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PVC Fuel Line - Better than rubber?

My old machine has a rubber fuel line. Should I go with this black PVC stuff or is there something better?

Watts RFIE 1/2-in PVC Fuel Hose:


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I prefer a rubber fuel line. PVC is too stiff. Also what about the fittings to the carb and stuff?

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rubber but watch out for o.d., smaller is better/easier for routing.
afaik all fuel lines are 1/4" i.d.

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Yeah... no. Clearance goods ftl.

Top-quality nylon reinforced rubber ftw.

Vinny I see a lot of 1/4 but also often 3/8.


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I switched to Gates Barricade hose from NAPA because it is designed to resist alcohol and all the other junk that's in modern fuel. From their website:

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Low-permeation, premium hose for use on all fuel systems, approved for use with gasoline, diesel, bio-diesel including soybean methyl ester (SME), rapeseed methyl ester (RME), palm methyl ester E-85, methanol, ethanol, ethanol extended gasoline, gasohol fuels and 100% alcohol.
Figure if it can run 100% alcohol it should resist E10. It is black rubber but has some additional layers inside. It does fit through shrouds on the older Tecumsehs. You have to ask for it specifically or they try to sell you the cheaper stuff.

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For what it's worth, I used PVC on an old 2 stroke outboard. Seemed to work fine. Did it years ago, still working.
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rubber but watch out for o.d., smaller is better/easier for routing.
afaik all fuel lines are 1/4" i.d.
Thanks for this. I'll go for rubber instead of the PVC stuff. By the way the 1/2" stated on the PVC product description above is for the outer dimension. The ID is still 1/4".
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I switched to Gates Barricade hose from NAPA because it is designed to resist alcohol and all the other junk that's in modern fuel. From their website:



Figure if it can run 100% alcohol it should resist E10. It is black rubber but has some additional layers inside. It does fit through shrouds on the older Tecumsehs. You have to ask for it specifically or they try to sell you the cheaper stuff.
Is this the product? I guess the outer layer is rubber and the insides are nitrile. Is it flexible enough? It's $10/foot...

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I'm always trying to find new things in life hoping to make something better. I'd give it a try however careful of the application. Tecumseh uses 1/4" id and 7 /16" od.

My local mower shop seeks Tygon, what a piece of crap. Next year it will be hard as a rock. Because of that, I use old time tried and true black rubber fuel hose.

When I need primer house i still prefer rubber. Then for small 2 cycle I use another brand other than Tygon.

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