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    Fuel Line Quick Release Coupling - a good investment?

    A&S BMW sends me email-offers from time to time, the latest being a fuel line quick release coupling that is "Die Cast Zinc and Nickel Plated". Does anyone have any opinions of this being a a good investment or a waste of money?

    The reason I'm asking is that I've been led to believe the stock couplings for my 2003 R1150R are a little fragile and could be improved upon.

    They can be found here:
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    couplings

    In my experience the stock couplings are a little fragile but should hold up well if handled with care when removing and refitting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 110164 View Post
    The reason I'm asking is that I've been led to believe the stock couplings for my 2003 R1150R are a little fragile and could be improved upon.
    None of the fittings on my 2003 and 2004 GS Adventures have failed.

    Most are probably failing due to some owners trying to force them together (who knows, maybe even with pliers ) because the O-rings have swollen a bit.

    Get a pack of 20 AS568-011 O-rings from your local supplier for $2. With new O-rings, the original couplings just slip together; no force or cursing needed.

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    There are countless reports on the BMW Sport Touring and Adventure Rider forums of quick disconnect failures. Mine on my 2004 1150R broke spontaneously, but fortunately, I was close to home. The male part of the plastic connector breaks off quite easily. There are many threads on the other forums about different replacements. I replaced mine on both bikes with Omegas. Here is just one link, but there are many other threads if you do a search. I would replace them if I were you. Even BMW now recognizes the plastic ones are crap.

    http://bmwsporttouring.com/ubbthread...page=0&fpart=1
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    Where's Darcym?

    IIRC, Darcy had a failure on her R1150R, and ended up replacing hers.
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    Quick Disconnector

    So does the R1100RT have one or two quick disconnectors? I'm assuming two, it's not my bike.

    And I can tell you that those guys do break, with no notice, and suddenly your boot is soaked with fuel.
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    The quick disconnects are made in the USA by Colder. They also make these connectors in aluminum, zinc die-cast and chrome plated brass.

    Pictures and info for the metal versions at:
    http://www.colder.com/Products/Metal...5/Default.aspx

    FYI

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    Forget the plastic and the zinc

    Quote Originally Posted by 110164 View Post
    A&S BMW sends me email-offers from time to time, the latest being a fuel line quick release coupling that is "Die Cast Zinc and Nickel Plated".

    Go with solid brass at Small Parts Inc. These puppies are great!!

    http://www.smallparts.com/products/d...tions/2170.cfm
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    Couplings

    Replace with the Omega stainless before they fail, as mine did on the day the wife and I were planning to go on a long ride. You wont be sorry.

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    which coupling ???

    Do I get the double shut-off, or the single? If it is the single, which way do they install??? Thanks.

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    On 2004 RT, how many pairs of connectors would there be (I take it would be two) and what are the fuel line size 1/4", 3/16" etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 04r1150 View Post
    On 2004 RT, how many pairs of connectors would there be (I take it would be two) and what are the fuel line size 1/4", 3/16" etc.
    I presume the '04 RT is the same as the '02RT and '04 1150R. It would require two male and two female connectors. The hose inside diameter is 5/16 inch.
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    Whichever ones you go with....

    Mount them opposite directions of each other so that you can hook them back up with out having to remember which hose from the tank goes to which FI.

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