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A New Fuel Polishing Option - Parker FPM

There have been many good threads and different opinions and techniques discussed here on ensuring clean fuel getting to your engine, but recently came across what appears to be a new option from Parker, their "FPM-050" (Fuel Polishing Module) that draws low current (150mA @ 12vDC using a solid state pump), filters 50g/day and can be plumbed inline into your existing fuel supply system.

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Any thoughts / experiences on this out there?

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Holy thread revival! Ok, this system is nice and clean. But cheapest I found it online is $700-$800...which is overpriced in my opinion.

I'm trying to now build one of these myself.

Im able to pick up a Racor 500MA10 with water separator for ~$75 on ebay. A 12v fuel pump also on ebay for $75. Misc. fittings and pipe for $50. A 10 micron element for $10 on defender. Hoping my net cost will be less than $300...$250 if I get lucky. Will update on how this project goes!

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Why spend all that money?

As long as you have a mechanical lift pump on the engine that runs all the time the engine does, why not do this to polish your fuel.

1 Place a tee in the line to the pressure pump and install another line that goes on the vertical barb of the tee.

2 Conect this line with a Y fitting to the return line at least 1 vertical foot above the intake for the pressure pump.

3 Install a on/off valve in the new line just cuz you might need it for bleeding the system although now the system should be self bleeding. If you install an electric clicker pump between the tank and the lift pump you can just change out your filters and install them dry, turn on the electric pump and the fuel will go through the lift pump and fill the filters and back to the tank with out getting air in the high pressure pump with out closing the the new valve.

How much polishing??

Well, that little pump running at no load most likely pump about .1 oz. per stroke. At 2,600rpm that is 260 ozs. per min. or 122 gal.(15,600 ozs.)per hour.

If you deduct the 2 gallons you use at cruse power that still leves 120 gallons per hour for polishing.

So now when you run your engine you are polishing your fuel at a much greater rate than just returning the small amount of fuel that returns from the enjection system and syou spent less than what? $100 including the electric pump.

No exrta filters but at the start you may have to change them more often depending on how bad your fuel is.

NOTE: If you just have an electric fuel pump this systen should NOT be used as the pump cannot handle running full time.

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