Essential Kit to replace cloth braided fuel hose with safer modern R9 grade, plus filter & clips
If your vehicle still has cloth braided fuel hose fitted, you need to upgrade it. Full stop.
Cloth braided hose is not compatible with modern fuels, and will become brittle and fail, resulting in fuel leaks. This can happen in a very short period of time.
This is a modern high specification fuel hose, which is an ideal upgrade / replacement hose for all Air-Cooled vehicles, including Beetle, Ghia, Type-3 & Buses.
The specification is referred to as SAE J30 R9, and is used on modern fuel injection vehicles, it is designed to withstand modern unleaded fuels.
Over recent years, fuel at the pump has been replaced with a grade referred to as E5. It contains a 5% mix of Ethanol. The Ethanol mix is better for the environment, but unfortunately degrades rubber fuel hoses. There are current government proposals to change unleaded fuels to E10, with 10% Ethanol. SAE J30 R9 fuel hose is designed to withstand the level of Ethanol in E5 and E10 fuels.
Please note, we no longer stock original style cloth braided fuel hose, as the SAE J30 R9 is much safer. Fuel hoses should be checked every few months, and replaced, if there are any signs of degradation. We believe that anybody using the old style cloth (or stainless) braided should now upgrade to the more modern higher specification. It is far better to be safe.
The hose has a 5.6mm internal bore, which is ideal for all standard installations as well as most twin carburettor set-ups.
The external diameter is 12.6mm, which is larger than the original cloth braid hose, so you will need to use larger clips. We keep the correct clips in stock, Item code 054.690.50.
This hose is black, and is printed with W = SAE J30 R9 FUEL INJECTION 5.6MM.
Designed to be used on modern Fuel Injected vehicles, but is obviously compatible with Carburettor Fuel Systems, as found on Air-Cooled vehicles.
The Bundle contains 3 metres of hose, which should be sufficient to replace all of the flexible hose normally founds on all Air-Cooled models, plus a replacement fuel filter, and a set of 10 correct hose clips for this hose.