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tlynch posted 06-24-2002 02:54 PM ET (US)   Profile for tlynch   Send Email to tlynch  
Is it safe to run an electrical wire to a running light (to be used as a deck light) along the fuel fill hose on a 1985 Outrage 18? I have read that you should never run an electrical wire along a fuel hose.

Todd Lynch

jameso posted 06-24-2002 03:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
I think you read right! I would never do it.
lhg posted 06-24-2002 04:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
On a classic Outrage, it is impossible NOT to run the fuel lines with the other wiring. All of these come out of the tunnel in the same place. Mercury outboards, at least, have only one rigging port into the engine, and both the engine electrical cables and the fuel line enter the engine at the same place.

Every Montauk I have ever seen has the fuel line running with the electrical lines in the tunnel, and then up to the engine.

Dick posted 06-24-2002 09:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
My Montauk has everything bundled together and I don't worry about it. I think the chances of having a problem are more remote than an asteroid hitting my truck tomorrow.

The only problem I can see is if two things happen at the same time, the fuel line springs a leak and a bare wire shorts out.
There should be no bare wires and fuel line lasts for years.

tlynch posted 06-24-2002 11:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for tlynch  Send Email to tlynch     
If I run the wire along the fuel fill hose it will actually be resting on the tank itself, does this make any difference?

I just don't want to blow up :)

Todd Lynch

Tom W Clark posted 06-24-2002 11:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

Don't worry about it. You'll be fine. Wires and fuel lines together on Whalers are the norm. The wires and the fuel tank will get along just fine too.

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