I think all the 600s have the same fuel taps. They are made of some kind of plastic and the one in the rear is probably the most prone to damage. When you prop the tank up you have to pull it back a ways and if it falls off it's prop the rear fuel tap smacks the seat frame rail. At least that's how I think I broke mine. It didn't leak right away, but when it decided to go it dumped a lot of gas through the bike. Anyway, I bought replacement taps from some online outfit that were for Ducatis and cost about $22 a piece, so with one of those in hand I set about replacing the broken one. My God what a job. It turns out some knucklehead at Triumph decides to glue the thing into the tank and the only way to get it out was to dig it out with a pipe tap. Since it's plastic it comes out fairly easily, but I had to grind the tap (because I used a tapered pipe tap for a straight hole) to fit further down into the threaded hole to reach the last bit of thread. All the while the tank had to be propped upside down and I was worried about scratching the tank. Anyway, it took a couple hours and a lot of fiddling to fix it.
I think the replacement is made of metal. Use PTFE thread tape on the new one to seal it. Just be careful when the tank is removed to protect the gas taps underneath. Also, the wiring and tubing must have been assembled by a blind person, so take some time to reroute them so they aren't stretched.
I'm all for quick disconnect fittings and progress and all, but I could rebuild the top end of my old Triumph in the time it took to check the valves on my new one, which is what eventually led to my having to replace the tap. ...and this story cost me $11.95!
The replacement fuel fitting is made of aluminum. DO NOT delay having this done. When my Sprint ST started leaking, it required a full tank of gas to ride the 10 miles to the dealer. Not a smart or safe act. Not a problem since. If you want to do the job yourself, Great Bay Triumph has brass fittings available online.
I've read in various places where, unless your machine specifically requires the anti-knock additive load in Premium, you are better off using the lower grades.
In fact, the lower grade fuel has more energy by volume than Premium, because the additives don't contribute to the power output. I usually use Plus because I've been bitten by really crappy "Regular".
That all being said, something in the Plus damn sure discolors the "Aluminium" powder coat.
I own both a 2002 Sprint ST and a 2002 Daytona 955, and have 19,000 miles on one, and 15,000 miles on the other. For the record, they have been terrific, reliable bikes - the only issue I've had is that the fuel fittings broke on the Sprint, which promptly dumped a tankful of gas on the bike and instantly stained the frame. This happened before the recall was issued. I told my dealer that I didn't want a repainted frame, and in an incredible display of customer service, Triumph replaced my frame for free! They certainly have earned my loyalty.
This happened before the recall was issued. The recall has been issued for months. I'm sure at this point that Triumph would not do the same for someone foolish enough to still be driving around with the plastic fittings.
Regarding the Triumph fuel fitting recall, how on earth can I get this accomplished? I was notified by Triumph months ago about the recall. My local dealer has told me on several occasions that no parts are available. Triumph of America has told me that they are. I even offered to buy the fittings and install them myself. I guess that I will have to buy some aftermarket fuel fittings. JVLIV
Can't say I agree with your happiness with Triumph customer service. I replace my Sprint ST fittings when they leaked at 60,000 miles and a year before the recall. When I asked Triumph about reimbursing me the estimated warranty replacement cost they kept dodging an answer. The leaking fittings had been a known problem at least two years before the recall.
My bike was still under warranty at the time the fuel fittings failed. With 60,000 miles on it, I'm guessing yours was out of warranty. That may have made a difference. The other aspect is the dealer. Mine was very helpful - maybe that's why they were the number one Triumph dealer in the U.S. in 2004.
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