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Testing : Zip-Ty Racing Fuel Filter
Zip-Ty Racing KTM Fuel Filter
We have a couple of new products in to start testing for the 2015 KTM 450xcw. First up from Zip-Ty racing is the new fuel filter for late model KTM’s. If you recall from 2011, the first fuel injected models had no inline filter. In 2012 KTM added the 10 micron cone filter that sat at the inlet to the throttle body. Later KTM decided that the hole size was too small and changed to the 20 micron filter. In 2013 the location was moved to the quick disconnect at the fuel tank for easier service.
The stock filter is pretty small and can be prone to either clogging or letting too much debris through. Zip-Ty came up with the idea to go back to a 10 micron size and making the surface area far greater to avoid clogging.
This is a two part filter that allows access to the filter screen for cleaning or replacement. It mounts in place of the stock male end of the quick disconnect. It even has the correct cut away to allow the stock 20 micron filter to stay in place. It all looks like a pretty good idea, so we are out to put some miles on it.
One quick note of import. When using the quick disconnect, it is critical to line up both ends parallel to avoid cutting the o-ring on the male end as they slide together. This applies to both the OEM parts and these new parts. I find it easier to insert the male end into the fitting first before attaching the fuel line to the male side. It avoids having to tug on both ends of the line at the same time. The Husabergs seemed to have shorter fuel lines which made connections even more difficult. I carry a spare o-ring in my extra parts just in case this might ever happen on the trail.
When installing this filter, you will have to remove the crimped hose clamp and replace it with a conventional one. I recommend this for all the clamps, as they would be impossible to get back together if you had to work on them on the trail for any reason.