Informal survey; Use a non-OEM fuel pressure regulator?
I can well imagine; I will consider myself lucky in light of that, Ghyber. Thanks again.
Whichever way I go I'll certainly follow up here with an installation report; hoping to rustle up a review or two of the generic FPR substitution soon in case anyone following this has used one.
Sudden slight change of plans!
Out of curiosity I decided to track down the original source of my FPR substitution to locate the recommended brands and part numbers.
Long story short:
Two different sources confirmed that either a [B]Napa/Echlin 21709A [/B]
or a [B]Standard PR134 [/B]would work fine in [I]any[/I] early K (brick).
With further curiosity and diligent searching I also learned that the Standard PR134 is OEM equipment on many different cars ranging from late 1970s Porsche
911s to VW Vanagon and Super Beetles as well as JEEP, AMC, Chrysler, Audi and Jaguar models in the late 1970s to mid 1980s.
I decided to take the plunge and try a brand new PR134. The lowest SHIPPED price was $51.08 on Amazon.com (with FREE Super-Saver Shipping) and the next best was RockAuto at $53.03. One on ebay was $64.83 with free shipping and there were a couple of places that had them as low as $47 but with shipping they were back up to $55 or thereabouts.
So one is on its way to me via Amazon and I've no doubt it will be here in a few days even though they claim their Super Saver shipping is 5-8 days. Even when I ordered things in Hawaii that way they arrived so fast I'd have to duck...
Thanks again, Don for encouraging me to try a substitution out. I'm still going to buy a used one if I can get it for dirt cheap (and it looks like I will) so at least I'll have a backup on hand from now on. I think the new Standard will be just fine as it has been used in so many different fuel injection systems over the years.
If it's good enough for Porsche, VW and Audi I reckon it'll be just fine in my beloved [I]Berlina[/I].:dance
I'll give a full report once it's installed and running, too.
PS: Forgot to mention that the Standard is absolutely identical in appearance and dimensions to the OEM BMW FPR, even has the M12x1.5 mounting thread on the top.
Also, I just realized that a new OEM would cost me at least $162 with the 7% tax we pay in ABQ if purchased at the dealers so I am buying the Standard actually [I]at less than 1/3rd the cost![/I] Makes for a darn good argument to try one out assuming it'll work just as well, doesn't it?
Pictures of Replacement Part
You should post a picture of the replacement FPR. I am sure many, including myself, would profit from your thorough experience and newly acquired knowledge on replacement parts. If the FPR is $162 in the US, I am scared to even ask how much it would sell for in Canada.
Get us some pics if you can, they are easy to post. I followed the advice of some members of this Forum and got a free Photobucket account into which I upload the pics from my computer and then "tag" them as required for various threads.
Woeful surprise + water pump question now
Well, I got the brand-new FPR installed and guess what; the bike is still screeching like mad once it's warmed up and the fan starts to come on!
I can't tell you how disheartened I am now, after spending so much time, energy and dollars that I couldn't really afford to spend in the first place---to no avail[I] still[/I].:banghead:banghead:banghead:banghead:violin
The noise seems to be coming out of the front of the engine as far as I can tell and I would say it's the fan bearings going out except for the fact that the screeching occurs sometimes before/after/during I can hear the fan going. If it was happening only when the fan is on then I'd have the answer but sadly that is not the case.
[B]So my question now is, could it be the water/oil pump bearing going out? Has anyone had a bearing in that go out and if so, did it sound like a stuck pig? Was it intermittent over a period of months?[/B] (this actually started happening late last year in Hawaii when I was down in warm/hot sea level places---but never up in the cool rain forest where we lived at 4000 feet):dunno
As always, any ideas or help is vastly appreciated.