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Fittings for Racor water separators

Where does one get the fuel line fittings for the Racor separators? I've been researching them online for a while now, and while I see they always say "fittings not included" (at least for the model I want, the 320RRAC02), I haven't found where one gets the fittings. Are they a special Racor part, or just a standard fuel port fitting with male threads that should be available in plenty? I have 5/16" fuel lines, so I would hope this would not be a problem.

I was in a West Marine store today looking at them, and the store manager had no clue as to where to get the fittings either -- which kinda depressed me, as I'd figure that the store people ought to know such things.

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Home Depot or an auto supply store. They should just be a standard fitting, that would depend on whether you want a one with barbs for a fuel line with a clamp or threads for a metal line.
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Excellent. Thanks!
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SAE fittings for Racor

I have a Racor 500 and found the SAE O-ring fittings a surpluscenter.com in the hydraulics sections. If you have a hydraulics supplier nearby, check them out, but take your filter with you.
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Racors are constructed to mate with standard 'compression' fittings (brass fitting with small brass 'ferrule' that slips over the copper tube) OR flared connectors.
Such fittings can be obtained in hardware or automotive supply shops.

Of the two varieties, the swaged fittings are superior to compression fittings. Compression fittings will eventually leak (suck air in a vacuum driven system such as a boats fuel system) due to vibrations and 'relaxation' of the copper within the ferrule portion. Compression fittings are designed to be tightened ONLY ONCE as the small ferrule 'deforms' the tube when the fitting is tightened onto the tube. Flared fittings do not have this 'problem'; but require a special flairing tool to shape the flare section on the tube. Double flared connnections are even better. A flare tool is inexpensive but takes a small bit of 'expertise' to use well.
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It took me a while to get the drift of your discussion of flaring the fitting. However, I have rubber 5/16th fuel line, so I'm just looking for the barbed-type fitting for use with a clamp. Sounds like they're available at auto parts stores and even Home Depots, though it does seem odd that a company would miss out on more $$$ by not offering the fittings in their catalogs and on the website.
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I don't think you can find at any local hardware store--i had some Racor 500s and spent weeks to no avail. West Marine does not carry. I cannot remember who I finally found them through online. But I did.
There is a company that sells Racor through ebaymotors.com. I bought some through them and they can get you the fittings
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The small Racor I have on my boat, I got the fittings from an Autoparts store. Pep Boys, AutoZone, or any of the bigger chain stores will have the brass fittings you need to connect the fuel filters to hose.

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I don't think you can find at any local hardware store--i had some Racor 500s and spent weeks to no avail. West Marine does not carry. I cannot remember who I finally found them through online. But I did.
There is a company that sells Racor through ebaymotors.com. I bought some through them and they can get you the fittings
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I found my receipt--I got the fittings from River Marine
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