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Old 17-12-2008, 10:51   #1
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make your own Fuel Boss

Has anyone here made there own "Fuel Boss"?

I have been planning on buying one this winter at the Chicago Strictly Sail. Some guys at the boat yard are suggesting that we make our own. They think it can be done just as well for a lot less money.

Your Thoughts are appreciated.

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Old 17-12-2008, 11:22   #2
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whats a fuel boss!
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Old 17-12-2008, 11:30   #3
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Sorry! it is actually called a Filter boss. http://www.ktisystems.com/Articles.asp?ID=122

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I'm still waiting for my vacume gauge to arrive. I have a single line from my tanks (through a three way valve) then just before the tee (you can see it between the filters) I have a shut off valve.
The two filters discharge into a three way valve then a single line to the engine.
It was eeeasy!
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Jeff,

Made my own about 19 years ago, and just replaced the valves last year (for the heck of it...had some time).

Works like a charm.

Shoot me an email and I'll send you a couple of pix....

bill at wdsg dot com

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Bill, How about posting them in the photo gallery?
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The folks at filter boss are really quite nice. I spoke to them at the recent St. Pete boat show. I asked them if their product would do me any good insofar as I already had 2 Racor 500's that could be used in either series or parallel and that my Westerbeke had its fuel pump set up with an auxilliary lead to run off of 12 volt for bleeding or supposedly fuel polishing.

The young lady's response was that with the addition of a vacuum gage there was nothing more they could do with their filter boss except having a remote to show when a filter was getting clogged.

I wish more vendors were as forthright. (Although when I stop to think, there really are quite a few really good vendors and only a handful of so and so's.)
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Cool....I would have to say the same about the Heart Tank Tender gal...Don't remember her name but so honest and helpful.
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Well...lets see some pics and descriptions of how everyone plumbed their twin racors! The FilterBoss costs almost as much as I PAID for my boat. Let's see... we take two Racors, mix in a fuel pump and a gauge somewhere, along with some valves, and try not to build a rats nest of hoses and tubes...
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Here's a nice install that I found online:
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I have spoken with the folks at Filter Boss over the phone and at the Annapolis show. I have a major project going on replacing fuel tanks and other things. I thought that this would be a good addition while working on these systems. They have been very open about sharing ideas. I like how concise their product is. It seems simple, but that is because they have put some effort into the design and manufacturing of their product. I haven't decided it I want to pay the $1500 or so for their ideas versus figuring it out myself. Thus the reason for this thread.

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Fuel Filter Setup

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Bill, How about posting them in the photo gallery?
Good idea, Chuck.

Just did that...3 photos showing completed setup and the brass 3-way valve type which was used.

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