well.. At least you won't need to worry about your fuel lines for a few years!

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So, I did what any strapping young lad would do. I turned on the stereo to some vintage rock, laid down the cushy knee-protection work pad.....

This passage in particular:

too classic NOT to quote!




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Follow-up! The replacement O-Rings arrived & installed on Saturday. I actually got to put some miles down on Sunday & will likely take it out for a while after work today.

I hadn't removed the old one until Sunday, but it basically crumbled in my hand. The second one wasn't as bad, but far from OK. Put it all back together and filled it up with fresh gas. What a difference!

I still don't like the way it starts, but it's getting better. It's FI, but you have to WOT to get it to fire up when cold. I guess there's an updated ECU I could pick up to help with this. For now, though, I'm just happy to have it in one piece.



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