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Check yer fuel lines......


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The fuel line on my '89 Bu Skier looked kind of mangy so I decided to take a look at it. Upon inspection it became clear the line was the original fuel line installed back in '89. It was stamped SAE J1527 A1 - 1988. The "1988" is the year of production. The J1527 is a quality rating (marine grade, fire/wear/corrosion resistent), A1 is also a quality rating for marine fuels (gas and diesel). USCG rules require "A1" rated fuel lines for our Malibu's I believe.

A 24 year old fuel line is waaaaaay past its due date. The gas being dished up at our fuel dock has up to 10% ethanol.....terrible stuff for our marine fuel systems as it eventually separates to the bottom of the tank, as well as being very hard on the fuel lines. If your fuel lines are older than 10 years old they're due for replacement otherwise you risk a bunch of gas in the bilge and a boat fire.

Goodyear makes a good A1 line called Flexshield. Trident also makes a high quality A1 hose. They're available for around $3 bucks/foot on ebay and other vendors in a 3/8 dimension.

Just my $.02.

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