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post #1 of 13 Old Jun 24th, 2006, 10:19 pm Thread Starter
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Fuel Filter HELP :)

I think I might have put my new fuel filter in backwards. I forgot to pay attention to which way the arrow was pointing when I took the old one off. I put it in with the arrow pointing away from the fuel pump. 'Zat wrong (cuz now she won't start).

I figure it's either that I screwed up the fuel filter, reconnected the fuel lines incorrectly, or forgot to plug something back in.

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post #2 of 13 Old Jun 24th, 2006, 11:08 pm
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Arrow should face towards the U shaped hose. Just did this on Roger's bike. Me thinks you may have forgotten to re-connect the wires.



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You pretty well covered the possible problems. The only thing now is to take it back off and see what might be the problem. Be sure and check the electrical connections also.
That just Sucks! to have to do it all over.
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Okay, so I pulled it all apart again. There are 2 fuel line connectors and I decided that there's no way physically possible to get these connected wrong. I have the fuel filter in correctly. There are 5 electrical connectors on the bottom of the tank, 2 pairs of which fit together and one that doesn't appear to connect to anything.

The sensor wire at the top of the tank is connected.

When I turn on the key, I can hear the fuel pump bringing the system up to pressure. All my indicators light up per normal, and the starter turns. The engine, however, doesn't start.

Anyone have any suggestions as to what I should look at? Should I be able to start the bike without the stingray hooked up? (I would think so.) I also have the seat off and the seat heater wire isn't connected. Didn't think that would be a problem either.

Please help, I'm very frustrated. I have the Paul Sayegh videos, and if I had to I guess I could speed through the video to see if I have everything connected right...
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There are 5 electrical connectors on the bottom of the tank, 2 pairs of which fit together and one that doesn't appear to connect to anything.
The one that doesn't appear to connect to anything is for adding an extra power socket, like the one on the left side. You sure you didn't mix that one up with the fuel pump wires?



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The one that doesn't appear to connect to anything is for adding an extra power socket, like the one on the left side. You sure you didn't mix that one up with the fuel pump wires?
That's a good suggestion. Also, check to make sure you aren't in reverse!!
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Another thought, don't reuse OEM clamps. You might have installed the filter, only to have one of the hoses blow off. That can be a real bear on the side of the road, in the middle of the night, with sideways rain in BFE.



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Maybe it is a silly question but I need to ask the obvious... Did you put the fuel back in the tank when you were done?

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Another thought, don't reuse OEM clamps. You might have installed the filter, only to have one of the hoses blow off. That can be a real bear on the side of the road, in the middle of the night, with sideways rain in BFE.
You get the cigar, Grif. That's exactly what happened. I pulled out the pump assembly and the hose opposite the pump had blown off. Worse, the hose clamp is nowhere to be found. I hope that having a loose hose clamp rattling around in my fuel tank isn't a problem, because I'm sure as heck not going fishing for it.

Anyone see a problem with me replacing the OEM hose clamps with the little screw-to-tighten types you can get at Autozone? My understanding is that you need a special hose clamp tool to do the OEM ones, and I ain't got one.

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Anyone see a problem with me replacing the OEM hose clamps with the little screw-to-tighten types you can get at Autozone

That is exactly what you should do. Just don't overtighten them and damage the hose.

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