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Varadero Fuel Pump defect model 1998-2002


PLEASE NOTE before reading this section:

By changing your bike, adding the modifications as mentioned on this page, you must understand that – if your Motorcycle is still under warranty – this can- and will affect any possible and future warranty claims to the manufacturer. Adding any of the modifications as mentioned on this page or this website in general, is purely the responsibility of the owner of the affected motorcycle.

Source: Varadero International Mailinglist
Posted: August 15th, 2004
Regarding: Replacement fuelpump MK1
By: B. Tinson, UK

The Honda solenoid operated pump, with its points that burn out is rubbish. Far better to fit a modern rotary pump off of a car. Take the Honda pump into any motor factors and ask for a petrol pump of the same diameter - the length doesn't really matter as there is plenty of room. Even if you cant get exactly the same diameter, as it fits into a rubber holder you can stretch the rubber or make other adjustments.

Ensure that the new pump has an automatic cut out - most of them do. Check the diameter of the hoses, the car pump could be bigger - buy a length of new tubing and a few tubing clips. Fit the pump, cover the whole thing in a plastic bag to keep the water out and forget! The car pump will be about a third of the price of the Honda pump and will be much more reliable. The do it yourself route is easy simple and cheap. Go the Honda way and it will be time consuming, frustrating and expensive!

I have just found out that a Kawasaki GTR1000 thermostatic fan switch at 35.00 ( 55 euro?) is the same as that off of a Honda Civic 15.00 (23 euro?). Don't worry about flow rate, pressure, etc. All automatic pressure sensitive petrol pumps are much the same. They are just made in different shapes and sizes to fit specific spaces.

Barry - England

Source: Varadero International Mailinglist
Posted: August 15th, 2004
Regarding: Replacement fuelpump MK1
By: Ganth, Singapore

This is the Mitsubishi car fuel pump I using on my Vara. It is just slightly 15mm longer than the original. The modifications you need to do are adding bigger rubber tube to compensate the smaller diameter for the inlet & outlet hoses and replace the connector. The replacement process will only take 10~15mins as it is just plug & play job. I have bought extra rubber holder for my new spare which will make the replacing job easier and cleaner. I found Vara performs better with this new fuel pump than the original, better pick up and engine noise reduced. No significant fuel comsumption change noticed.


They are two model we have tested over here, name Mitsubishi car fuel
pump V4 & V6. I don't have the exact code for the fuel pumps. You may
refer to the photos attached for V4 & V6 differences. Anyway, both also
can be used on Varadero as these two pumps are identical except the
arrangement of the fuel inlet & outlet are different. V4 fuel inlet &
outlet arrangement are more appropriate for Vara; V6 will have some
obstruction against the plastic skid plate.



The Mitsubishi V4 fuel pump

The Mitsubishi V6 pump as used by Ganth

the QH pump installed

The QH pump

QH replacement fuel pump

Our ‘2000 MK1 was now affected by the faulty fuel pump issue for the third time. Although we added an modification as introduced at the ‘Modifications’ section, as mentioned there, this modification – adding an extra condensate to take away the power of the spark generated by the original Honda fuel pump’s contacts – could not prevent the damage on our 3rd fuel pump (another Honda original).

We where really disappointed by the bad quality of the Honda original. There fore, we decided to change for a replacement pump. As mentioned by Barry Tinson, above, we took the original fuel pump to a cars part shop and asked for possible replacements.

We found our pump! 

The pump of our choice is from the manufacturer ‘QH’, which stands for Quinton Hazell Automotive, Nuneaton, England. Part number is QFP171E1, and on the box there is also this code added: “EQULV : FP502E”.

You only need to adjust the original mounting of the fuel pump. The QH pump is 50 mm longer as the original.

The engine runs good on it, but we have to make a firm test spin to make sure. VIM7 and our after- VIM trip in to the Baltic States should be perfectly suited for it! 

We will give the new pump a good testspin under 'hight pressure' on the German Motorway this weekend and keep you posted.


Here is a photo of the alternate fuel pump. I have realised that I should have taken a photo of the pump installed but I forgot to do that. If you want me to take more photos let me know.  The parts lists for the alternate fuel pump set up are as follows:

* 1 Fuel Flo pump Model 015 - This pump is made by Fuel Flow Systems Ltd, Waikato, New Zealand. The mounting lugs have to cut off the pump body. After this modification, the pump fits into the rubber holder that holds the original pump.

* 1 fuel line with bend - This was purchased from an auto parts store and is part of a Z shaped fuel line. The small piece of fuel line was cut from the large Z piece.

* 2 air hose fittings - The pump requires fuel line with an 8 millimetre ID. The ID of the  Honda fuel line is 10mm so I purchased 2 brass air hose adaptors that stepped up between the two different size fuel lines.

* 4 small hose clamps and 2 larger hose clamps. The hose clamps are required to secure the fuel lines to the pump and the brass fittings.

* Electrical connector - 2 pin male - The wire on the pump is short and won't reach to the connector on the bike wiring harness so I fitted a 2 pin male connector to the wire from the pump and modified the original Honda wire and fitted a 2 pin female connector.


Ian, Australia.