Join Date: May 2006
Location: Coronado, CA, USA
Fuel Cell Installation Questions
My 99 LT was owned by an IBA rider who had apparently installed a fuel cell. I figured this out the first time I removed tupperware on the right side and saw the t-connector that had been installed on one of the two fuel lines under the tank (right side) and the fuel line that ran aft from the t-connector to a shut-off valve under the right side of the passenger seat.
So I am thinking installation of a fuel cell should be a breeze since the plumbing is already in place. I order a fuel cell from Sampson and the hardware kit for a gravity feed system (cause I heard bad things about relying on pumps).
Yesterday I receive my fuel cell and an e-mail from Sampson. Terry Smith is kind enough to e-mail some installation instructions that describe how to drill and tap right into the existing fuel tank, which apparently is how he thought I would be installing. I suggest I already have the plumbing in place to simply connect on one of the existing fuel lines and he suggests that won't work without a pump.
The instructions sounded like the drilling took place on a metal tank which I of course do not have.
So here I am, t-connector on fuel line, fuel line running to back of bike with shut-off valve, fuel cell delivered from Sampson, hardware kit from Sampson for gravity-feed set-up, and questions...
Can I tap into fuel line with gravity feed system or must I connect to tank? Is the line where the previous owner installed the t-connector the return line?
Should I/can I drill into the existing tank somewhere?
Should I exchange the gravity feed hardware for the hardware set that includes a pump?
I am relying on you all as I have found you to be much more responsive than Terry Smith at Sampson (not to knock Terry, just fact). A part of me wishes Terry might have discussed this with me after accepting my $700+ and before shipping what is apparently the wrong hardware. Well, what do I expect for $700+ these days?
99 K1200LT "Gerti"
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