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Clear engine hoses

does anyone know of any clear tubes you could use for the engine hoses? i thought it would be cool to have clear coolant hoses. then you could always see the condition of your coolant. also the other hoses too...

is there any manufacture of hoses like this?
could this work?

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Old 12-05-2003, 08:50 AM
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Hmmmmm,

Seems like they would discolor very quickly..Interesting Idea though.

I am going to change all of my hoses possible to AN fittings and stainless braided.

Trouble with coolant hoses is the unique shapes and flares....
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I've seen guys do auto engine conversions on homebuilt aircraft with clear coolant hoses. I'm not sure of the exact hose, but I believe they used the clear hose with the criss-crossing fiber reinforcement that is found in hardware stores.
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Check out www.ryanherco.com.

Has lots of hose goodies.

I've used them for over 20 years for chemical processing.
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I used surgical air tubing for my small vacuum lines. I think it looks kinda cool, but it's different, but you can blow smoke in them and see it go through and if you have a leak it's easier to spot, IMO. I have my FPR and my Dampner hooked up like that. and the purge. Course my G-ma is on O2 so I have lots of rubber hose. They bring her new every time they fill the tank. every other week.
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we having a group buy ??? lol - great idea so
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also, i thought this would be cool, because you could easily tell if you need to bleed your upper coolant hose.
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Yes, it can be done on some of the upper coolant hoses. I don't think you would have much luck with the lower radiator to waterpump hose.

I would definately get the braided hose.

Another thing to consider would be the ability of the clear hose to resist heat and oil\power steering fluid.

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oil/power steering fluid corrodes some rubbers?
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You can get teflon lined chemical tubing.
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i was definately considering the tubing with inter-molded braid. do you think i would be able to just buy feet of this tubing and not have to buy bulk?

SoCal how much does this stuff cost?
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I used surgical air tubing for my small vacuum lines. I think it looks kinda cool, but it's different, but you can blow smoke in them and see it go through and if you have a leak it's easier to spot, IMO. I have my FPR and my Dampner hooked up like that. and the purge. Course my G-ma is on O2 so I have lots of rubber hose. They bring her new every time they fill the tank. every other week.
that's a pretty cool idea! I can already see my next weekend project gelling......
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STOP!!! Surgical O2 tubing is not ment for automotive use. It can not take any kind of heat. The heat that comes off an automotive engine will cause it to collapse. The reason they bring todwic's g-ma new tubing every other week is because the tubing breaks down under any kind of ultra violet light/and or heat. We replace our clear suction tubing in the O.R. after every surgical case because this stuff is made for one patient use only. After several hours of use this tubing is well know to collapse. Get that stuff off your car ASAP!
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