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Old 04-25-2003, 09:50 PM
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Angry Ever had a leaky Fuel Safe fuel cell?

The reason i ask is that i recently purchased a Fuel Safe fuel cell for my 951 and it doesn't just weep a few drops, the fuel literally pours out. I can't begin to imagine how it could have possibly have passed a leak test at the factory.

I had heard of one other incident last year involving a leaky Fuel Safe fuel cell in a 911. It took Fuel Safe 3 trys to get a cell that wouldn't leak and supposedly the President personally tested the last one. I figured OK, every manufacturer has had a product problem and at least these guys stuck to it and backed up the product. I specifically inquired before purchasing this one about whether or not they had had any problems with the 944/951 cell and of course the answer was no. I also did a web search and the only incident i uncovered was the one i mentioned above. So i figured i was "safe".

Let me also metinon that the installation was a bitch, since the cell is about 1/2" bigger than it should be in both fore/aft and lateral dimensions. This caused me to have to switch to hard mounts for the cross tube. I had to notch the lip of the tank in 4 places so it wouldn't interfere with wiring. The AN fittings were the incorrect angle (straight instead of 90 degrees)
The only positive thing i can say was that the dealer, Worldwide Motorsports, has tried their best to make up for the very poor quality of this cell.
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Old 04-27-2003, 02:22 PM
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Very interesting. I looking for a cell now. What other manufacturers are my option? Maybe you should show my post to Fuel Safe and let them know that many people read these posts on the web.
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Old 04-27-2003, 04:18 PM
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I'm not sure there are any other options if you run in stock like i do. I beleive Koklen makes one but it requires removal of the spare tire well and it modifies the underbody aero characteristics by acting as a diffuser
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Old 04-27-2003, 06:50 PM
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There are three leading fuel cell manufacturers - Fuel Safe, ATL and Premier. As with anything made by humans, every once in a while, a particular unit can have a problem. I know of no manufacturer with respect to which there has never been an issue. Having said this, all three are capable of making excellent products -- and I could point to professional race teams who would swear by (not at) each of these three. By the way, although my memory might be faulty, I seem to remember that Kokeln uses Fuel Safe products.
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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana,Tahoma,Helvetica">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana,Tahoma,Helvetica"> As with anything made by humans, every once in a while, a particular unit can have a problem. </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana,Tahoma,Helvetica">i guess i am venting a bit...but i've been involved in manufacturing operations for a long time and this appears to be a case of incredibly poor quality procedures. This isn't a minor defect. The basic function of the product is to NOT leak...and it does.... profusely.

We'll see what happens when i contact them.Its pretty clear i'm going to have to swap the stock tank back in the car in order to have a prayer of being ready and sorted for the Lime Rock Club Race.
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Old 04-29-2003, 09:30 PM
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I have just purchased and installed two of these fuel safe cells. One has the exact same issue, tons of fuel leaks out! the other has a mild trickle. Seems like poor quality control. Another big issue on one of the cells is that they are advertised to fit all 944/951 models. This is not the case, one of my cells was mounted in an early 944- the entire rear deck had to be cut from the car and a new bulkhead/firewall built to accomodate the cell. It only fits in the later model cars.
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Old 04-29-2003, 10:18 PM
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I too got a leaky cell. Mine was in a 993. They acted like they were doing me a favor when they fixed it at no charge.

Since then I have generously decided to do free quality control for all my vendors.
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Old 05-01-2003, 05:09 PM
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A friend is currently has just purchased a Kokeln cell for his 944 turbo. Probably won't install it until after the MidOhio club race. If there are any issues I'll post about them.

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