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08-01-2007 01:08 PM  13 years ago
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LJS

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What's the Best Fuel Filter to Use?
Hi All,

I had trouble with the stock Align fuel filter. My O.S. .50 Hyper would die suddenly without warning -- like someone turned off the switch. I found the problem during break-in, so I sustained no damage because of the problem. I assume it had something to do with the fact that I am using the O.S. bubbless clunk in combination with the Align filter. Or maybe it was just a bad Align filter.

I've been running without a fuel filter since then with great results. I double filter the fuel before it enters the tank. But now I'm thinking I had better get a fuel filter.

My questions are:
1) What is a good filter that doesn't restrict fuel flow and makes refueling easy?
2) Do you have a picture?
3) Where do you get it?

Thanks for your help.
LJS
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08-01-2007 02:15 PM  13 years ago
JRjoe

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I've used the DuBro ones for years and never had any problems...
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08-01-2007 04:10 PM  13 years ago
702nitro

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Personally, when it comes to fueling components I never trust anything that comes with the kit; Its just a matter of personal choice. I've always used T filters, it makes refueling fast and simple. Hope that helps.
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08-01-2007 04:15 PM  13 years ago
LJS

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Hey 702 nitro. Thanks for the tip. I've seen some pictures of 600Ns with T filters on them. They look like the ticket in terms of easy refueling.

However, my LHS doesn't carry any. Do you have a brand name and a mail order store where I can buy them? I'm leary of ordering one that someone else hasn't had success with. I've seen what a bad filter can do and I want to avoid that if at all possible.

Thanks.
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08-01-2007 04:36 PM  13 years ago
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08-01-2007 04:40 PM  13 years ago
702nitro

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I'm using the plastic T filters from KSJ, have had about 5 gallons through it and works good. A note about using the T filters that have the O-rings, make sure that you don't overtighten it, make sure that the filter is oriented correctly to insure proper fuel flow. As a safety check get the engine running, and watch for a minute or two for any leaks or fuel droppings.
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08-01-2007 05:47 PM  13 years ago
SC Raptorman

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I triple filter my fuel before going into the heli and do not run a filter at all to prevent problems .Oh what a feeling 3D Flying can be
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08-01-2007 06:24 PM  13 years ago
cbflys

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Filtering your fuel before it goes into the tank is a very good practice. But there are other sources of contamination that can occur after the fuel goes into the tank.

Some examples are:
- Crap from the exhaust (if you run a pressure system)
- Decomposing of the foam from a fuel magnet (if you use one)

It's a good idea to have a fuel filter on-board to catch this stuff. If you don't and it makes its way to the carb - it's going to cause you trouble anyway. It's better that the engine quits due to a clogged fuel filter rather than from debris being ingested.

If this concerns you, a fuel filter with a cuped screen has a better chance of still working even if it begins to get clogged. Even better is one that you can see through. Here is an example of one.

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08-01-2007 10:06 PM  13 years ago
inkspot1967

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i dont use a fuel filter at all on mine,my fuel can has a stone filter on it already so no need of one
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