Last, it's one of those things to keep an eye on, and with the alcohol in US fuels you should check your fuel line regularly as they tend to start to crack, especially the OEM line.
Scott - how do you recommend we "keep an eye on" our fuel lines? If the alcohol in our US gas degrades the line, won't it do so from the inside?
Burning fire next to the gas tank? I'm only thinking about the trail of dust I'll leave running away!
You mean, kind of like the fuel hose in singhg5's (sorry buddy!) picture above?
No, don't lube the fittings. First off, your new hose will likely last much longer. Second, if it sticks just do what you did: cut it off carefully.
I usually use a bit of spit to get recalcitrant hoses on. Be careful not to bend the fuel outlet on the pump. That bit of plastic is expensive. makes sure you have 5/16" hose. 1/4" doesn't work very easily. Did you shorten it?Bare
I shortened mine 1-1/2" vs the stock one. It didn't break anything and the whole system worked fine.Bare