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Old 01-15-2021, 04:06 PM   #1
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Default Automotive Fire Extinguishers

About 6 months ago, a small fuel leak developed at the seal of my 740's FPR, which I luckily sniffed out and corrected immediately. It sure alerted me to the dangers of an automotive fire.

Seeing as I don't have fire extinguishers in any of my vehicles, I'd like to ask around and see what you guys recommend before I spend money on extinguishers that perform poorly. The only smaller automotive-like extinguisher I have is a 20 oz. Sears Halon 1211 2-B:C extinguisher from 1987. It still indicates it is at operating pressure, but I don't know if I would trust it. I also have various extinguishers at home but none of them are to be kept in cars.

The home extinguishers I have may also be due for a replacement because of age, so I could use some suggestions for those too. Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-15-2021, 04:07 PM   #2
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Also, where would be an ideal place to mount or keep an extinguisher on my '89 744T? I know it is important for it to be quick to access, but I don't want to stick it in plain view in my interior.
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Old 01-15-2021, 04:11 PM   #3
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I just run one I picked up from oriellys. Been about a year ago but on the road I had a fuel line pop on the fuel rail. It ignited the and I had a huge engine fire. Thank goodness I had a F.E. in my trunk. I pulled it out and it wouldnt spray, a mud dobber nest was in the nozzle. I found a hammer and popped the top off. Was about to save the car. Im now a firm believer in carrying a FE in the cab where I can grab it quickly. But will probably keep one in the trunk as well. I would say if you bought one from like Jegs or Summit might be the best place? Im sure others will tune in.
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Old 01-15-2021, 04:17 PM   #4
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Ever since someone in my village crashed and wasn't so lucky to survive I carry a good FE in my car. Never know when it comes in handy. Had to use it once.

Its a 2kg CO2 one though, might be little less effective than the nasty powder but still.

No idea how to mount it.
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Old 01-15-2021, 04:24 PM   #5
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Also, where would be an ideal place to mount or keep an extinguisher on my '89 744T? I know it is important for it to be quick to access, but I don't want to stick it in plain view in my interior.
I'd be more worried about it stoving in your head in a crash if it is loose
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Old 01-15-2021, 04:55 PM   #6
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For our racing series before we moved to onboard fire suppression, each car was required to carry an A, B, C rated fire extinguisher. At least 5 pounds. It is best to get one with a metal head with a metal locking bracket.

The metal brackets have withstood crashes when racing, but you don't want it situated where it could become a projectile. I have had drivers come in complaining of a loud suspension clunk, it was usually the fire extinguisher loose in the cab after a driver change. Luckily it never went off, I have see videos of that on a track.

I have also seen automotive brackets that attach to the seat rail mount points.
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Old 01-15-2021, 04:59 PM   #7
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For our racing series before we moved to onboard fire suppression, each car was required to carry an A, B, C rated fire extinguisher. At least 5 pounds. It is best to get one with a metal head with a metal locking bracket.

The metal brackets have withstood crashes when racing, but you don't want it situated where it could become a projectile. I have had drivers come in complaining of a loud suspension clunk, it was usually the fire extinguisher loose in the cab after a driver change. Luckily it never went off, I have see videos of that on a track.

I have also seen automotive brackets that attach to the seat rail mount points.
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Old 01-17-2021, 11:52 AM   #8
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Don't put it in the trunk ,we had a rear end accident back in Oct in our Bentley, kept one in the trunk, could not open the trunk if a fire happened. All of our cars now have one mounted between the seat and the driver side door. A friend of mine lost an '80 Turbo sedan for the lack of a fire extinguisher.
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Old 01-18-2021, 09:28 PM   #9
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Not cheap, but here's another alternative.
I remembered this Jay Leno video from years ago.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oBjXecsF860
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Old 01-18-2021, 10:02 PM   #10
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I like the seat rail mounts, and center console passenger side. It intrudes a bit on the passengers knee, but it is easily grabbed.

And Halon is definitely the way to go if it's in the budget. Many of the powdered extinguishers are corrosive.
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Old 01-20-2021, 01:19 PM   #11
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For a quick release mount, the Scott Drake ones are hard to beat: https://www.summitracing.com/parts/s...BoC8GgQAvD_BwE

Even available in a knock off for you TB-Cheap sobs: https://www.amazon.com/Release-Adjus.../dp/B07W1157R8

If it rattles, use some closed cell foam between bracket and mount to remove the slop.

If you're using a red steel cam-type extinguisher mount and don't want them to pop open, use either a small zip tie or a piece of tape to hold the clasp down against the band. If you double over the tape, it makes a nice handle for gloved hands to easily grab. I have never had an extinguisher come loose in the rally car or road race cars.
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