Fuel System


Q: How do I adjust the pressure of my BBK Fuel Pressure Regulator?

(Parts possibly affected: 1706, 1707, 1714)

A. BBK’s fuel pressure regulators should come preset from the factory at around 39-40psi. If you need to adjust for either higher or lower pressure you can. You’ll first want to loosen the regulators “locking nut” by rotating it counter clockwise. You can then use an allen key to adjust pressure up (clockwise) or down (counter-clockwise) to your liking. Once you’ve achieved your desired pressure, make sure you tighten the locking nut into place. For the most accurate pressure readings, be sure to check out BBK’s “Fuel Pressure Gauge” part #1617.

Q. My 1617 Fuel Gauge isn't fitting on my BBK Fuel regulator on my Mustang; it hits the intake. How is this supposed to fit on the car?

A. The gauge kit comes with an adapter to allow you to attach it to the Schrader valve, which is located on the fuel rail at the front of the motor on the Passenger Side. This is the port that you use to relieve fuel pressure from your system, and will work equally well to take a pressure reading. Here, you will have better viewing capabilities than on the regulator itself. The port on the top of the regulator is mainly for those customers wishing to run a remote line to the cab for mounting purposes there.

Q. I put a supercharger on my Mustang, but when I hooked it up to the fuel regulator, the pressure stayed the same. Did I do something wrong?

(part numbers affected include: 1706, 1707, 1617)

A. The BBK Fuel pressure regulator is not a Boost Referencing model, meaning that forced induction systems will require the use of an FMU (Fuel Management Unit), usually supplied with the supercharger kit.

Q. I think my 1714 GM Fuel regulator kit is missing parts. Aren't I supposed to get a diaphragm?

(part numbers affected include: 1714)

A. This BBK kit utilizes the same diaphragm that is on your car. Simply remove the non-adjustable lid per the supplied instructions, and reinstall the BBK adjustable piece. This will offer the same reliable seal as the factory unit, while allowing full adjustability of your fuel pressure.

Q. Why didn't my fuel pump have any hoses, wires, or harnesses like the one in the advertisement?

(part numbers affected include: 1526, 1527, 1606, 1607, 1621, 1622, 1625, 1626, 1627, 1630)

A. Only a few of our pump offerings come with any wiring harnesses or hoses, as they won't adapt directly without them. Most will be able to retain the factory harness, and should be fine for use as you received it.

Q. Will BBK's in-line fuel pump#1602 work as my primary pump?

(part numbers affected include: 1602)

A. The in-line pump from BBK was designed as a puller pump, to be used in-line with an in-tank pump to give greater potential to the overall system. It was not designed to be used as a primary pump.

Q. Will the in-line fuel pump #1602 work for my custom application?

(part numbers affected include: 1602)

A. The 1602 in-line pump was designed as an additional puller pump. The pump should allow just about anyone looking to add a puller pump to their arsenal the ability to increase fuel pressure safely and effectively. However, the fittings that are supplied with the kit are specifically for a Ford application. This means that if you plan on running the pump on another application, you will most likely need to adapt those fittings for your particular use or locate some that will work as replacements for the supplied ones.

Q. I installed a BBK Fuel regulator on my vehicle. Now my car will not hold pressure as long when the vehicle is turned off. Should I send it back?

(part numbers affected include: 1617, 1706, 1707, 1714, 1526, 1527, 1606, 1607, 1621, 1622, 1625, 1626, 1627, 1630)

A. So long as your pressure remains relatively constant while running (which it should), you shouldn't have to worry about that leak-down when the car is not running. In fact, we believe that a little bit of leak-down is healthier for the system, as it will relieve the pressure in the fuel system when not in use, which could possibly help extend the life of your equipment. The only real downside to the leak-down is that your pump might have to gear up a half-second longer when you first turn your car on; but then again, even the stock regulator has a slow leak-down rate, which eventually will lower the pressure to the same levels, so depending on how long your car sits in between starts, it could even be a moot point!

Q. Why won't BBK fuel pumps and fuel regulators work on a 1998 and up Mustang?

A. In the 1998 model year, Ford switched their fuel system to a return-less system. The model years previous to this used a physical regulator and a constant-velocity fuel pump to regulate the pressure throughout the system. The old-style system constantly supplies a fairly standard pressure (depending on load), the regulator only allows a certain amount of that pressure into the fuel system, and the excess fuel and pressure is bled back to the fuel tank. On the newer design, the fuel pump is a completely different design that works with varying pulses of voltage, and the computer monitors and controls the fuel pressure. Basically, the ECU (Engine Control Unit) controls the fuel pressure by telling the pump to speed up when the engine is under load, and tells it to slow down when you are just cruising, constantly varying the pump speed to control pressure in the system. While the newer style pumps can be adapted to be used in older applications, the older-style pumps and systems will not adapt to the newer-style ones.

Q. I purchased a BBK adjustable Fuel regulator part # 1706/1707. Now I can't adjust below about 35 psi. Am I doing something wrong?

(part numbers affected include: 1526, 1527, 1606, 1607, 1621, 1622, 1625, 1626, 1627, 1630)

A. The BBK regulator is not designed to regulate pressure below the stock setting of about 38 psi. it should allow plenty of adjustability from stock settings and up, to allow high-horsepower engines that need the extra pressure over stock in order to achieve more fuel flow at high RPM's.