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leaking fuel out of right side

Yesterday i noticed the bike smelled like it was running very rich. Today I get to work and notice gas all over the lower right side plastics. Is there a known issue I should be looking for?

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post #2 of 24 Old Jul 27th, 2010, 1:26 pm
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Re: leaking fuel out of right side

Look at those plastic fuel connectors. Everyone suggests replacing them with the brass ones.
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Sorry to hear about that Dewey... You need these.

Once you get the right side plastic off, it's a matter of minutes to fix.

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Re: leaking fuel out of right side

Or if you like your money you can get this (Part# 5478K419 from McMaster-Carr). You'll also need the Viton O-rings (Part# 9464K16).
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Or if you like your money you can get this (Part# 5478K419 from McMaster-Carr). You'll also need the Viton O-rings (Part# 9464K16).
I would not expect these to have the shut-off valves that the more expensive QD's have however. And that is something you WILL want for whenever you need to remove your tank!

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I would not expect these to have the shut-off valves that the more expensive QD's have however. And that is something you WILL want for whenever you need to remove your tank!

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...despite the fact the product description indicates they do?
I've got them on both my bikes and they do have the shutoffs just like the crappy plastic OEMs.
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Re: leaking fuel out of right side

In actuallity, BMW now has a metal male QD that will work just fine with the plastic side. P/N 13537700800 $29.72 per. The female side has never had a problem.

This will be going on mine when we rebuild it this weekend.

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Re: leaking fuel out of right side

Great! Another typical issue arises. Thank you for all the replies. Hopefully, I'll get them by the weekend. Mine as well do the Jensen radio swap since the plastics are off and my becker crapped the bed (for good) last week.

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Or if you like your money you can get this (Part# 5478K419 from McMaster-Carr). You'll also need the Viton O-rings (Part# 9464K16).
Book marked for future reference. Thanks!

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Re: leaking fuel out of right side

This would require 2 sets of the male connector ($11.00 ea.) and 2 sets of the female connector ($17 ea) for a total of $56.00 in order to change both the supply and return lines. Still saves $20.00, almost enough for a genuine BMW oil filter!

deweycop wrote: snip....since the plastics are off and my becker crapped the bed (for good) last week. endsnip. What's a becker and I'm sorry it crapped out for good!

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Or if you like your money you can get this (Part# 5478K419 from McMaster-Carr). You'll also need the Viton O-rings (Part# 9464K16).

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Great! Another typical issue arises. Thank you for all the replies.
Don't forget to replace your rubber valve stems with metal ones before they blowout. Tires set to 42 and 48. Never park on centerstand in neutral. Always stop with the front wheel straight ahead. Flush your brakes regularly.

Maybe we need to summarize all these and make it required reading when a new guy checks in.

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Re: leaking fuel out of right side

I thought I needed the females too so I orderd four complete pairs. But the male snapped right into the OEM plastic female just like it should and I haven't had any issues in several hundred miles (still early, I know). From all appearances down to the stamped initialing the plastic OEMs, the plastic McMaster-Carr equivalents and the chrome-plated brass units appear identical in all regards ceptin' the color (OEM = black, McMaster = white) and material (plastic = um... plastic, metal = metal).

For those looking to go all the way, the matching female QD part number (with shut-off valve!) is 5478K229.
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...despite the fact the product description indicates they do?
I've got them on both my bikes and they do have the shutoffs just like the crappy plastic OEMs.
Mea Culpa! I guess next time I should actually read the print rather than just looking at the price.

I am still amazed that they are available at that price. Good find!

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Re: leaking fuel out of right side

Or for just a few dollars (less than ten) go to you local marine dealer and buy brass hose joiners and stainless steel hose clamps... I did this a few months back at around 140,000 klm. I don't understand why the need for QD's when it only takes a couple of turns with a screwdriver to disconnect these fuel lines..
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Or for just a few dollars (less than ten) go to you local marine dealer and buy brass hose joiners and stainless steel hose clamps... I did this a few months back at around 140,000 klm. I don't understand why the need for QD's when it only takes a couple of turns with a screwdriver to disconnect these fuel lines..
QDs stop the fuel flow immediately on separation.
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Book marked for future reference. Thanks!

I would do it now BEFORE you hav trouble!

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Or if you like your money you can get this (Part# 5478K419 from McMaster-Carr). You'll also need the Viton O-rings (Part# 9464K16).
Unless you have smaller fuel lines than I do, these are the wrong part. I have a 5/16" fuel line with a 7/16 OD on the male quick disconnect. These ones are for a 1/4 fuel line and a 5/16" OD quick disconnect. According to their site, they don't carry a brass QD with a 7/16" OD

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Never park on centerstand in neutral. .
John, did you mean to say "SIDESTAND"?

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Yesterday i noticed the bike smelled like it was running very rich. Today I get to work and notice gas all over the lower right side plastics. Is there a known issue I should be looking for?
It happened to my previous (2004) LT, right after the warranty expired. I replaced with OEM not knowing any better solution.
Now with my 2007 LT, it is still fine and I'm not gona touch it until I smell the fuel.
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Re: leaking fuel out of right side

Had a similar happening at the beginning of a long planned week long trip to the Smokies.
Smelled gas, then at a light noticed the gas squirting on my boot. This on Friday night. Contacted AMA for towing assistance which finally arrived 10 am on Saturday and got towed to Bob's BMW which was really jammed up. Got out with replacement of both male QD's with the new metal ones. On the road by 3:30 pm and made it it WVA for the first stop. Other than that, it was a great 8 days in the mountains. Now I have to replace the rear tire.
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I put these on a couple of weekend ago...NO O-rings required.

http://www.racerpartswholesale.com/p...ne_Disconnects

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I put these on a couple of weekend ago...NO O-rings required.

http://www.racerpartswholesale.com/p...ne_Disconnects
I bought the BMW metal replacement but these would've been nice

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Re: leaking fuel out of right side

And I followed earlier advice from Dick and Ole Toad about putting the female ends on opposite sides of their respective fuel lines.

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