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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 01-12-2013, 04:01 PM
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Fuel Hose Replacement

Hey guys,
I have the intake manifold off my M50 to replace the big coolant hose underneath of it, and all the vacuum and fuel lines need to be done as well. The lines from BMW are running up to $50 per piece. Since it's an 8mm line, I went out to autozone and bought 5/16th 10 bar rated fuel line. Is there any reason this wouldnt work? Fuel line is fuel line correct?

Just a pic of the mess under the intake!
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:20 PM
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Yes, it'll work, Tyler. Be a tiny bit harder to get on, but it's fine.

BTW, you can buy 8mm fuel system hose in bulk for $9.75/meter from Pelican

http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/...FILTER_BMWM=ON
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+1, and you can get a comprehensive cooling system hose kit from FCP for about $115.

http://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw-...crp-m50hosekit
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:03 PM
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Thanks guys. Thats actually the kit I bought. It just doesnt include the main hose from the heater all the way to the front of the engine. Some of the smaller clamps also strip before you can tighten them enough. Otherwise its a great kit. Thanks for the Pelican link as well! We were kind of trying to get it done this weekend, but thats not happening now anyway. Thanks again guys!
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:17 PM
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Huh. If that kit didn't actually contain all hoses, I find it odd that FCP took it upon themselves to call it a "comprehensive" kit.

It does claim to include the hose which connects the engine to the heater valve, though. Are you referring to something else?
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:22 PM
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The hose they "forgot" to include is an $80 piece. I actually emailed them to make sure it wasnt included, and they will send it with the kit special order. Im sure they just did it to keep the costs down.
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Just and update for those who might be interested. The lines coming from the bottom of the fuel filter are pre-formed... go figure. But thankfully normal fuel line can be used in a way it shouldnt kink. The thicker tube which slides on top of the actual fuel hoses stops them from kinking. Also, if anybody plans to replace that main coolant line under the intake, dont get anything but the BMW hose. The meyle hose is way too big and will leak. Just a word of advice from the stuff Ive learned over the last 2 times we've been able to work on it. Taking the manifold off is not what it's cracked up to be thankfully. Very easy to me. Thanks again for the help guys.
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