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March '18

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MARCH 2018 THE SHOP 49 The most common mistake shops make when working with customers on a new fuel pump purchase is … … it is important to consider what's best for the shop's customers. With every job, shop owners and technicians put their reputations on the line, so they need to trust the parts. This is more difficult today with the prolif- eration of low-price fuel pumps and mod- ules on the internet of unknown quality from unknown companies selling overseas products. Consumers see these prices and wonder why a shop's pricing is higher. It is impor- tant to explain the difference to the cus- tomer about a high-quality performance pump versus an inferior part, so the con- sumer can make an informed decision. One thing installers can do to make fuel pump installations faster and easier is … … it's important not to take shortcuts. Shortcuts can lead to problems. Also, have the proper tools available to save time and install a quality part, so you don't have a comeback and have to do it for free the second time around. The outside factor having the greatest effect on the fuel pump market is … … the proliferation of unknown-quality pumps and modules coming into the market at low prices is a concern at all levels. Another outside factor is today's horsepower demands that are consider- ably higher than in the past—this requires increased fuel flow to supply today's modern muscle performance engines. WELDON PUMP Oakwood Village, Ohio Jim Craig Racing Product Manager Our hottest fuel pump product for 2018 is … … the 2345-A. Its best features include … … it is compatible with all fuels and can support over 2,000 hp at 80 psi on 14 volts and only draws 20 amps on gasoline—over 1,000 hp at 80 psi when using methanol. The most common mistake shops make when working with customers on a new fuel pump purchase is … … not sizing the fuel pump for the vehicle's actual horsepower at total fuel pressure (base plus boost). Most boosted applica- tions will operate in the 80-psi range, so the pump's output must cover the horsepower at that pressure, not the base pressure. One thing installers can do to make fuel pump installations faster and easier is … … plan ahead for fittings and lines, and have all the accessories such as fuel filters and regulators, before starting a job. The outside factor having the greatest effect on the fuel pump market is … … apprehension of the installer or end- user to thoroughly educate themselves on all options available and understand that spending a bit more money now might save a lot of grief later. EDELBROCK, LLC Torrance, California Eric Blakely Director of Advertising Our hottest fuel pump product for 2018 is … … our Universal EFI Sump Fuel Kit. This kit is the most affordable way to make your fuel system EFI-ready. Its designed to provide the high fuel pressure required for EFI applications in vehicles equipped with an existing low-pressure carbureted fuel system. It's a complete self-contained system that can be easily installed under the hood. The complete kit #36031 includes a durable, lightweight plastic fuel sump tank with high-pressure fuel pump, wiring har- ness, hose and fittings. Fuel Sump Tank Only #36032 is for builders and consumers who want to utilize their own hoses and fittings. Its best features include … … the system delivers a consistent fuel pressure with no fuel return line, external fuel pressure regulator or fuel tank modi- fications. It has a compact design that is adjustable from 35 to 90 psi and includes a vacuum reference port. The most common mistake shops make when working with customers on a new fuel pump purchase is … … I wouldn't call it a mistake, but just being clear about understanding the cus- tomer's final expectation and needs. This always helps in making sure the right com- ponents are selected to ensure the engine is getting the right amount of fuel needed to achieve its desired performance output.

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