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Old 06-02-2013, 15:29   #91
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Re: Racor Fuel Polisher

DotDun can you post a link to Parker's claim that high flow fuel filtration does not remove entrained water?
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Old 06-02-2013, 15:52   #92
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So the whole sales pitch about the turbine and the Parker filters is just that, a sales pitch and nothing else? The Racor literature says this about that.

TURBINE SERIES - FUEL FILTER/WATER SEPARATOR (MARINE) - Parker

Their literature also says this.
Again, the emphasis is mine.

1) You are asking the wrong crowd. I doubt if Parker is monitoring this thread.

2) I don't have any of those filters and I wonder how many small engine sailboats do.

3) I wasn't about to invest the $$ in the kind of system that requires those filters. Nick built a beautiful system on Jedi, I don't want that!

4) It has never been claimed the FPM was a solution for everyone. I'm positive there are applications where the FPM is not a fit.


Jeeesh....
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DotDun can you post a link to Parker's claim that high flow fuel filtration does not remove entrained water?
Parker Fuel Polishing Module - Prevent Fuel System Corrosion
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Old 06-02-2013, 19:47   #94
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Zee... I was obviously talking about eliminating the pickup issue.... Guessing larger ss bearings like 3/8-1/2".... modifying any pickup tube to eliminate chance of blockage or restriction.... just wondering if it has been tried???
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I like your idea. What about glass marbles, they come in larger sizes and wouldn't present the problem of dissimilar metals. Cheap too.
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The people at Racor will not answer specific questions in my emails.
I'm currently experiencing the same issue, would like some answers from Racor relating to filters/water separators but no joy.
I can't say I would be happy.
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Re: Fuel Polisher - couple of questions ?

Not sure this warrants a new thread - so will add here.

Been watching forum advice on Fuel Polishing. Planning to build my own parallel circuit. I dont have any additional feeds to use from fuel tank and will not be adding any. Already have Separ filter in main fuel line.

Consists of - Tee'd spur draw from main engine feed line (near tank), Solenoid 2 way valve (opens spur when pump switched on) + 12v fuel pump (max 6PSI), into Racor filter unit & return into Tee'd engine fuel return line. Engine is a Yanmar 4JH4-TE.

Have couple of Noob questions - appreciate advice .. clarity..

1. Currently, the Yanmar uses a mechanical fuel pump to draw fuel from tank. Are there any consequences to adding an additional 12v pump to this line, which I guess, would increase pressure of fuel reaching the Yanmar pump ? Can the Yanmar mech pump deal with a positive pressure on the input?

2. if I run the polishing circuit whilst the engine is running - with the 12v pump in the spur - I am assuming I could starve the engine of fuel (8mm fuel line) - hence question on placing 12v pump in main line.

3. If I am pumping the polished fuel back into the existing engine fuel return line - is that OK ? Is there a problem of this line being under pressure and fuel being pushed back up towards the engine and into wherever it comes from ?

hope thats clear and thanks for any friendly advice or comments ...
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Re: Racor Fuel Polisher

What do you thing of 3 Racor 900's in series with a 180 gph pump

Filters 30, 20 and 10

What 12 volt Pump to use ? 2 Walboro 60 GPH IN PARALLEL ?

Thinking of cancelling my order for ALGA SMART FUEL POLISHER 80 GPH for the above cheaper arrange and looks like a better Polishing system.
Experienced feed back please.
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I made a DIY fuel polishing system for my Valiant at the same time that I installed a couple of plates in the top of the fuel tank (one on either side of the baffle). I also took the opportunity to install a second fuel outlet pipe very close to the tank bottom.

I installed the plates, used a putty knife on the end of a piece of PVC pipe and scraped the crud out. I then used a Swiffer with a shop rag wrapped around it and soaked in lacquer thinner to clean up the remaining stuff. I had to put aluminum foil around the plastic Swiffer to keep the lacquer thinner from melting it. I then bought a 110vac pump from Harbor Freight, hooked it up to the new fuel outlet via an old Racor 500 filter that I had laying around, and fired it up. I ran the polishing system outlet hose back into the tank through one of the plates. Works great...and cheap!

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Re: Racor Fuel Polisher

To follow up on my experience with the FPM 050. The folks at Parker, "after extensive testing", replaced my FPM 050 with a new unit. The unit is sitting in a friend's basement in Maine.
A few weeks ago I finally got around to assembling a low tech fuel polisher that has been described often on this forum. I used a Walbro pump rated at 43 gph, and a Racor FG500 rated at 60 gph. The pump pulls fuel through the filter. This simple set up is mounted on a piece plywood. Using 3/8" fuel line I am able to reach the bottom of my tank with both intake and return. I can also use the unit to pump from jerry cans into my tank. This is important to me because I often fuel up from jerry cans. The polishing unit stores inside a 5 gallon plastic pail when not in use.
I should have built this set up years ago. I simply couldn't be happier with it.
In preparation for this project I had purchased the necessary three way valves and fittings so I could have installed the system in-line on my engine. I could always do that later, but, right now this off line method seems pretty nice. From now on nothing goes into my tank that hasn't traveled through the FG500.
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Re: Racor Fuel Polisher

My brother sent me this link some time ago about fuel filtration that I thought the group might enjoy. There are other options besides Racor. http://www.sbmar.com/articles/marine..._seaboard_way/

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Re: Racor Fuel Polisher

Good thread. Building my fuel polishing rig now. MaineSail, where did you source your vacuum gauge? Thanks again for everybody's efforts.
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Good thread. Building my fuel polishing rig now. MaineSail, where did you source your vacuum gauge? Thanks again for everybody's efforts.
A New Fuel Tank & Polishing System - SailboatOwners.com

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Don't know if a source is in this link, but try McMaster Carr for starters.
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