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RHLOOS posted 04-23-2002 12:08 AM ET (US)   Profile for RHLOOS   Send Email to RHLOOS  
Upgrading to a 4- stroke kicker motor. Is it possible to put a "T" fitting in fuel line, ahead of the injection-oil tank, adding additional short fuel line with squeeze bulb for the four stroke? Has anyone tried this? Rob
lhg posted 04-23-2002 02:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I don't believe an open T would work. It has to be a 3-way valve, which will divert fuel to one line or the other. I would just switch the main engine fuel line over as needed, using necessary fittings if engines are of different brands.
humboldt jim posted 04-23-2002 11:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for humboldt jim  Send Email to humboldt jim     
My fuel/water filter separator has two out lines that supply fuel to my Optimax and 4 stroke Evinrude kicker. Works great.
Whalerdan posted 04-24-2002 07:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
I think jimh once noted that the best thing for a kicker is a seperate tank. One of the main reasons for a kicker is if something goes wrong with the main engine. That something very likely be fuel. A 4S kicker wouldn't need a very large aux tank.
Tom W Clark posted 04-24-2002 12:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

I presume we are talking about your 1996 17' Outrage. Just do as humboldt jim, myself and many others have done and tap into the extra port on your fuel filter separator and run a fuel hose and primer bulb from there. Also see:

Whalerdan, there is no "best" way, just pros and cons. An auxiliary tank is simple, effective and adds an extra measure of safety but it also takes up too much room. I wouldn't (and donít) have one if I could avoid it.

RHLOOS posted 04-24-2002 09:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for RHLOOS  Send Email to RHLOOS     
Thank's for the input. My fuel separator does have a second outlet. That will be my source. Also, my plan is to keep a 3-gal. tank aboard, stowed away in storage under helm seat. The only problem that I have had with my Yamaha OB is bad fuel. The boat sat for a month (july), covered, with about a 1/2 tank of gas. When I took it out in august, it wouldn't start. Getting fuel, had good spark, no fire! I came to the conclusion that it was fuel. New fuel separator filter, drained carbs... good as new!! Back-up fuel supply!!

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