THE SHOP

March '18

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46 THE SHOP MARCH 2018 opportunity to create fuel delivery products that provide the fuel flow requirements needed for forced induction or very aggres- sive naturally aspirated engines is very real. This challenges our engineers to deliver solutions that meet or exceed our cus- tomers' expectations, without requiring a complete overhaul of a vehicle's fuel delivery system when possible. ALLSTAR PERFORMANCE Watervliet, Michigan Scott Anderson Customer Relations Our hottest fuel pump product for 2018 is … … Sportsman 2-Valve Fuel Pumps, eco- nomically priced with multiple features. Its best features include … … 1/4-inch fittings, heavy-duty dia- phragms, anti-float springs and a clock- able lower base. The most common mistake shops make when working with customers on a new fuel pump purchase is … … selecting the proper psi range and volume required for their specific engine. One thing installers can do to make fuel pump installations faster and easier is … … have a good selection of fittings and hoses on hand. The outside factor having the greatest effect on the fuel pump market is … … fuel economy. Customers are looking for more efficient and powerful engines that EFI can offer. FUELAB Collinsville, Illinois Rob Scharfenberg Chief Engineer Our hottest fuel pump product for 2018 is … … Brushless Twin Screw Pump. Building on our 10 years of brushless fuel pump manufacturing experience, this pump has enhanced operating character- istics and will soon be available in other configurations such as in- tank and module-based mount- ings. Its best features include … … lightweight brushless motor to minimize current draw; twin-screw rotor pumping mechanism; high-flow capacity of up to 500 lph or 132 gph; rated up to 125 psi; quiet operation; and higher resistance to cavitation (vapor-locking). The most common mistake shops make when working with customers on a new fuel pump purchase is … … too much pump, particularly when there's a problem. Many times, shops will find a problem with the fuel system and throw more pump at it, such as running multiple pumps when wiring, plumbing or insufficient performance of the pump at high pressures exist. This causes more heat buildup and additional costs that can lead to failures later under certain conditions. Wrong fuel compatibility can be an issue when dealing with oxygenated fuels such as E85 or methanol. Pumps, filters and sometimes regulators can be incompatible with these fuels. One thing installers can do to make fuel pump installations faster and easier is … … keep a checklist and notes folder for your fuel system installations. The notes can be based on and include manufacturer's instructions. Any problems that the shop has run into on previous fuel system instal- lations can also be added. Knowing the problems and solutions for installations can not only save time on future customer installations, but can be used as a mar- keting tool to attract future jobs. The outside factor having the greatest effect on the fuel pump market is … … not having the proper data from manu- facturers available for the customer can hamper making a proper decision regarding fuel pump capabilities. Fuel pump manu- facturers can also use different units of measurement when describing pressure FUEL THE FIRE When preparing for a fuel pump installa- tion, be sure to have a good selection of fittings and hoses on hand. (Photo cour- tesy Allstar Per- formance) Keeping a checklist and notes from previous fuel pump installations can help speed installs when difficulties arise. (Photo cour- tesy Fuelab) A common mistake regarding fuel pump selection is thinking bigger is always better. Larger pumps can create added heat, for instance, that will actually hamper fuel flow. (Photo courtesy Holley Perfor- mance Products)

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