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Old 06-23-2016, 02:48 PM   #21
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The stainless steel tee handle plus the gage is a new design. Years ago the setup I bought eliminated the Racor tee handle used to tighten down the lid. Mine was pricey years ago, no telling what this new stainless steel model will cost, but if it's a Racor it will be excellent quality and a good idea if your a single screw and single filter boat.
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Old 06-23-2016, 03:01 PM   #22
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$79 each on Amazon or Defender
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Old 06-23-2016, 03:21 PM   #23
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That' a fair price. As I recall I payed more than that for my gage and fitting. But it was bought at WM during a rushed outfitting.
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Old 06-23-2016, 08:33 PM   #24
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Thought you guys might find this interesting. It's an improved way to mount a vacuum gauge on a Racor.
interested Parks - PM me when you get a price please.

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Old 06-24-2016, 10:58 AM   #25
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New Racor Product

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I've got them ordered but I don't have a price yet.
I'm sure I'll be able to match or beat Amazon or Defender.
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I've got them ordered but I don't have a price yet.
I'm sure I'll be able to match or beat Amazon or Defender.
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Old 07-21-2016, 11:27 PM   #28
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I tried to install one today on my Racor 500 series and with the T handle all the way tight the lid was still loose. I noticed the treads on my old T handle are 5/8" long while the threads on the new Stainless Steel T handle are about 1" long. Anyone else experience this?

BTW the gauge does have a drag needle.
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Old 07-22-2016, 07:10 AM   #29
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I have never understood the reasons why they would promote a gage that needs to be removed and replaced for each filter change. Adding a good quality larger faced gage at a 2% accuracy in a fixed point off the filter is typically 20% the cost and will not get damaged or affect the ability to change filters.
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I have never understood the reasons why they would promote a gage that needs to be removed and replaced for each filter change. Adding a good quality larger faced gage at a 2% accuracy in a fixed point off the filter is typically 20% the cost and will not get damaged or affect the ability to change filters.
It is because if someone has an existing system, they can easily add a vacuum gauge without altering the system in any other way. I added a vacuum gauge to the Racor on my sailboat. Simple, easy, and effective and the install took all of a minute and 15 seconds.

Not as nice as a separate gauge to be be sure but simple, easy, and effective are good things.
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Old 07-22-2016, 10:10 AM   #31
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Perhaps add a simple "T" fitting to the filter housing for the gage , or pre-rig the gage ahead of time with a "T" that has barbs on each end to splice into the fuel line(s). I found that multiple gages at each filter (bulk and Racor) taught me a bunch about how long they really last and lessons about micron selection.
Doing that once and never touching the gage again has got to be easier than handling something like a 'sensitive' gage with fuel each time you need to service. Just a thought....
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This gauge has been available from Racor for a long time. Mine has a drag needle so you do not have to watch the gauge to know the vacuum. It records the highest vacuum it experiences. The only thing that looks different from mine is the T handle appears to be stainless rather than brass.
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Old 07-25-2016, 10:57 PM   #33
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I talked with Racor and their tech support confirmed that the new product with the Stainless Steel T handle will not work on the 500 series. It is only compatible with the 900 and 1000 series. It is due to the length of the threads that I mentioned in my previous post. Their initial information was incorrect and they're trying to get the word out to all of their distributors.
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i got rid of 2 500 racors [switched when dirty] 25 years ago, and installed a single 'gulf coast fuel filter', it uses a 6" bounty paper towell that filters down to 1/1.5 microns, and another for oil. nothing gets thru the fuel filter, and the same with the oil filter! have sent oil samples in, and the oil is very clean! the normal screw-on oil filters, filter at about 28/30 microns...most of the damage/wear is caused when the silicon/dirt particles get to 5 microns! i also have a 'frantz' toilet paper oil filter on my 92 dodge/cummins with 140,xxx miles on it. i use scott 1000 paper, and change the roll at about 2500 +/- and change the oil at about 15,000 miles! also sent samples in, the 1st couple of times. check 'gulf coast oil filters.com' and 'we filter it' for the frantz. i have used the frantz oil filters since the early 60`s...never a problem!...any questions, drop me a line...an old timer once told me, if you put some oil from the dipstick, on your finger, and rub it into your palm, if it goes into your skin, and pretty much disapears, it`s ok. if it leaves a black stain on the skin, it`s dirty!! i don`t live by it, but i do check it once in a while, just to see!...clyde
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Old 12-18-2016, 05:01 PM   #35
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What is new about them

What is "new" I think is that they are still a "T" handle & the gauge both combined in to one item.

Before it was either the "T" handle or the "Gauge" only.

I have these on my boat with the gauge - BUT are not a "T" handle style - I have to use a wrench or grab by the gauge - which the gauge is not designed to have done to it over & over again.

So that is the main difference. -- combines Gauge & "T" handle - & no tools then required. Also SS is nice as stronger.

So difference is "No tools needed" with this style giving similar no tools required like original style which was " T " Handle only -- however adds gauge which previously had to use tools or abuse gauge.

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Now, if only they offered a remote digital vacuum gauge/meter for locating in the helm/pilothouse.
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Vacuum Guage at helm

I have a remote Vacuum Gauge at my Pilot House helm.

Tells you when fuel filters are plugging & when to change the filters.

I have that on my Gen-Set as well.

Works great.

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Old 10-24-2017, 07:55 AM   #38
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Remote vacuum gauges are readily available. They connect to the fuel filter by means of a copper tube. An engine room camera can be set and angled to allow you to see the gauges from the helm. But so far i have not seen a digital readout. For our cruising, coastal US, the standard recording vacuum gauges down in the engine room are working well. We burn 1,500 to 2,000 gallons per year. The vacuum gauge does gradually show increasing vacuum as we burn fuel. We check the vacuum daily, but we only change the primary about every 2 years anyway, although the vacuum gauge is still reading in the safe range. Here along the east coast, it is pretty easy to find a fuel dock which sells a high volume of diesel to commercial boats, which means the fuel in their storage tanks is turning over quickly.
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FWIW,

Chris Caldwell showed the RK 11-1669 gauge at his presentation at the Rondevous at Joe Wheeler last week. Same, but without the T build in, so a wrench is needed.

I have the older on with out the drag needle, which works fine with a magic marker. Easy to remove for element change. Would like a helm reading one, but just not needed for the few times that the filter needs changing.
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Old 10-24-2017, 09:36 AM   #40
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I'm not a fan of running a sensing line to the helm. Get a pinprick in that tube and you will lose your propulsion.

My engine will give a little hint in filter restriction, just a little bit of unsteady rpm at cruise power. If I can't change the filter right away, it gets worse so slowly that I am safe for a while.

If you have a lathe handy, you can bore the brass tee handle and tap for NPT. Screw a gauge in. Might take 30 minutes.
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