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Old 29 January 2013, 06:14   #1
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Splitting fuel line for twin engines

Just fitting twin engines. I need to get a Twin lift fuel bowl. Where the fuel tank goes in one side then two hoses come out the other side. Any ideas where I get one from?
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Old 29 January 2013, 10:26   #2
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Why not use separate fuel tanks and two bowls?

Alternatively,you can get another take-off barb for a standard Quicksilver bowl if it'll flow enough fuel. They have the threads in them and a blanking plug yoiu just unscrew,
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carefull if you run two engines of one fuel bowl, (it could make the engines run to lean)and cause damage, it would be better with two separate fuel systems as Nos4r2 suggests
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Standard Racor bracket has provisions for dual inlets and outlets. I'd go with a separate filter for each engine (at the least. I would have to think about going to separate tanks; I seem to have enough trouble remembering to monitor level in one.)

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I was thinking of taking the fuel hose to the transom form the tank then splitting it with a T connector with each one going into a separate water separator then into the engine. The engines have come with their own water separators. Will that work or do I need something else. Is a bowl a water separator ?
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What size are the motors? (hp)
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Do as you suggest above. Run a line to the transom and split to the two filters/water separators. Ensure the line is big enough diameter to supply enough fuel to both engines at WOT. Consider putting shut off valves in case you need to isolate an engine for any reason.

The order of parts should run - Tank - filter/separator - primer bulb - engine. Think about how you connect to the filter and engine etc in case you want to run either engine on an auxiliary tank for any reason. This can be done in many different ways to either connect straight to the engine or through the individual filters by using standard fuel line connectors in the desired places rather than hard connecting everything.
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Thanks hamster. The motors are 150 merc four strokes
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Mine has 2 lines coming from the sender unit in the console to 2 Racor filters that has 2 inlets so I am having 1 permanent main feed and then 2 quick connectors for auxiliary tanks.

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Mine has 2 lines coming from the sender unit in the console to 2 Racor filters that has 2 inlets so I am having 1 permanent main feed and then 2 quick connectors for auxiliary tanks.
Unless they're self sealing when unattached your gonna need several fuel taps!
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Unless they're self sealing when unattached your gonna need several fuel taps!
Have wondered about that think I will get two taps to be sure I haven't done it yet but could put a tap on and a quick connector on the tap.
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you'll also need a tap on the line from the tank
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you'll also need a tap on the line from the tank
How come if I have one between the tank and filter
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Thanks hamster. The motors are 150 merc four strokes
I would be worried about a single fuel line being able to feed these babies at WOT - should be a great rig BTW
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Mick - this is what you need - 2 x supply lines, 2 x filters, 2 x taps. Oddly, the bulbs were in different locations on either side, but it didn't seem to make any difference...
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Would have to agree with the above. I would not under any circumstances run two engines from a single supply. Must be separate supplies to feed each engine. It is also much safer in the respect that if you get any contamination in a tank then you always have a backup. As uncle al mentioned it could cause fuel starvation problems in the engines and should the engines run lean then you will have no comeback with warranty on any engine. Also remember to pipe the engines correctly I.e. no fuel primer bulbs and use 10mm Id fuel hose all the way. Will be a machine when it's ready though those engines are absolutely incredible. Good luck. Peter
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Use these if you want to be able to quickly disconnect the main fuel line and connect an auxiliary tank in place.

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I've seen a twin engine/twin tank set up use these to enable both engines to run off either tank by having a split pip with two connectors from each tank. Each filter had a brass connector for connecting which ever fuel line you like. Both engines could be connected to the same tank or run off their seperate tanks. Guess you could set up a similar system with various pipes and taps.
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Mick - this is what you need - 2 x supply lines, 2 x filters, 2 x taps. Oddly, the bulbs were in different locations on either side, but it didn't seem to make any difference...
Can't you just have the primer bulb next to the engine
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Can't you just have the primer bulb next to the engine
If you trace them out, you can see they were both ways! I guess with wee 90s on those big hoses, it didn't matter a whole lot?
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If you trace them out, you can see they were both ways! I guess with wee 90s on those big hoses, it didn't matter a whole lot?
Did you run your engines on 25 litre tanks then, no fitted tank?
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