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Old 07-13-2013, 10:22 AM
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Fuel pressure drop when purging on dead head system

Hi there.
A while back I posted a thread on an audible change in idle on purging my new dead head system. I finally got around to installing some gauges and have noticed that when purging, my fuel pressure drops to 0 on gauge. That would explain the sound of my idle changing as fuel starvation. Is this a normal drop while purging? Could I avoid the degree of fuel starvation by waiting a bit after switching to purge? Thanks in advance for thoughts, matt
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Zero psi is obviously not good. Most of the people running a Vegistroke see ~ 25 psi while purging.
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there's no "restriction" when purging, so 0psi is what you should see. I see the same number when purging. I kill the wvo pump and flip the d2 pump on, and "wash" the cylinders and injectors for a good 5 miles. Then once home/whever im at, and ready to turn off truck, i keep key to "acc" and flip purge on and "flush" the wvo lines for about 10-15 sec.

Ya, you dont want to run the truck with 0 psi.
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install a ball valve between the purge valve and the tank to restrict flow, creating back pressure thus increasing your fuel pressure above safe and acceptable levels.
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install a ball valve between the purge valve and the tank to restrict flow, creating back pressure thus increasing your fuel pressure above safe and acceptable levels.
Yep that's all you need to do. I have mine set to approx. 20 psi. If your purge valve ever sticks open( mine did that once) you can close the ball valve & still drive. Without it a stuck purge valve will leave you dead in the water.
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Thanks guys! I'll get around to installing a ball valve soon. In the meantime I'll use Timmy boys method which sounds pretty perfect too.
Do you think I've have harmed my precious injectors by purging while running? It seems like there would be enough fuel in he rails to keep them lube'd and fed no? Aside from the time my wife held purge switch down for a minute while still on veg!? Thanks again!
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Timmyboys method is not as effective.

No I don't think you have damaged your injectors.
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Thanks Simone, do you have a preferred ball valve for Wvo? I should look at one that's stainless of alum yes?
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here is where I generally buy valves

Stainless Steel Ball Valves
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Thanks for the link and the valuable info! Ill buy a ball valve tomorrow. Is it generally a good idea to keep valve ports same diameter as hose? Lastly, (for now) I have some left over push lock jic (female to barb) fittings from install. Would it just take male jic to male npt adaptor to plumb into ball valve? Thanks again!
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