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Old 03 July 2011, 16:50   #1
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Opinion on fuelfilter

For my project I am looking for a good, easy and high quality fuelfilter/water separator in my boat. The engine is a single suzuki 250- any advise out there on which one to buy??

Thanks beforehand! Gabor
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I cannot recommend a water separating fuel filter enough, we have been fitting them for years and they have proved their worth time and again.

29 quid for the clear bowl type, so you can easily see if you have anything in there.
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Racor S3213 is what we always fit with the clear bowl on the bottom. These are recommended by Mercury. I have only ever seen the Delphi 296 filters fitted to diesel engines!
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I have only ever seen the Delphi 296 filters fitted to diesel engines!
Probably 2/3rds of the (petrol) RIBs around here have them on the transom. I prefer to put them away somewhere as they do corrode, but then they need to be accessible too.

Do you have any insight into possible ill effects that using this filter for petrol Rob?
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thanks for the input !

I had the same impression on the Delphi filters (i.e. diesel use only) , however I noted that one of the boats at our yachtclub (an ex lifeguard tornado) was fitted with one and that boat has a 90 hp yammie 2 stroke petrol engine and pretty sure that system has been used for some time on that particular boat.

I have the opportunity to put the filter in a watertight but good reachable place(which is called former engine compartment) so I am not worried that they will rust away that quickly once installed.

I/we have the space, time (and willing to adjust our budget) to do it 'right' but i prefer to do it 'right in one go'. For example: I know SEPAR filters are big investment for an inboard diesel but i think they are really worth the investment once installed. I want to avoid making a mistake by going 'cheap' now and facing consequences from it lateron.

My conclusion reading above : there is no real reason with gasoline filters to go for 'expensive is better' optiona, correct?
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Racor S3213 is what we always fit with the clear bowl on the bottom. These are recommended by Mercury. I have only ever seen the Delphi 296 filters fitted to diesel engines!
That's what i use

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Racor S3213 is what we always fit with the clear bowl on the bottom. These are recommended by Mercury. I have only ever seen the Delphi 296 filters fitted to diesel engines!
That looks identical to the Suzuki branded version I have in mine. Located in the console and never had a problem with it. Pricey through Suzuki but a good size and easy to renew the element. No fiddling with bolts, just screwed on by hand. My previous boat had a Delphi an the transom which corroded and really wasn't up to the job IMV, especially when externally mounted.
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i was a racor or separ man until i was shown one that yamaha do, it's all plastic body and paper filter makes it a fraction of the price of the others, another good thing is that it has an orange ring in the bowl that floats in water and not petrol, you can see it in a glance
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I'm interested in suppliers at the "fraction of a price" bit - all the ebay sellers seem to want about 75 (like this Yamaha Water Separating Fuel Filter, 50hp - 115hp | eBay UK) !
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that's the one and thats cheap, separ or racor you won't get much change if any out of 200
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