Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Hiawassee, GA, USA
Re: Life span of plastic quick disconnect
I contacted CPC, hoping they would have some test data, but no. Here is my question, their reply and my reply to their reply.
and my reply to their reply
So, as the manufacturer of these quick couples, you have not done any testing to determent when they should be replaced. My experience is that these parts don't show any external signs that they are about to fail. I have replaced 3 of them. one was only weeping, one was spraying gas and one broke completely off. all were being ridden at the time they failed. If no testing has been done, we have to rely on the in use failure rate, and hope no one gets burned, literately. I'm going to guess I should contact BMW to see if they have any data on in use failure rate.
The answer to your question really depends on a number of things, climate, storage conditions, maintenance, if you have an older model it probably is time to change them out. We suggest contacting a company called Fast by Ferracci, they are the best source for aftermarket CPC parts for your bike.
Question about the plastic fuel line quick disconnects found on BMW motorcycles.
What is the service life of these fittings.
Does any one here have any data on in use failure rate? I have read every thing from replace at the first service, to,,, well I haven't read any thing about a upper limit. Even CPC used the term " older model" How old is older?
I can say that 15 years is to long, 10 years probably to long. So, is 5 years 15,000 miles about right? Does mileage even come into the mix?
Mechanic improper handling, maybe, you can break almost any thing. My 01 K12LT has had the tank off and on many times, my 05 K12S, as far as I know, only had the tank off once, for the fuel pump recall.
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