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Fuel Flow Meter Installation
|Author||Topic: Fuel Flow Meter Installation|
posted 10-09-2009 02:48 PM ET (US)
I’ve done a little searching on how difficult it is to install a Northstar fuel flow meter. And, while I’ve found a lot of back and forth on different brands, I have not been able to answer a fundamental question: Can someone like myself -- who is comfortable with sandpaper, but scared stiff of electrical tape -- do the job? Does it involve a great deal of wiring to get the job done or is it designed to be a bit more plug and play.
Posters have mentioned that the installation was easy, but I don’t know if that was coming from the standpoint of you engineering types or those among us with a more liberal arts bent.
posted 10-09-2009 04:20 PM ET (US)
I found the installation pretty easy. Here is a step by step of the installation of a NorthStar F210 on a Montauk 170.
posted 10-09-2009 04:29 PM ET (US)
I should have included the following detail.
I'm NOT good with electrical work.
You will need to install the sensor AFTER the fuel filter/water sperator. If you don't have one you'll want to install one. You'll notice my step by step focuses on the filter install. The Northstar fuel flow sensor and gauge took a back seat to the filter install because it was so plug and play.
posted 10-09-2009 05:14 PM ET (US)
Thanks – thanks makes me feel a little better about my purchase. I have a fuel filter in there, so I think I should have an easier go of it.
Where does the unit draw its power from? Straight from the battery, through the wiring harness or something entirely different?
posted 10-09-2009 08:39 PM ET (US)
Most electronic instruments on a small boat are wired to the boat's battery via a branch circuit from the secondary power distribution center.
posted 10-10-2009 06:09 PM ET (US)
I simply wired into my ACC switch with the rest of my electronics.
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