Replace Your Fuel Filter 
1500cc (01-04) FI Vulcans Only

Much Thanks to Quinton Grubbs
Additional Info From Fire03Meany

 

You're probably wondering why such a narrow window of years.   It's because those are the only years that have a replaceable filter inside the tank.   The '00 FI system used for Classics, Nomads, Drifters and Meanstreaks continued to use the same filter setup as the carbed bikes with the filter outside the tank.  Vulcan 1600's (5.3 gallon tank) have a screen on the fuel pump but no replaceable filter.  So, if you have an '01-04 Nomad or Classic this page is for you!

When and why might your filter need replacement?   The 'when' in many cases is never but if you've pumped suspected dirty fuel into your tank or you're losing performance then it sure can't hurt.

You'll want to take a look at the picture (below) which clearly shows the fuel filter.   It's nothing unusual, just the same sort of canister used in many automotive applications.   On the Vulcan the filter is mounted using flexible fuel line and standard hose clamps making it easy to remove and replace.

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So, you've checked the pictures, you know where the filter is and pretty much what it looks like, lets change it out!

What You'll Need

12 mm & 8 mm sockets for removing gas tank and fuel pump assembly
Pliers for removing hose clamps
Phillips Screwdriver
1- Purolator Fuel Filter part #F20011 (plastic) or similar.  Almost any standard filter will work.

How To Do It

Reinstall Fuel Pump

The Service Manual says to replace the gasket but that's only necessary if it's damaged in some way.  
The gasket is thick sturdy rubber with 8 brass grommets to prevent pinching and over torqueing.  It should last a long, long time.  However, if you want to follow the Service Manual, get a new gasket before you begin this project.


Additional Info From Fire03Meany As Posted On The Delphi Vulcan Forum

/files/includes/images/fm_fuel_pump.jpg (115356 bytes) In the photo you can see the 1500 FI fuel pump assembly and filter.  The OEM filter has been replaced in this case with a Mr. Gasket Chrome (bragging rights?) filter part #9746.  The Mr. Gasket part is slightly chubbier than the OEM part so a longer screw was necessary to tighten the filter in the holder.  A slight bend is necessary in the factory metal fuel line to help line things up.  In this case a new piece of high pressure fuel line was used.  The entire project cost less than $10 and didn't require a new gasket between the tank and fuel pump plate.