Editor on P Plates
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Express Publications, Sydney.
I have what may sound a stupid question, but I admit I have NFI on this subject, so I’m hoping someone can give me a rundown on the basics of braided hose.
I’ve had a lot of performance work done to my various cars over the years, but I’ve never bothered much with the ‘cosmetic’ side of the engine bay or bits you couldn’t see all the time. After all the positive comments I received at All Ford Day on the 27th though, I’m thinking of going to the next step with the engine bay, and this is where I need help.
Everyone has heard of braided hose, and most cars that appear in places like Street Machine are festooned with mountains of the stuff, but exactly what’s the deal with it?
I’m presuming it’s a flexible metal outer with some sort of rubber inner layer, and then you have the anodized clamps that you see at each end of a hose?
Compared to the standard type clamps you see on rubber hoses, how do these work? How do they actually clamp the hose onto the fitting if there is no visible means of tightening them?
Obviously I’m also interested only in real braided hose, and not the look-alike stuff that is just a sleeve to slide over your original plastic pipes.
Any help for a clueless guy from those that have it would be greatly appreciated.
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