PIN­GEL PETCOCK

High-flow bil­let bril­liance

Motorcyclist - - Shift - —Zach Bow­man

IT MIGHT BE the be­gin­ning of the end of the car­bu­re­tor, but so long as there are bikes in sheds, there will be rid­ers and wrenches bent on get­ting the most out of their fuel sys­tems. Pin­gel has been around since 1967 and man­u­fac­tur­ing its own prod­ucts here in the United States since 1973. Put a close eye on any drag­bike, and you’re likely to see Pin­gel jew­elry on board.

We’ve bought a pile of Pin­gel fuel valves over the years, re­plac­ing tired or can­tan­ker­ous fac­tory vac­uum pet­cocks. Avail­able in a va­ri­ety of sizes and con­fig­u­ra­tions, they’ll fit just about any bike on the planet, and with a sim­ple on/off de­sign, there’s no won­der­ing if your carb’s get­ting the fuel it needs. We ad­mire them for that sim­plic­ity, but rid­ers with ex­ten­sive en­gine mod­i­fi­ca­tions choose them for their flow rate. Ac­cord­ing to Pin­gel, on av­er­age, an OEM valve moves about 28 ounces per minute. The com­pany’s Power-flo man­ages nearly 90, while the Guz­zler will do 211. Still not enough? The NV model pours out fuel at a ridicu­lous 9 gal­lons per minute. Made of bil­let alu­minum, stain­less steel, and brass, they also feel amaz­ing.

Ex­pect to pay for the priv­i­lege. Pin­gel fuel valves start at around $100, and go up from there. That might seem steep when you’re look­ing at an OEM re­place­ment for around $40, but it’s worth it. The Pin­gel valves are fully re­build­able, man­u­fac­tured in Wis­con­sin, and come with old-school, qual­ity cus­tomer sup­port. HARD PARTS

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