Once Don was finished with the hacksaw, I grabbed a small metal file and cleaned off the burrs from the cutting. Don then slipped the 5/16" fuel line over both ends of the just cut fuel line. In the above pic, the rubber hoses with the red dots (and hose clamps) on them are the lines that Don secured to the factory metal fuel line. A couple of zip ties keeps everything up and out of the way. As Don mentioned, you don't want the fuel hose flopping around and getting caught up in the vehicle's suspension components.
NOTE: A local Jeepin' friend of mine, BradW (who has appeared in a write-up or two), sent me an e-mail and said that he prefers to flair the end of the metal tube to help ensure the hose staying in place. Brad builds mobile pressure washing trucks and routinely does this with the gas line used for the pump engine. He uses the end of a needle nose pliers, putting the end of the closed pliers into the metal tube and then gently opening the pliers to push open the metal line. He said it doesn't take much of a flair to really make a difference.
I snapped this pic (looking in from the driver's rear tire fender well) of the installed filter assembly. It is indeed tucked up pretty well and sits out of the way.
Wrenching time on this was about 2 hours, which included a nice break and ample time to take photos, etc. You'll probably need a friend during the install as holding the bolts in place (from inside the vehicle) while you hold the filter housing under the vehicle is a challenge for just one person.
It is my intention to pay another visit to Don's place after he has had a chance to run up some mileage on the filter. I plan to open the filter and see what it looks like inside. When I do, I'll do an update to this write-up for all to see.
So....if you are looking for a better fuel filtration and water separator setup for your vehicle, this may be just what the doctor ordered. For $69, the price is right and the quality is worth it, in my opinion. Get in touch with Ramco Performance Manufacturing and they will set you up.
Remember to TREAD Lightly!
Update: While we wait for Don to put a few thousand miles on his Rubicon before we open the fuel filter, I got hold of a couple of photos that came from Allen's '97 TJ. These photos were taken after the filter accumulated 2138 miles of drive time.
Allen's comments in regards to the photo.....
"The attached photos show crud after 2138 miles. It appears as a mixture of fuel scum, grit etc. The debris which is evident is only in the filter canister and does not show what would be contained in the filter media and filter plate. Also the fuel in the filter canister has a very slight "cloudiness" which indicates moisture (I run a 10% ethanol blend at all times) in the fuel."
During our e-mail exchange, Allen mentioned that the only thing
stopping this stuff is the screens in the fuel injectors. Kind of makes
you wonder if folks that have replaced their injectors did so earlier than
necessary just because of dirty gas? I would have thought the TJ stock
fuel filter would have done a better job than this.
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