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Old 26 May 2007, 10:51   #1
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How accurate are the Fuel Flow meters

I have an evinrude e-tec 250 connected to a Ballistic 7.8. Whilst out today I noted that at 4000 rpm the fuel flow meter was reading 50 l/h and at 5000 rpm it was reading 72 l/h. These values seem extreemly high. The figures quoted in the Rib Magazine review of the engine attached to the same boat quote 24 l/h and 36 l/h respectivley.

My question is, is my fuel flow meter giving dodgy readings or is the engine burning to much. Can anyone else with a simular setup comment on these figures.

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Old 26 May 2007, 11:01   #2
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what speed were you traveling at?

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I have an evinrude e-tec 250 connected to a Ballistic 7.8. Whilst out today I noted that at 4000 rpm the fuel flow meter was reading 50 l/h and at 5000 rpm it was reading 72 l/h. These values seem extreemly high. The figures quoted in the Rib Magazine review of the engine attached to the same boat quote 24 l/h and 36 l/h respectivley.

My question is, is my fuel flow meter giving dodgy readings or is the engine burning to much. Can anyone else with a simular setup comment on these figures.

Thanks

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Old 26 May 2007, 11:21   #3
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Today I was travelling at around 40mph at 4000rpm and 48mph at 5000rpm taken from the GPS.

Engine maxs out at just over 5000rpm
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Old 26 May 2007, 12:10   #4
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Today I was travelling at around 40mph at 4000rpm and 48mph at 5000rpm taken from the GPS.

Engine maxs out at just over 5000rpm
By my calcs then you were running at 1.4 litres per nm and then 1.7 litres per nm. Maybe not the best figures in the world but not massivley out either I dont think. My Opti 225 used to return around 1.3 and 1.5 l/nm at similiar speeds and my Verado 275 is obviously a little higher so I think it sounds about right...
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You know, you have to calibrate the fuel meter? The more often you do that, the better the results.

I have an Evinrude 250 DI 2004 with 60km/hr and 40 lt/hr at 4000 r/m and
80km/hr, 58 lt/hr at 5000 r/m.
At 5900 r/m 98 km/hr and 94 lt/hr.
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The figures from the artical ribmagazine.com big guns shootout are:

RPM FUEL CONSUMPTION
2,000 6 litres per hour
3,000 12 litres per hour
4,000 24 litres per hour
5,000 36 litres per hour

My reading are far from this.
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The figures from the artical ribmagazine.com big guns shootout are:

RPM FUEL CONSUMPTION
2,000 6 litres per hour
3,000 12 litres per hour
4,000 24 litres per hour
5,000 36 litres per hour

My reading are far from this.
I find those very hard to believe, it would put you under a litre per mile and for a 250 hp engine thats pretty amazing. Wonder how they made that calculation?
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The artical quotes the following:

YAMAHA F250 V6
RPM FUEL CONSUMPTION
2,000 6 litres per hour
3,000 12 litres per hour
4,000 21 litres per hour
5,000 48 litres per hour

MERCURY VERADO 250
RPM FUEL CONSUMPTION
2,000 6 litres per hour
3,000 9 litres per hour
4,000 21 litres per hour
5,000 72 litres per hour

SUZUKI V6 250
2,000 3 litres per hour
3,000 9 litres per hour
4,000 18 litres per hour
5,000 44 litres per hour

EVINRUDE E-TEC 250
2,000 6 litres per hour
3,000 12 litres per hour
4,000 24 litres per hour
5,000 36 litres per hour

They do seem very low figures for the size of engines.

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Old 26 May 2007, 17:34   #9
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If those figures are correct how glad am I that I have gone for Suzuki!!

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Old 27 May 2007, 05:29   #10
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I think you will find there was a "degree of controversy" over the RIBinternational article in the first place - http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=12623

There is an old "rule of thumb" that each 10HP required 1 US gal per hour at full throttle in "traditional 2 strokes". Thats about 96 L/h for a 250 HP. 4-strokes apparently use about 25% less. And the DI 2-strokes are usually claimed to have similar efficiency to a 4-stroke ... so at FULL throttle I would expect a 250 HP Etec to burn around 70 L/h.
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