I'm getting ready to install a new inline fuel pump on my mk2 vr6. On the fuel pump there appears to be only a + and a - , however on the old leaky fuel pump under the car it appears to be a four wire connector...??
I have been told this is fairly straight forward to do. Any help would be huge!
Ok thanks!! I'm just goin NA for now, this is the second mk2 I've had fuel pump failure but it seems stupid not to replace it with one of these walbros, especially considering I swapped in a vr. I spent a long time building it and finally got her running and what next? Fuel leaking... So im yet to take it for a rip, can't wait!
Probably should spend a couple extra bux on the lift pump also. Or search and find the in tank install of that pump. SOmeone did it, might not be the exact pump, but same style i believe. What is actually leaking? the pump seal or the lines? the accumulator?
Not really sure where it was leaking from... I have future plans of a turbo so I need this pump. I thought it was only the 16v that had two pumps... The intank pump is accessed thought the trunk correct? I'll have to take a look.
I had planned to just rip off the big boxy old pump underneath, make a bracket that I can bolt the walbro to and a fuel filter on, hookup the lines and wire it and its done?
If I remember correctly, and I may not, some cars do and some don't. Much like all VAG cars, they can't just keep it simple, they must confound us at every turn. I would have to look back at the bentley to be certain but it was either a difference with the GTIs or because the car was fuel injected instead of carbureted.
Even if it does have one, as long as it still works you can mount the new pump ahead of the surge tank, which mine did have, and you should be fine.
in tank pump feeds the surge tank, in-line pump pulls from the surge tank and feeds the engine. this will allow the in tank pump to prime the system, and keep it from becoming a bottleneck in the system. Without the surge tank, the walbro pump will suck fuel faster than the in-tank pump can supply it. In this case it will supply fuel at the correct pressure, but maybe not at the correct volume.
Check that out and see if it is what your interested in. i believie its been done with a walbro inline too. It wouldnt need the surge tank as much, but it will be noisey when fuel is low. That would be my concern, low fuel cavitation on acceleration or decel.
black box under the rear passenger seat, under the car. the main fuel pump is screwed into the back side of it. Accumulator and filter is mounted to the sides of the pump, on the outside of the box. I have one sitting outside, ill shoot pics tomorrow.
So i looked, took out the intank pump. The walbro appears too big to make work like that guy did . So I either need to buy the pump he used or do what originally planned and put it underneath. I couldn't see any surge tank unless its part of that whole accumulator box thing...
I would suggest checking the load on your factory fuel pump wiring, whenever I installed a 195 or 255 I always relayed it with thick gauge wires or even put a dash switch. Make sure there is a new filter before the pump, I always installed mine closest to the tank, and you can use the tank pump as a feeder, but make sure your tank pump is unrestricted because walbros suck like a working girl right before Xmas.
Oh ok I see. So I have an intank one that appears fine...I will leave it. I have the accumulator box with old fuel pump and everything underneath still. I'm still trying to figure out my best route here.
I'll have to take a better look but is it possible to remove the old pump from that whole setup an replace it with the walbro one and still keep the factory surge tank and bracket and everything? Obviously it will need a bit of modding to mount.
Is it possible to just buy a mk3 style walbro and Ditch the surge tank and everything underneath? Or does that mean I have to swap gas tanks too...
This is tougher than I originally thought but I'm trying to figure out the easiest, most practical and clean looking option.
Since you have the pump already, ditch the box, run appropriate fuel injection fuel line for the return and feed, to the pump , use a mk3 fuel filter bracket and filter, and run that to the existing line. And replace the intank pump, there cheap. They cause the mains to fail usually.
If I do that I'm back to not having a surge tank? The return line runs from the fuel rail basically all the way to the intank pump I believe? And the feed line from the intank (ill buy a new oem one) - to filter - to inline pump - to fuel rail?
I dug out the old Bentley for the mk2 but there's not much that you guys haven't already helped me with In there. I snapped a couple pics of the accumulator box I will throw up this morning.
if you have an in tank pump, I wouldn't strap an external walbro on there without a surge tank in between. you'll end up choking the walbro, stressing it, and not getting the same volume of fuel to the engine, you'll get the proper pressure, but at reduced voume, in the end the walbro will fail.
I am NOT advertising for them... Most of their stuff is over-priced, but they do have some nice technical tidbits.
You can also run the math by doing a flow test out of the in-tank pump, and another flow test using the walbro, transferring fuel from one container to another... compare the volumes and you'll see that the in-tank pump alone will not supply enough fuel to the walbro when in series without a surge tank.
Ok I'm starting to make sense of it. That Bosch pump with the surge tank would be ideal except its $500!! I wonder if the walbro would fit in there or if the bosch and walbro are completely different sizes. Maybe I have to splurge...but I'm still sourcing options, I think it's my accumulator box that's leaking but I have a spare one
This is likely exactly what I need, I ripped off the old stuff last night. I'm just researching how those fittings (AN) will adapt to my existing lines and how it all ties together. Don't want any extra holes or whatever
That 034 unit is crazy pricey. It's also over-engineered because it's a pump surround. it is pretty though.
Much cheaper to either use the stock "accumulator" or another aftermarket surge tank that gets mounted seperately. There is NO FUNCTIONAL BENEFIT to the surround style. You pay A LOT more for the convenience and show car sparkle of an all-in-one solution... that's it.
I went through this when determining my setup too.
the stock accumulator (surge tank) isn't protected very well, so it's not terribly surprising that that would be leaking, especially if it's seen salty winter roads or spent a lot of its life outside.
try replacing your accumulator and throwing a walbro in place of the stock external pump before deciding to spend the extra cash on an aftermarket surge, or all-in-one surround.
also do some shopping around, fuel pumps vary a lot in price from store to store.
Will my walbro replace stock pump in the original accumulator box tho? 300 isn't a bad deal with the bosch pump included tho. I'm more worried about how all my lines will connect to those NA fittings. Where can I source these separate style surge tanks??
This is all new to me sorry guys, learning lots tho
I have a spare whole mk2 setup, accumulator, pump and everything but want to upgrade now for future plans. So I also have a brand new inline walbro. I'm not afraid to go a different route if there is one and not have to use my new pump.
Last edited by 2NICE4RICE; 10-03-2012 at 01:08 PM.
well I'll be damned. looks to be, yep. learn something new every day. I've never seen the mk2 setup in real 3. The mk1 is 2 seperate components. However the accumulator really is just an empty canister, yours just happens to have the external fuel pump sticking out of it (symantics, I know).
All the same still applies though, except that if you go with seperating the surge tank and fuel pump, you will need to buy an aftermarket surge... or make one. Nice basic unit:
Half my post didnt show up above.I also stated to try to find or fab a surge tank.2 ins 2 outs, with baffles depending on size. Rstolz has the right idea. The 034 unit is a great item, but it is pricy. You could sell the pump, or return it? and put it towards the 034 or other brand. You fuel unit doesnt appear to have the accumulator on it. Newer model. but that is the pump in the center. Did you find the leak? Source a new box. should be easy to find.
Not exactly sure where is leaking, I don't want to replace it with a stock pump just because I know I want to upgrade for a turbo anyway. I put my walbro up In The classifieds already, someone will get a decent deal an I'm pending a sale on a barely use IE system with bosch pump.
Thanks, I will keep you updated!