Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: West Milford, NJ, USA
I'd leave it in.
At first, when I got into the K-bikes with internal fuel filter, I also entertained the idea of moving it out. Then, though, I decided that it is better left alone.
Internal filter is used mainly for the sake of space-efficiency and to avoid problematic leaks. It is routine on fuel-injected cars and that is probably why it was a logical move to the bikes.
As for my decision to leave well enough alone, I do not expect to have to look at the filter on the road. Normal service intervals are so long that we always have the luxury to work on it in the comfort of our garages. If that need for service happens on the road, I'll probably have so many other issues to attend that pulling the tank will be a minor one.
However, most importantly in my position against the move, is the risk of leaks. I already experienced some small seeps and one major blowout from the injection hose connections.
Yes, the blowout was caused by me using worm-drive clamps (which loosened) instead of the crimp ones, but there is alway a possibility of some screw-up, no matter how careful you are. And let me tell you, sitting on a bike while your leg is being power-washed with high-test gasoline is an interesting experience.
My 2 cents.
Robert in Northern NJ
'09 R12GS, '08 R12RT, '03 R1150RT, '01 F650GS - time to thin the herd?
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