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Old 10-28-2013, 11:13 AM   #1
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Default T-Clamps on radiator hoses?

I have an intermittent radiator leak (leaks in the morning, but not in the afternoon? OK...) coming from the lower radiator hose it looks like. I already have a replacement hose en route, but I want to make sure I don't damage the hose and make sure I have a good fastener on the hose as opposed to a 19 year old OEM tension clamp or a worm-gear clamp.

You guys think that putting T-bolt clamps for the cooling hoses is a good idea?
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Old 10-28-2013, 11:21 AM   #2
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Yes. But worm drive is 100% reliable also.

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Old 10-28-2013, 11:36 AM   #3
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Yeah, I guess I need to just get the non-crap ones and go to NAPA after work and pick up a handful of these: NAPA AUTO PARTS
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I have yet to see an OEM clamp that has been worn out. In my opinion, they give the most consistent and appropriate clamping force.
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OEM or high-end worm clamps here.
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Old 10-28-2013, 04:58 PM   #6
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I should have known better using low-end fasteners on my high-end radiator.
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If you need a t-bolt clamp for your cooling system, there is something majorly wrong with your cooling system.
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Wiggins clamps on your radiator or go home.


Or Gates Powergrips.
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ALLOFIT through the radiator.

I see the light now
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Stainless steel radiators because aluminum just won't hold the pressure.
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wrong.

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so it doesn't stretch
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Stretch is good, though. Gives you more volume when you really need it.

It's like a MKiv R32 Golf intake manifold under boost.
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Ughhhh it's not the hose that is leaky, *****.
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Definitely time for a stainless steel radiator.
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I have a TSE, but please continue to go on.
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The irony of both the name, and it's spelling..
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That's the joke
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I know dude LOL. Lighten up, welcome to MT

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Wiggins clamps on your radiator or go home.
I lol'd

I use a t-bolt on the rear housing only because it was easier to orientate to make removal as smooth as possible. That's it. Still use OEM on the front.
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Woke up at 5:30, went to the gym and lifted, came back home and pulled radiator.

Gettin' **** done before work. whatup
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