2007 Suzuki Vstrom Fuel Filters Replace

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2007 Suzuki Vstrom Fuel Filters Replace

I was headed back home after a day in the mountains outside Malibu. I noticed my engine was losing power when I would be on the throttle.  Eventually my RPM’s wouldn’t go higher than about 6000.  By the time I got on the freeway my top speed was about 65 mph.  This is a nerve wracking experience on a Las Angeles freeway!  I eventually made it home in one piece and went straight to the computer and ordered the low pressure filter screen and high pressure fuel regulator for my fuel pump.

Here are the part numbers for the two filters you need.

15610-27G00 – High pressure fuel regulator.  This is the high pressure fuel filter.

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15420-05H00 – Low pressure screen.  This is the low pressure fuel filter and acts like a prefilter for fuel entering the fuel pump.

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This isn’t a “how to” on replacing the filters but I can offer up a few things that might help someone who wants to change out their own filters.

The first suggestion is either run down your tank to almost empty and then siphon out as much gas as you can.  The tank doesn’t have to be bone dry because what little gas is left will go forward out of the way when you lift the tank.

You don’t have to remove the tank from the bike to get to the fuel pump.  You can see here where I removed the seat and a few side panels that allowed me to tilt the tank up.  Then using my special tool (Sharpie Marker) I propped the tank up.  The marker fits perfect in the holes that are used to bolt down the rear of the tank.  I then removed the coolant overflow tank to get it out of the way.  I didn’t even remove the lines from the overflow tank.  Just removing it from its’ bracket is enough to push it out of the way.

From this point you need to remove the high pressure fuel connection.  Be careful here because you don’t want to break the plastic connector.  By squeezing both sides of the fitting you can easily release the hose fitting.  It’s not hard if you look at how the connection works.  Do not use a screwdriver or anything to pry the hose off.  This is by hand only!

 

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It was a pain to remove the fuel pump assembly from the bike because of the float arm for the fuel gauge.  To remedy this I just removed the three screws and wires that bolt it to the fuel pump and left the float in the tank.  Very easy to do.  Here you can see where I started to remove the small bolts holding the float assembly to the fuel pump.

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This is a pic of the other side of the pump just to show the orientation of the wires for re-installation. The white top part is the high pressure fuel filter.

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This shot shows the fuel regulator which is also the high pressure fuel filter removed.  The metal cylinder is the actual fuel pump.  Under the fuel pump is the low pressure screen.  To get to that you have to slide what’s left off the two metal brackets holding the assembly to the round place.  This will reveal the low pressure screen.

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This is jumping ahead a little because I have already installed the new low pressure screen but it shows how everything slides off the round base plate.  There is one large O-ring you need to remove before the assembly will slide off.

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This shows the filthy low pressure screen.  To remove it you need to gently pry it off.  I carefully used a flat head screwdriver.  Be careful because as the screen holds the fuel pump into the white plastic cylinder.  As soon as you pry the screen off the fuel pump will fall out the other end.  Be ready.  You don’t want the fuel pump to fall out and get damaged.  That would suck big time.

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To get the new screen in place you have to fold the sides down.  It’s a friction fit and takes a pretty good push to get it to seat into place.  When replacing the high pressure filter make sure to make sure to move over the O-rings from the old assembly onto the new one.  There is also a small plastic piece that needs to be move from the old to the new part that has an O-ring above it and below it.  When you put the new and old parts next to each other it becomes very obvious what I’m talking about.

While I had access I went ahead and changed out the spark plugs.  Nothing fancy here.  I just use regular type plugs.  The old ones worked great for the first 50,000 miles.  The old plugs actually looked pretty good for as many miles as they had on them.

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You don’t need to remove anything else to get to either spark plug at this point.  The rear plug is on left side of the bike and the forward plug is on the right side.

This job is not hard to to and took about two hours total to do from start to finish.  Order your parts online and you will save a lot of cash.  Make sure to get your Sharpie marker before you start.  If you want to get crazy you can pick another color besides black.

Also, don’t forget to plug the electrical connector to the fuel pump back together.  Not that I would ever make a mistake like that……..you know……..just saying…………….