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Old 10-27-2006, 11:24 PM   #1
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I'm FPR shopping, and there are a few deals on the Vortech Super FMU. I know not many (or maybe any) people use it here, but I was wondering if anybody knows anything about it. It looks like it also uses fixed ratio discs, and isn't adjustable like the BEGi unit. If the common Vortech discs fit, then it might not be a big deal. But what do you think? About $75 for a Vortech Super, or a used BEGi if it ever comes up for sale again (I called a bit late on both FMDoD)?
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The SFMU has five separate adjustments:
1.) The main spring adjusting screw
2.) The calibration ring & disc
3.) The vacuum screw
4.) The optional bleed screw
5.) The boost screw

What do these adjustments do?
1.) The main adjusting screw sets the basic static fuel pressure level of the unit. By adjusting the main screw any initial pressure can be set.
2.) The calibration ring and disc are used to set the slope of the fuel pressure increase with increasing boost pressure. Four different diameter rings and discs are included with the SFMU.
3.) The vacuum screw acts like a vacuum regulator. If it is set to give, for example, 5 in hg gauge, the upper chamber of the SFMU will only see 5 in hg even though the engine manifold pressure may drop to 18 in hg at idle. The result of this is the fuel pressure remains constant from idle vacuum up to 5 in hg then the pressure will start to increase.
4.) The optional bleed screw does two things. First, it will lower the slope of the curve set by the calibration ring. So, it can be used to "fine tune" the pressure vs. boost curve. Second, it acts as a damper to "soften" the transitions in the curve.
5.) The boost screw acts in a similar manner as the vacuum screw in that it performs like a pressure regulator. It can be set to limit the maximum fuel pressure. If the screw is set all the way in it will not regulate and the curve will continue to rise as boost increases. If the screw is set to relieve at, say, 10 psig then once that manifold pressure is reached any manifold pressure above that will not increase the fuel pressure. More here.
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I'm FPR shopping, and there are a few deals on the Vortech Super FMU. I know not many (or maybe any) people use it here, but I was wondering if anybody knows anything about it. It looks like it also uses fixed ratio discs, and isn't adjustable like the BEGi unit. If the common Vortech discs fit, then it might not be a big deal. But what do you think? About $75 for a Vortech Super, or a used BEGi if it ever comes up for sale again (I called a bit late on both FMDoD)?

Just to add to what B said:
The SFMU still requires disks (and washers too IIRC) to adjust gross pressure rise vs boost, but adds set screws to fine tune. These disks are not interchangable with the standard FMU disks. Seems like a real trick unit, and also like a hassle.

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Hey Ben, notice the thing about the boost screw? Looks like a pressure regulator is utilized to limit the amout of rise. I'm going to try it with my Vortech FMU.
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