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walf posted 08-18-2007 05:00 PM ET (US)   Profile for walf   Send Email to walf  
What is the best type of in line fuel filter for use with [an on-deck] fuel tank [manufactured from fiberglass resins]?
Buckda posted 08-20-2007 10:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
There is no "best". You'll only get opinions.

You should choose an inline filter that best matches your use, space, and budgetary parameters.

Also, check your owners manual for restrictions on fuel filter use (Mercury is the only mfgr I can think of that does NOT want you using an external filter.

In my situation, I buy much of my fuel on the road (not at a marina) and am filtering fuel from both my portable and in-deck aluminum tanks through TWO filters; the dirst is that all fuel goes through an 8 dollar Tempo spin on cannister filter that is replaced every season. The fuel then goes to the motor and runs through an OEM (in this case, BRP) in-line filter on the powerhead.

Where I to slip my boat and use a lot of marina gas, I might consider the use of a more expensive filter element like Racor, with a slightly better particulate filter and larger water capacity, but I do not feel the need with my current use.

Best of luck


jimh posted 08-21-2007 09:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
With the very prevalent use of gasoline fuels today which have been diluted with ethanol, all fuel systems need to have protection against water and other contaminants in the fuel, and I recommend you use a RACOR fuel filter.

I find the RACOR filter with the translucent plastic bowl on the bottom to be a good choice. You can visually inspect the filter contents and also drain it for testing without having to remove the filter.

walf posted 08-21-2007 03:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for walf  Send Email to walf     
Where is the best place to install a Racor filter on a 2005 170 Montauk and does anyone have any pictures?
Barney posted 08-21-2007 10:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
Sorry no picture but I mounted the Racor on the inside of the motorwell, port side of my 170. It's a tight fit and I recommend test fitting by hand with the outboard up and turned at all angles before you mount. Good luck. Jim

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