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Old 03-22-2012, 09:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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87 Sammy with stock 1300, header, 2 exhaust no cat. 80K miles. GM alternator & new belt. I have done all the standard preventative maintenance including new Timing belt and tightener. Still have stock Fuel Pump which is next on list to replace. Our off-roading is driving 26 miles out on South Padre Island so reliability is foremost. Stock carb with vent tube extension is not giving me problems, when it does I plan on a Weber. So, is it better to stick with a mechanical fuel pump for 60 bucks or go electric? A fixed pressure or add a regulator? With an oil pressure switch in the circuit, this route is over $100.

87 Sammy, Stock 1300, Stock Carb with Vent Tube,Pacesetter Headers, 2" exhaust, no-cat, 33s on Shackle Lift. EZ-Lockers up front.
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The Weber carbs have been reliable for me on air cooled VWs (Im still on my first Samurai) but usually required me to use a PSI regulator to drop the pressure a bit. I see the quality if elec pumps has improved over the years and I have begun to carry a spare for piece of mind. I like to disappear into the woods and usually go as far away from other people as I possibly can, being prepared with a small toolbox full of common failure items is really nice.

I now carry spare points (where applicable)/cap/rotor/plugs, fuel pump
spare fliuds/fuel (for car and driver)
fuel line/tire plug kit/12v compressor/tools/multimeter/wire
JB weld/duct tape/utility wire (seriously) permatex ultra blue.

I did once have to strap a gas can top of my Baja bug and run my siphoning line straight to the carbs and use gravity as my fuel pump after a mechanical fuel pump failure, had to drive quite a ways out of the Buffalo Gap Grasslands that way.

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