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Hello All... :'(

About a month ago, I needed to replace a leaking gasket on my low fuel sensor. In order to replace the gasket, I had to remove the fuel tank......and to remove the fuel tank, I had to cut the stock rubber fuel injection hose (muscle and return). After replacing the gasket and during installation of the fuel tank, I realized my previously cut fuel lines were now too short. No problem I thought, it's just fuel hose....RIGHT ::)

I called my dealer (MotoFixx in CT) and ordered the specific p/n's required (muscle = 59011621A & return = 59010871A)...they did not stock bulk fuel line on rolls. I then contacted ALL the dealers within a reasonable driving distance to see if they had bulk fuel line...no gots!!! A couple weeks later, a package arrived from MotoFixx and I was a very happy man thinking everything I needed would be contained within. My luck, the muscle line was in the box but, the return line is still on back order! This problem is compounded by the fact that Ducati, in their infinite wisdom, has used a non-standard sized hose. The I.D. measures 7mm and I've searched high & low trying to find someone who carries this wacky size. I've found 6mm (too small for the barbed connections) and 8mm (too large for the barbed connections).

Does anyone know of a dealer in the U.S. (or North America) that may possibly have bulk fuel line with a 7mm I.D. rated for fuel injected use?......I want to ride again and can't wait for Ducati to cut me a piece of their master roll in Italy!!!!!!!! (which boggles my mind why the return hose is back ordered.....it's the same freak'n hose as the muscle line!!!)

Hopefully someone can help......jones'n to ride...the seasonal clock is ticking away,

jon
 

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Go get some good quality 1/4" fuel line from an auto parts shop.

If the auto parts shops nearby are "chain" stores, the folks there may not know their @$$ from a hot rock. The McDonalds syndrome...So, look for a hotrod or auto speed shop, or an auto racing shop.

The return line has no pressure in it, it's just letting the fuel run freely back into the tank. Normal running pressure on the delivery side is about 45 psi, and the pump will bypass internally at 75 psi, so that's the max pressure the hose will see.

If you get skunked on all of that, go here:

http://www.mcmaster.com/

look for SAE-Rated Fuel Inline Rubber Hose. They have SAE 30R3 Hose, 1/4" ID, 7/16" OD, 3" minimum bend radius, rated to 400 psi. Part # 5645K12. They'll sell it to you by the foot.

Of course, all of the above hose is not "Ducati", but it should work fine.
 

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Nick,

Thanks for the tip....my bike is purring again!!! ;D

Where did I get the fuel hose? I had a revelation the other night :eek: Why not use the old muscle line?...it is longer than the return and maybe I could salvage a piece long enough. Well I'm not a betting man but I was lucky this time. Once I trimmed the ends to get rid of the sliced/stretched section, I had just enough to do the trick.

Thanks again!

jon
 

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The other option would have been to install a couple of CPC DryBreak connectors and you wouldnt have had problems like this next time you had to take off the tank.
 
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