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The dealer wants too much time and money for the OEM replacement fuel line.
What is a good I.D. fuel line that will work at my petcock and at the inlet of the HSR 42 ?
They are different sizes...

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1/4" & 5/16 are the 2 sizes most commonly used from what I remember. I have used both sizes on my bike with the mikuni and pingel petcock. If I remember the 5/16 was a better fit on the mikuni inlet but I have gotten 1/4" on it as well. I'm using 1/4" now.
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I like using 1/4" Tygon fuel line. It's translucent and flexible enough to stretch and fit over larger outlets/inlets and is easier to snake through tight spaces than relatively thick walled 'rubber' fuel line.
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I like using 1/4" Tygon fuel line. It's translucent and flexible enough to stretch and fit over larger outlets/inlets and is easier to snake through tight spaces than relatively thick walled 'rubber' fuel line.
Does it kink easy?

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That depends on what you consider 'easy' but I've never experience any kinks in the 20+ years I've used it.
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Nowadays just be sure to use an SAE certified fuel line for use with ethanol extended fuel. Ethanol increases hose permeability. Mikunis normally have a 5/16 fuel inlet and so do many petcocks like Golan.
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The lines rated as fuel lines from most any of the auto parts stores work fine and you can buy it by the foot for much less than the Harley dealer wants for it. Same goes for the vacuum lines.
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I like using 1/4" Tygon fuel line. It's translucent and flexible enough to stretch and fit over larger outlets/inlets and is easier to snake through tight spaces than relatively thick walled 'rubber' fuel line.
Doesn't that clear line get stiff and discolored? My buddy got some for his dirt bike and it got stiff and brown within weeks and was leaking from the carb connection. I just use 1/4" regular black fuel line on my bike. Maybe tygon is different?

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Tygon is different. It comes in many specs. It is not overly heat resistant, so keep it away from cylinder heads.

I prefer to use SAE J30R14 hose.
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