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Re: Phenolic Intake Manifold Spacer

Post by andyofcolumbusmerkur » Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:00 am

They sell "fix it quick and incorrectly" kits at autozone that have the quick connect on one side and a barbed fitting on the other. You are supposed to dip the end of the plastic tubing into hot water then push it on. Then hope and pray it never pops off causing fuel to spray all over the hot engine and turbo. You could make something with that stuff just to test it, or go all out and get the Russel ones from Summit Racing and do it with -an fittings.
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Re: Phenolic Intake Manifold Spacer

Post by thesameguy » Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:16 pm

Those fittings work just fine - I actually have one on my car now. As long as you are careful when installing the nylon hose over the fitting, there is no reason they would be unreliable. On Saabs (and I'm 100% positive other European cars), that operation is basically required for any sort of fuel pump replacement, unless you replace the entire "module." Pushing nylon fuel tube over barbed fittings is a major source of DIY anxiety for me!

But, I don't know how I would turn that into a 1/8" NPT fitting for a fuel pressure sensor. I have found some other options like quick connect to AN fitting that I could make work, but gah, that'd be a real ugly adapter and I would feel bad about myself for doing it. ;)

UNRELATED, I did go back to O'Reilly's with the bad VAM. No questions asked, just an apology and a replacement order. After leaving, I got a call saying they had none in their warehouse. There was supposedly one in SoCal - the only one on the west coast - and they would call today to verify it was actually there and available. This concerns me a little - prior to O'Reilly I hit up Autozone and they had no stock and no expected stock. Then I went to NAPA and they said "unavailable." Seems like the VAMs are drying up, at least in Ford-land. "New" (in quotes, because I don't believe it!) one are available from BMW for $600. Ouch.

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Re: Phenolic Intake Manifold Spacer

Post by John Brennan » Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:22 pm

thesameguy wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:16 pm
Those fittings work just fine - I actually have one on my car now. As long as you are careful when installing the nylon hose over the fitting, there is no reason they would be unreliable. On Saabs (and I'm 100% positive other European cars), that operation is basically required for any sort of fuel pump replacement, unless you replace the entire "module." Pushing nylon fuel tube over barbed fittings is a major source of DIY anxiety for me!

But, I don't know how I would turn that into a 1/8" NPT fitting for a fuel pressure sensor. I have found some other options like quick connect to AN fitting that I could make work, but gah, that'd be a real ugly adapter and I would feel bad about myself for doing it. ;)

UNRELATED, I did go back to O'Reilly's with the bad VAM. No questions asked, just an apology and a replacement order. After leaving, I got a call saying they had none in their warehouse. There was supposedly one in SoCal - the only one on the west coast - and they would call today to verify it was actually there and available. This concerns me a little - prior to O'Reilly I hit up Autozone and they had no stock and no expected stock. Then I went to NAPA and they said "unavailable." Seems like the VAMs are drying up, at least in Ford-land. "New" (in quotes, because I don't believe it!) one are available from BMW for $600. Ouch.
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Re: Phenolic Intake Manifold Spacer

Post by thesameguy » Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:42 pm

No argument, but doing that legally in California is problematic, and relocating to solve a car problem doesn't seem like a great approach to life. :D

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Re: Phenolic Intake Manifold Spacer

Post by Esteban » Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:36 am

Go to the JY will a multimeter and test the sweep on one before you buy. If there aren't any around you, I can pull one for you and sweep it.

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Re: Phenolic Intake Manifold Spacer

Post by thesameguy » Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:47 pm

I'm really trying to be done with JY parts at this exact moment. I'm tired of not knowing whether the problem is the JY part being weird or something unrelated, you know? I'm so jammed up right now I just want to give someone some money and have it work. :)

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Re: Phenolic Intake Manifold Spacer

Post by Esteban » Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:27 pm

The BMW big vams have been more reliable than the turbo coupe ones.

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Re: Phenolic Intake Manifold Spacer

Post by thesameguy » Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:56 pm

I suppose that makes sense. The BMW ones were in production longer and more recently. The reman I got was originally a BMW part, for whatever that is worth... Cardone does not distinguish. You can still buy new BMW ones... for $600. At that price point I would seriously take my chances with getting a Megasquirted car through smog. My XJR doesn't have a $600 airflow meter! It's crazy BMW charges that much.

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