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Old 30 November 2008, 17:35   #1
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Change Ribcraft fuel hose - How Hard is it?

My 5.85 Ribcraft has had fuel starvation problems for ages. The last remaining unchecked part of the fuel system is the underdesk hose, which is contained within an umbilical with all the control cables, hydraulic steer, etc. There is a rope in there as well.

Has anyone changed out the fuel pipe on a Ribcraft or similar boat? Did it take long and did you have any help?

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Old 30 November 2008, 18:17   #2
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It should be quite straight forward, turn off the fuel with the isolator if fitted,
cut the hose inside the console, cut the tie rap around the collar and tape the new hose to the existing hose making sure of a good connection, coat the new hose with fairy liquid or vaseline and pull the hose through from the back.the new hose should find its way through quite easilly, If you feel it getting to tight pull it back a bit from the consul end and try again.
At least if the two hoses get seperated youve allways got the draw string as backup. I shall be doing similar with mine this week, fitting the new plotter and sounder.make sure you go for 10mm fuel hose. Good luck.
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... coat the new hose with fairy liquid or vaseline ..
I wouldn't coat my hose with these products.
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My 5.85 Ribcraft has had fuel starvation problems for ages
Why not phone Ribcraft?
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Why not phone Ribcraft?
I met them at the Boat Show 2 years ago and they tried to blame the engine....
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I just replaced the fuel line on my Osprey as I needed to run some 10mm to replace the 9mm to avoid any warranty issues with Evinrude

I bought an inline joiner that was a nice tight fit and joined the new to the old and then used some fairy liquid to coat the hose before pulling it through.

I have heard stories about the salt content of washing liquid etc however seeing as there is nothing in the trunk that could rust I decided not to worry too much.
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I have heard stories about the salt content of washing liquid etc
Really?

Considering how much salt water usually gets into raceways on boats, I wouldn't think that would be much of a concern at all, assuming the rumors were right about salt in washing liquid (I assume that's like dishwashing liquid.)


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Really?

Considering how much salt water usually gets into raceways on boats, I wouldn't think that would be much of a concern at all, assuming the rumors were right about salt in washing liquid (I assume that's like dishwashing liquid.)


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Thats why I did not feel too concerned.
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used some fairy liquid to coat the hose before pulling it through.
Christ how tight is your duct packed and what with
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Its not the the duct is completely stuffed its just that when you try to drag a rubber hose through it tends to drag against all the other cables etc. So a little bit of washing up liquid makes the job a damn slight easier.
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