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12-31-2010 05:42 PM  7 years agoPost 1
mustang67ford

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On the fuel lines on my helis, I usually use the fuel clamps at each joint. However, this looks messy especially with inline tees and filters. I am debating on replacing the clamps with small tie wraps. Any opinions?

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12-31-2010 05:53 PM  7 years agoPost 2
helinutz2

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I use small pieces of fuel line. Nice and tidy.

Rave 90 ENV / Radikal E640 / Rush 750 / Trex 600N
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12-31-2010 08:14 PM  7 years agoPost 3
petmotel

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Why do you need anything? I've never used clamps, ties, or anything else, and never had a line come off? Most fittings have good barbs on them that hold the fuel line very securely. If the fuel line is getting loose on the fittings, I figure it's time to replace it. KISS principle works well in this instance for me.

Jay

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12-31-2010 08:56 PM  7 years agoPost 4
helinutz2

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^^^
I'd have to agree with you, Jay. I have had many heli's with nothing on the fuel lines and never had an issue either.

When fresh fuel tubing is used, it does take quite a tug to come off.

Cheers

Rave 90 ENV / Radikal E640 / Rush 750 / Trex 600N
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12-31-2010 09:43 PM  7 years agoPost 5
mustang67ford

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I used to fly without clamps with a plank and noticed on one plane the fuel line caome off quite easily but the line itself seemed very flimsy. I then decided to add the clamps and never got out of the habit. I agree, the lines on the heli are tight without clamps. I am now using fuel line as clamps. My purple fuel line with red fuel line clamps looks pretty good.

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12-31-2010 11:46 PM  7 years agoPost 6
Dr.Ben

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Order a bag of silicone or Viton orings of the correct ID from MacMaster-Carr (not $$$). It makes for a tidy and very secure connection.

Ben Minor

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01-01-2011 04:04 PM  7 years agoPost 7
Four Stroker

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That's a great idea Ben. Silicone are easier. I have indeed had fuel lines blow off. I re-plumb my heli's each year. Some of them are really old. Also good for fuel filter seal replacement.

3/16 " ID works fine on Aerotrend Medium.

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01-01-2011 06:13 PM  7 years agoPost 8
BigMc70

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I use zip ties have for three years now and haven't had a single issue. The trick is just get them snug don't horse on them and you can get them in cool colors to add a little bling.

Raymond McFaul
Team Grand RC

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01-03-2011 03:16 AM  7 years agoPost 9
JWatson

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Ben,

Do you have a size and Part number handy for say, Medium fuel line?

Thanks,

Jarrett

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01-03-2011 03:50 AM  7 years agoPost 10
Glenn Goodlett

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I like the O ring idea. Do they hold up well over time.

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