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Old 04-24-2009, 12:42 PM   #1
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I was about to order-up 2-extra hoses for each rubber coolant hose in the car. I did this in the VW's and it was very useful and made it home several times because of it. I want to be sure I make it home from the track...and its going to be about $230 to replace my ghetto-hose set-up with rubber. However, the list of stuff in the trunk including a full-set of tools is getting to be somewhat extreme at around 75lb.

Any thoughts on the cost/benefit of welding threaded AN adapters to each connection and running SS/teflon coolant hoses for the heater core and radiator lines to and from the motor?

Should I just go with t-bolt clamped SS lines?
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If the bits and labour will fit in your budget, my vote goes to the braided lines with -AN fittings. There is much to be said for form and function in the same part. Add in the durability, and you've got a winner.
When I was shopping for braided, I looked at the Aeroquip prices at Summit...then promptly chose their 'house brand' fittings. I'm sure there are cheaper to be found, but those little fellas are still working fine five years later...
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Also sounds like your prime candidate to pick up my "tire trailer". Great workbox included to hold all your "unmentionables".
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Also sounds like your prime candidate to pick up my "tire trailer". Great workbox included to hold all your "unmentionables".
I haz a tire trailer. However, I keep all this crap in the trunk for daily driving too. I'm sure you and I can find a use for those unmentionables this weekend too.
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See ya then.....
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Hustler - the great one has been reduced to a paranoid m.netter with the addition of a turbo. Dude.. lay off the reefer and you won't worry about **** so much

Seriously though, if you are that worried, i'd replace al lthe hoses/lines with new OEM stuff and cover the ones exposes to wear with heat shielding for the sutff around the turbo and wireloom if you're worried about others rubbing on anything.

How far are your drives to the track? I know when i've made the hike over to TGP (a little over an hour), i'll pack a good stash of basic tools and some extra hose for the water lines going to the turbo because those are the ones most likely to give you any problem. But as for things like rad. hoses, tb coolant lines, heater hoses.. you should be fine.
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If it's simply a security thing to get you home in a worst case scenario, you might just want to get a AAA membership. I've got the Premium package (or whatever they call it). It's like $70/yr and gets you (or any car you are in) up to three 100 mile tows per year. They charge you per mile after that. It has other benefits as I just used it the other day to pick up a non-running 96 I bought, used it when I locked my keys in the car, and they will bring you gas if you ever run out. Not to mention various discounts (including NAPA).
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