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Old 10-18-2008, 09:00 PM   #1
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Default Flexible metal hose for lower radiator?

Since I have power steering and AC, it's going to be tight getting my intercooler pipe down the hot side, so figured I would get rid of all that metal radiator hose with two rubber hoses connected to the lower radiator and go with a flexible stainless braided of some sort...any recommendations? Also, anyone happen to know the diameter of the connections offhand? Thanks.

was thinking about something like this:
http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku
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Old 10-18-2008, 09:03 PM   #2
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begi makes a niece piece to get around that stuff.
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Use this NAPA hose:




ok...now back to my sexually demanding wife.
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Use this NAPA hose:




ok...now back to my sexually demanding wife.

+1, just go to your local parts store and get a rubber flex hose.
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Nice, thanks!
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Ben happened across an NB lower hose that looked like it would work nicely.
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+1, just go to your local parts store and get a rubber flex hose.
+2. That's what I did.
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Thanks...I went to Advance Auto and bought a $12 flex hose like the one pictured above: 1.25" X 20" fit PERFECT...I did use some worm clamps on it instead of the stock spring clamps just because I didn't want to chance the spring clamps being tight enough.
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Are you guys replacing the entire lower hose - two hoses and solid metal pipe section ?
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Are you guys replacing the entire lower hose - two hoses and solid metal pipe section ?
Yes, ditch the 2 hoses and metal pipe and put in the flex hose.
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Cool! That is a good option !
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I know this is an ugly pic, but its the only one I have of the hose, its my upper, but you can cut them to any length and its working very well for me. I got it from summit, I believe its stainless steel.

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The one issue with piping like that, is it's going to be a bitch to bleed all the air out. I would personally use smooth piping as much as possible. Go get a AN fitting welded onto your radiator and run a big -6 line or something.
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When I switched to bigger intercooler pipes, I needed more space.

So I got one of the FM lower silicone hoses


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When I switched to bigger intercooler pipes, I needed more space.

So I got one of the FM lower silicone hoses

Yeah I want that hose too but I also want to try the Gates
Flex-Form FF251 to see if it fits and is cheaper
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The one issue with piping like that, is it's going to be a bitch to bleed all the air out. I would personally use smooth piping as much as possible. Go get a AN fitting welded onto your radiator and run a big -6 line or something.
-6 is smaller than an oil cooler line
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Yeah I want that hose too but I also want to try the Gates
Flex-Form FF251 to see if it fits and is cheaper
I was skeptical at first but the form/fitment is flawless and it's only 40 bucks.

Plus it looks really clean down there next to all my dirty ****, lol.
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