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 Posted: 12-18-2006 09:45 pm
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smcmanus
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Anyone got numbers for the radiator hoses?

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Steve

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 Posted: 12-19-2006 01:34 am
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I've always just bought them from Delta Motorsports.  Their upper and lower radiator hoses use the proper material (kevlar, IIRC).  The manifold hose is a name brand such as Gates and does not use kevlar.

I've found that the hoses remain essentially uncracked for three years, and last at least two years longer once significant surface cracks appear.  In other words, they seem to have a five year lifespan.

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 Posted: 12-20-2006 04:40 pm
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I just ordered them.  My problem is not in paying Delta for them, it is the week or so delay in getting them.  It would be nice if there was an alternative. 

I rebuilt my wife's 20 y/o BMW 325e a couple years ago.  The original hoses were still supple and in good condition inside and out.  I slapped new hoses on but it really didn't need them.  I'm surprised that these special and relatively expensive kevlar hoses only last 3 years before cracking.

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Steve

 

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 Posted: 12-23-2006 11:00 pm
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I'm talking about cracks appearing only in the outer surface of the hose, at the points where the hose flexes due to engine vibration and torquing.  The cracks I've seen were not of the sort to actually leak, but this is an issue on which I'm quite sensitive.

I have cats that have access to the car.  A leaking hose would allow coolant to puddle on the garage floor, and if the cats were to drink any of it, they'd likely die.  Over the years, I've lost several cherished pets because former neighbors demonstrated poor control of their antifreeze.

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 Posted: 01-07-2007 12:44 pm
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I have found that a Australian Ford laser 81-85 lower hose fits the lower one on the Jensen quite well , I think I did have to cut about a inch off, I can’t quite remember as it was a while ago, Still shows no signs of cracking and is as new. The Ford laser was simply a rebadged Mazda 323 in Australia I believe it may have been called a Mazda Familia or GLC in the US It was the first FWD version .

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