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Braided fuel hoses

vintaylor

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Decided to go the preventative route and had the fuel hoses replicated using braided hoses. Not keen on seeing my esprit go up in flames once its done :)

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Hi Vin,

what's the hose in the second pic intended for?

There are connectors at the ends so it's not the original copper tube substitute?

Giorgio

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Hi Giorgio.. My car has had a fuel line upgrade in the past using from what I gather, using the flow lock system.  The pipe you are seeing in the second image is from the fuel pump up to the carb pipes.  Then I have the flock lock system set up to the carbs.  The version of the second picture that I found on the car was a braided hose hooked up to a copper pipe and then a copper pipe to a rubber hose .. So I decided to replace the whole thing with one large braided hose.

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UHM...you need to have a threaded fuel filter ...?

Or I'm missing something?

I'm being mad with the fuel lines of the Esprit as at the time I have scrapped all my original lines and I have not any references...

Thanks

Giorgio

 

If I understand correctly the hose goes from pump to filter as for the original copper pipe and rubber hoses but if you take a look here:

http://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/topic/57335-copper-fuel-pipe-pump-to-filter/

 

you can see that if you have a threaded end on that hose, the fuel filter need to have the same connector at his end... as it was intended as a push-in and clamp fixing.

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Hi Giorgio,

 

These are the hoses I replaced photo13_zps203f750f.jpg

 

photo14_zps8f1faef0.jpg

 

As you can see the hose I replaced was basically 3 types of hoses :S I didn't have any fuel filter connected .. However I think my fuel pump has been changed at some point .. I found an invoice for this in the service history

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when comparing photo's I have a feeling that my fuel filter is located closer to the carbs.  The fuel line I have replaced doesn't seem to be as long as the one indicated in your picture

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Braided fuel lines - Hmmm. Not sure these are good as you cannot see what is going on under the braiding. If you did that on a kit car it wouldnt get a certificate and you would be sent away to put on normal fuel lines. Might not look as good but I fail to see how braiding will prevent your car going up in flames unless the pipes are rubbing. The rubber under the braiding could be much thinner than the normal reinforced lines.

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Hi Mike,

 

My original ones were completely black, so I couldn't see through them anyways.   I thought the braides would help strengthen the pipe and prevent the inner rubber for wearing out earlier

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Just a note of my own experience. I am also having a Corrado G60, and on that car I could one day sense a slight smell of fuel. I stopped the engine, let it cool Down, covered the engine compartment in rags, and took 3 pieces of fuel hose off (original). Nothing was visible at all from the outside - no cracks, no tears, no nothing. But on further inspection of the inside of the lines, they were xompletely cracked, Totally shot.There's been a few reported Corrados that went up in flames because of this problem. I naturally went to vw and got the very last set of pre-shaped original fuel lines. Problem solved.

The cracking looks like a star shape, looking fron the end of the hose. So I cannot see any defects from the ouside, and therefore there would be no difference (to me at least) to a braided hose, apart from looking nice, and protecting the surface a bit more. Maybe a slight temp difference as well. The smell will be easily detected on a braided hose as well.

The point of it all is change them before something nasty happens and change then regularely. Prevention is the thing to do I think.

So from this perspective, I am now replacing the fuel lines of my "new" Esprit se. No doubt at all. Just do it. I have also ordered braided lines. I think they are made with an fittings, and incorporate a fuel filter.

 

Cheers,

Jacques.

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