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Today I am taking a look at a little unit that's billed as a good in-line fuel filter for your cafe racer, bobber, chopper, Harley etc. The box it arrives in is fairly unassuming, though it does list a part number (603516) and it looks remarkably like the Emgo 14-34451. You can find them online (Amazon, eBay US, eBay AU, eBay UK):
...and a warning:
The filter itself is a stylish (well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder so it may not be so to your eyes) chrome and glass affair:
Inside you can see the replaceable filter element:
The hole that the gas flows through is reasonably sized:
To open it up and replace the filter element simply unscrew the two ends from one another:
The element then lifts off and can be replaced with an identical unit, which is also available for sale... for now, anyway.
We tried it on one of our CX500 cafe racers for about 18 months and had no issue at all. At one point we had it resting against the underside of the tank, though, and figured that we had better put a little bit of rubber between it and the metal so that the vibrations weren't transferred through to the glass as much. The fuel flow through it is easy to see, and the filter did seem to catch a little bit of rust that came through from the tank. Of course, you can't see how much slipped through and got into the carbs, but any filter is better than none (or the ancient one above your petcock)...
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