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Old 01-30-2015, 09:15 AM   #101
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Sigh. No one actually looked at the Fleetguard Diesel Pro, did they?

Hint: It is not a spin on...
I did. It looks to me like it would be messy to change elements? The element is on the top side of the unit?
Or am I missing something?
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Old 01-30-2015, 09:26 AM   #102
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Sigh. No one actually looked at the Fleetguard Diesel Pro, did they?

Hint: It is not a spin on...
Design looks interesting. The part that jumps out at me is that you can't see water accumulating in the filter until it reaches the cartridge section. IMO, that's a great deal of what makes the Racors so popular, visual inspection for contaminants. Like the idea of being able to see the element though.

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Old 01-30-2015, 09:34 AM   #103
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Sigh. No one actually looked at the Fleetguard Diesel Pro, did they?

Hint: It is not a spin on...
Like I said, I've not only looked at them, I've used them. Nice units. But I wouldn't remove perfectly good Racors to install them.

But perhaps that is not what you are trying to say. Speak up man!
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Old 01-30-2015, 09:38 AM   #104
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I did. It looks to me like it would be messy to change elements? The element is on the top side of the unit?
Or am I missing something?
They are not to messy. You drain them before you chance them. But you do have to use the special wrench supplied with them to loosen/tighten the filter bowl retaining ring and the top mounted drain cap.
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Sigh. No one actually looked at the Fleetguard Diesel Pro, did they?.
I did and although I continue to be a Duel Racor fan, I must admit that the Diesel Pro is very interesting. While checking the applications section of their web site, I saw no mention of marine use.


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Old 01-30-2015, 10:46 AM   #106
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Dual Racors

Found this on eBay. They mention marine use. Click image for larger version

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Seems you have to buy a retrofit kit to get it to ABS and IMO standards however.
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Old 01-30-2015, 11:11 AM   #107
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But perhaps that is not what you are trying to say. Speak up man!
All I'm saying us that there are as good as or better filtration solutions out there than Racor. Just as sunchaser says.

Racor makes good filtration and water removal systems. But the reason Racor is predominant is because of marketing and positioning.

I won't rip out my existing Racor as it functions fine. But if I have to replace I will consider more robust, user friendly, lower initial and operating costs, smaller and less complex designs that achieve as good as or better beta ratings than the "traditional" Racor.
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Old 01-30-2015, 07:40 PM   #109
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My only complaint about Racor elements is they cost about $80 each here, while CAV types are about $10. I fitted Racor to replace the original cylinder filters with no drainage provision. I think they do a good job, after 4 years of Racors plus adding snake oil to the tanks (readily available,lots of snakes over here), judging by the filter bowl drainage we have gained significantly on tank condition ignored by POs.
BTW, I carry a spare plastic filter bowl.
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Racor elements are about $10 here. Did you ever considered buying 12 in the USA and paying the shipping and import duty on $120? Can't imagine $200 not covering your importation.

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Racor elements are about $10 here. Did you ever considered buying 12 in the USA and paying the shipping and import duty on $120? Can't imagine $200 not covering your importation.

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Thanks Ted, I did, from an ebay seller, worked well costwise, but the source seemed to disappear. I should do it again, there is a certain CM I should ask. At present it`s just shipping cost, purchases sub $1000 don`t attract 10% GST tax. I did well bringing in heat exchangers and exhaust elbows, splitting them into 2 lots to avoid the tax.
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One thing I would like to hear explained. If the advantage universally touted for Racors is being able to visually see what's being filtered, why is the number one recommendation to add a vacuum gauge to tell when the element needs to be changed?
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One thing I would like to hear explained. If the advantage universally touted for Racors is being able to visually see what's being filtered, why is the number one recommendation to add a vacuum gauge to tell when the element needs to be changed?


Contrarily to what many think, the advantage to the clear bowl is the ability to see if there is water in the fuel. You can have fuel with enough contaminates to clog the element without seeing a lot of junk in the bowl itself.

In my opinion installing the water probes and alarms is more important than installing vacuum gauges.
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One thing I would like to hear explained. If the advantage universally touted for Racors is being able to visually see what's being filtered, why is the number one recommendation to add a vacuum gauge to tell when the element needs to be changed?
The clear bowl is not an indication that the filter needs changed, it simply gives you a sight warning of what your filter is removing from the fuel.

The gauge is an indication as to how dirty the filter is.
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Old 01-31-2015, 12:21 AM   #115
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Found in the Racor catalog 7480H:

Racor makes filters with various
filtration efficiencies, but its standards
for non-OEM (Original Equipment
Manufacturer) are 2, 10, and 30 micron
filter elements. The actual efficiency
ratings for these are 98%, 95%, and
90% respectively.


So they use Nominal Micron Ratings.
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One thing I would like to hear explained. If the advantage universally touted for Racors is being able to visually see what's being filtered, why is the number one recommendation to add a vacuum gauge to tell when the element needs to be changed?
What a nice sensible question. Especially when the thrust of the thread is having a T handle to turn to bring a fresh filter online when one gets plugged or vacuum increases - unrelated to water in the Racors. If one is so inclined, there are some very good ways to check for water in our boat fuel. Or better yet, avoid watery fuel to begin with.
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Unless you have yours plumbed differently, you're measuring inches of vaccum. While it's important to take into consideration the limitation of the racor element, you need to make sure you are also within the limitation of the engine lift pump. Cummins C series has a very low tolerance for lift pump vaccum.

Racor lists the 900 & 1000 series filters as capable of 10" of differential vaccum. I'll switch after 2".

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I change the Racor as soon as I see any movement of the needle off it's peg.
And as I've said before, while I have used both 10 micron and 2; I pretty much run the 2, as I see no downside as long as there is no vacumn, and when there is, I change the Racor.

Also, I know everyone on this forum is very trusting and truthful, so I will share with you the warm fuzzy feeling I get when I put on those new secondary spin on canister, that have been loving made in China to the specifications of the mood of the worker getting paid 2 cents for every filter.
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My Racor filters are made in Shanghai, China, Gebze, Turkey, and Chennai, India.

My Volvo/Perkins spin on is made by Baldwin in Gothenburg, Nebraska, or Yankton, South Dakota, which does not bring warm thoughts at all...
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Food or thought on vaccum gauges:

Was thinking about this after consuming an adult beverage (beer), so this may not be throughly developed. My fuel tanks are about 28" tall. For the sake of the discussion, let's assume the lift pump height is at the middle of the tanks. The vaccum gauge is reading inches of vaccum. To my understanding, an inch of vaccum, if there is no restriction in the filter element, would be to lift the fuel from 1" below the level of the lift pump in the tank up to the lift pump. If the fuel level was 10" below the lift pump, the gauge would show 10" of vaccum. If the fuel level was above the lift pump, there would actually be a positive pressure in the filter and at the inlet to the lift pump. Again, assuming that my lift pump is at the middle level of my 28" tank, does that mean that the theoretical reading on my separator gauge could be anywhere from 14" of positive pressure to 14" of vaccum with a clean unobstructed element? If this is correct, with 3/4 full tank I could have 7" of diffential vaccum (difference between filter inlet and outlet with a mostly clogged filter) and show no vaccum on my gauge. Is this correct or am I missing something?

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The truck filters have many advantages over the Raycors.

The level of fuel in the bowl, how high it rises is used as the measure of how plugged the filter actually is. No vacuum gauge required.

The big knurled nut on TOP of the filter allows easy priming , just pour in a can or two of ATF , or diesel fuel , and away you go.

The AK folks might be able to use the fuel heater option , but most folks wont need it.

Any std strap wrench will remove the cover ring to change the element.
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