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1982 VW Jetta w/ Elsbett
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Hey folks,

I just bought a 1982 VW Jetta with a VO system already installed. It is an Elsbett. Everything is working fine, but the previous owner said the Elsbett filter costs 70 bucks a pop. Does anybody know of a good place to buy Elsbett filters?

They sold it because after they moved, they can't find any WVO supplies. For days when I don't need my F-250, this will save me a lot on my supplies.

-Jack


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Location: Centralia, WA | Registered: March 06, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Not sure what filter you have but my Els. uses a Mahle KX-35. A friend claimed to be able to cross reference it to ??? from Auto PartsGiant.com

It does cross-reference to Caterpillar and others.
http://www.mannol.de/Catalogue/Filter_SCT/11010.html

You can install a cheap $5 gas filter inline before the main filter but after the fuel heater. It helps.


1-tank Elsbett VW TDI , 220,000 WVO miles.
http://ctbiodzl.freeshell.org/votdi.html
and a '92 F-250 with only a FPHE
 
Location: Ct,USA | Registered: November 19, 2001Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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How is your conversion working?

I know this is a bit late.

My Elsbett conversion kit is still in the box.

I always thought the Elsbett fuel filter looked a bit hokey.

The problem is that their filter is about 3 1/8" in diameter, and the "stock" Racor type filter is about 3" in diameter. They supply a proprietary electric heat transfer ring that goes around the filter to provide inline heat.

A couple of options you might consider:

1 - put 2 filters in series, with the first cheaper filter to clean out most of the gunk, and the Elsbett filter to provide the pre-heating

2 - make a copper shim to go between the Elsbett preheater and a "stock" Racor style VW filter cartridge. Perhaps move it to an easily accessible location. Note, the Racor Style filter has a large aluminum block on top that would act as a heat sink. Perhaps that is the reason Elsbett chose a proprietary filter that clamps on like an in-line filter.

3 - consider adding injection line heaters like offered in other kits, or made with stainless steel wire.

Note, I have seen comments about supplementing the Elsbett system with tank heaters and injection line heaters.
 
Location: Oregon | Registered: October 17, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I was just browsing on the internet, and found this: $9.99 + $6 shipping, and he will combine shipping.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors...fPartsQ5fAccessories

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors...fPartsQ5fAccessories



Seller: prothe
Store: http://stores.ebay.com/prothe

I've sent a note requesting more info from the seller, but outwardly, this looks similar to to the Elsbett filter.
 
Location: Oregon | Registered: October 17, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Thanks for the link and pics keelec.
Yes it does look lik ethe Elsbett filter, which is probably just a std VW filter.

My 6 year old Elsbett backup filter probably needs replacing even though it has less than 1000 miles on it. I only use it when the main filter plugs up, or during very cold days in January.

Re: Option 1: Pre-filter
I've used these for 6 years. my new commute allows 80-90 mph on hills. I use 100% of the TDI's power. I found the prefilter was reducing fuel flow a little and I have more power now without it.


1-tank Elsbett VW TDI , 220,000 WVO miles.
http://ctbiodzl.freeshell.org/votdi.html
and a '92 F-250 with only a FPHE
 
Location: Ct,USA | Registered: November 19, 2001Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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All of my VW's have a "Racor Style" cartridge filter. But, perhaps some VW's... somewhere came with these inline filters.

However... I asked the seller for the diameter and the micron rating of the filter... and got a most unique answer back.
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It has been our experience when customers ask these sort of questions we do not have what you are needing.

- prothe
It is obvious that the seller doesn't want to go out of their way to make a sale... or perhaps multiple sales.
 
Location: Oregon | Registered: October 17, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post



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It looks like a stock replacement filter that would fit an 85 golf diesel.
 
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