cloth cover fuel lines for Airheads

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by walkingbear, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. walkingbear

    walkingbear Long timer

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    Went down to GOAZ BMW to buy fuel line for the R100. They only carry the new rubber ones. No longer support the other fuel line. Where can I find a few feet of the cloth cover fuel lines?
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  2. Chad M

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    I got a few feet of it with my last order to Motobins UK.
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  3. toslow

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    I get mine from a local guy that works on VW's
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  4. walkingbear

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    Would it be the 7mm or 5mm lines?
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  5. ritetwist

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    VW reair shop,or British / import repair place.
    Check tho it comes in 5,6, & 7 mm sizes.
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  6. ritetwist

    ritetwist Been here awhile

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    7 mm slides on and off easily.
    You will need a clamp.
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  7. supershaft

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    Beware: Some of it here in the states is junk. I get mine from a VW source. It says Made in Germany on it. I find no need for clamps. They fit tight enough to need that it doesn't hurt to swell them up with some gas before you take them off. Same with putting them back on. I think the stuff goes on and off better than anything out there and it has always lasted way longer for myself than many claim it does. I always cut it a bit long. When the ends get frayed, I just snip off a quarter inch and put them back on like it was brand new.
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  8. bmwhacker

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    Hucky's has the black braided 7mm fuel line for $5.50 a foot.
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  9. StmbtDave

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    Iron Horse BMW in Tucson carries it in stock. They also have the good filters that don't melt from the heat and alcohol.

    Dave
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  10. craydds

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    Here's a little trick that I do - I cut the fuel line with a sharp chisel and a hammer with one quick WHACK for a real clean cut, doesn't fray the fabric. Then I drip a tiny bit of super-glue around the freshly cut fabric ends and they never fray for a long, long time:
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  12. hardwaregrrl

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    Sweet! Nice trick. I posted this in tips and tricks if that's ok??
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    Sharp chisel, or a sharp single-edged razor blade. I use a faint wipe of silicone grease on the petcock fuel nipple, it makes removal next time you need to pull the tank much easier.

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  14. walkingbear

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    I think I will buy 21 feet and keep them in a cool place in the garage.
    Too many projects to think about buying it when I need it.
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  16. supershaft

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    By frayed ends I really meant when the rubber starts to split. I cut my line with dikes. I don't worry about the cloth fraying but I have never had much of a problem with that. I guess if it gets too unsightly I just snip the end of the line off.
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  17. R100RT Mark

    R100RT Mark Been here awhile

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    What functional advantages do fabric covered lines provide? I use 1/4" hose intended for modern fuels and fuel injection systems. Widely avaialable. Fits snugly.
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  18. supershaft

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    I think the best functional advantage they have over most lines is that they don't get hard. That and they go on and off very easily over and over again and are tight fitting all at the same time. Modern fuels? I have seen no problem whatsoever with the Made In Germany braided line and modern fuels. Fuel injection? It is definitely NOT intended for pressurization!
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  19. isdt BMW

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    7mm is the correct size for /2 /3 /5 /6 /7 it is made by Continental in Germany. you can order it in 15 meter rolls from Wurth USA in New Jersey. Only available now in black, but a silver rattle can makes it look just like it did over 40 years ago during the /2 era.
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  20. supershaft

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    I worked at a dealership that got their braided line from Wurth USA (after it was NLA from BMW). It was junk but easy to tell from the good stuff since the braid had a bigger weave to it. I wouldn't wish that line on anybody. It doesn't fit right for starters.
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