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Clear Fuel Line

Do you guys have a problem with clear fuel line? The stuff that comes in colors, Sterns is blue for example. I mentioned it to someone and they made a face, as if it were a crime against nature.


I've used it in numerous applications. Small outboards, snowblowers, power washers, never had a problem. Used it for years in one small engine, worked fine.



What do you think? Any reason NOT to use it?
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I used it when my local mower parts store was out of stock on the 1/4" rubber hose. It hardens after time, and if it comes in contact with the exhaust/muffler while it's disconnected, it instantly melts.

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I used it when my local mower parts store was out of stock on the 1/4" rubber hose. It hardens after time, and if it comes in contact with the exhaust/muffler while it's disconnected, it instantly melts.

It does melt. I did a 15HP Outboard with it about 10 years ago, still like new. If it hardens how long would it take to go bad? I don't care either way, hose is hose, just wonderin' what everyone thought.
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The stuff I used harden in less than a year.

1986 Ariens ST522, 5hp, 22"
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Yea it hardens, I picked up some yellow stuff from a store in North Pole. Used it on my dual sport for a decade and it's pretty stiff where gas touches it constantly, though where it fits over the petcock nipples (got two petcocks on one 5.9 gallon tank on my bike) it's still soft. I haven't noticed it being brittle but I haven't tried bending it into a U.
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Yea it hardens, I picked up some yellow stuff from a store in North Pole. Used it on my dual sport for a decade and it's pretty stiff where gas touches it constantly, though where it fits over the petcock nipples (got two petcocks on one 5.9 gallon tank on my bike) it's still soft. I haven't noticed it being brittle but I haven't tried bending it into a U.

Did it leak, crack?
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they use the yellow on 2 stroke machines right from the factories so it can not be that bad .as to larger engines i prefer to stay with the double layer black fuel line ,just for safety.
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they use the yellow on 2 stroke machines right from the factories so it can not be that bad .as to larger engines i prefer to stay with the double layer black fuel line ,just for safety.

I get it. I've seen plenty of rubber go bad too, if you wait long enough. It gets spongey, some gets hard, depends on the composition I guess. Also, some braided line has cheap rubber where the gas seeps right through the rubber inside.



The only thing I like better about the clear stuff, is it's easier to work with when new. More flexible. Easier to route. Other than that, I don't see a huge difference.
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fuel lines and ethanol . that's the issue , one i will never use is the clear one with the net in it
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Did it leak, crack?

Nope, didn't crack or anything and it's still on the bike.
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