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shanagolden

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Primary Fuel Filter and Fuel Pump
« on: November 01, 2014, 10:38:31 AM »

My 1986 #212 has the original Dahl-60 primary fuel filter and fuel pump (Facet-with a small paper filter element as opposed to the red plastic screen type). I keep reading how most boats today use Racor primary filters. Any reason to replace the old Dahl-60 which seems to work OK with a Racor? If so, what Racor filter works best? Also my fuel pump is first in line from the tank. Been that way for 28 years. Thanks for your thoughts and comments.
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Re: Primary Fuel Filter and Fuel Pump
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2014, 11:14:36 AM »

Sounds like a perfect case of "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."   :D

You may be very lucky in getting good fuel, although you don't mention when, if ever, you've had to service the fuel pump filter.  It would be wise to relocate the filter to after the Dahl, it takes two feet of fuel hose, a few clamps and a butt 3/8" hose connector.

The Dahl is a fine unit.  People use "Racor" simply instead of typing "primary fuel filter."  It's shorter!   :D
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Re: Primary Fuel Filter and Fuel Pump
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2014, 12:36:41 PM »

There is  a screen type filter in the electric fuel  pump. I have 1986 with the Dahl it works fine for me. Charlie
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Re: Primary Fuel Filter and Fuel Pump
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2014, 01:41:06 PM »

thanks for the comments so far. i replace the little filter in the fuel pump at least annually.

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Re: Primary Fuel Filter and Fuel Pump
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2014, 09:56:42 AM »

I forgot to add that the little paper type filter that goes in my old facet fuel pump is a pain in the butt to remove and reinstall. Very tight fit for the little filter.
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Re: Primary Fuel Filter and Fuel Pump
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2014, 11:02:26 AM »

My 1986 #212 has the original Dahl-60 primary fuel filter and fuel pump (Facet-with a small paper filter element as opposed to the red plastic screen type). I keep reading how most boats today use Racor primary filters. Any reason to replace the old Dahl-60 which seems to work OK with a Racor? If so, what Racor filter works best? Also my fuel pump is first in line from the tank. Been that way for 28 years. Thanks for your thoughts and comments.

I found the Dahl a PITA to service and so moved to a spin-on Racor 120 body (rated 30 GalPerHr) with a R12S (4-micron) filter.  No muss, no fuss.  But, there's nothing wrong with a Dahl if it works for you!

Recommend you definitely replumb the fuel line so that the primary filter is first off the tank, and the Facet "sucks thru" it.  The reason is that the Facet can emulsify the water into the fuel, and so it's more difficult for the primary filter to separate the fuel/water.

Would the screen-type filter fit your Facet?  It's NAPA p/n 610-1086.

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