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Old 02-12-2018, 11:27 PM   #1
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98 VN1500 fuel pump question

After installing the SOG and rebuilding carbs. I was able to get the engine running. Idles and revs good, with no strange noises. Radiator fan cycles on and off. So it looks like I will continue with the restore.
I'm questioning why this bike has a fuel pump. It appears the carburetor float chambers are about 3" below the fuel tank. Is this too little drop for adequate gravity fuel flow? Has anyone here tried riding without the pump?
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Old 02-13-2018, 06:25 AM   #2
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Has anyone here tried riding without the pump?
I haven't personally but have read of people doing it 'temporarily' to get them out of a pinch and then realizing they don't need a pump. I would think that at wide open throttle for any amount of time it may pose a problem but that's just guessing..............Mike
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Old 02-14-2018, 06:00 AM   #3
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Hi @ckahleer The 88 WILL run with NO Probs WITHOUT the fuel pump ! Ran mine with out one for 5 yrs after I Broke down on way to Ferry going to france ! did 2000mls on holiday up hill & down dale ! NEVER missed a beat !

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It makes me wonder why they fitted one if it's not needed.
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Old 02-15-2018, 08:56 AM   #5
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Just to add weight Mick56 to try & slow them down ! LOL
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Just to add weight Mick56 to try & slow them down ! LOL

I had to stick a trailer full of beer on mine to slow it up a bit.
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