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« on: March 22, 2010, 09:44:46 AM »

getting round to replacing fuel lines. With braided hoses, does anyone have a preferred method of cutting them.?
or is it strong tape and a sharp hacksaw.  just want to avoid any fraying or splaying if possible

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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2010, 10:33:35 AM »

Hi Graham,

I have used an angle grinder with a very thin metal cutting disc - works well, although it will smoke/smell when cutting through the rubber part!

The hacksaw method works, but the blade tends to snag on the individual strands and can make a bit of a mess of the end if you are not careful.
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2010, 10:41:41 AM »

+1

A very good pair of tin snips can also be made to work but the angle grinder is by far the better option.
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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2010, 11:36:04 AM »

Thanks both.   Neighbour has a grinder so i can get a thin blade for it.
Will do a bit more investigating first and see if anywhere will precut to order

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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2010, 08:30:33 PM »

You could buy the special tool for doing this - last time I looked it was 175 !

So instead I use a hose clamp that is tightened up just enough to apply pressure all the way round the braid and then use a Dremel with a fine cutting disc.
I have also seen people use electrical tape or duct tape instead on the hose clamp.

Be sure to put the end finisher on first, the the jubilee/hose clamp second then cut, then simply pull the hose clamp off and slide the finisher into place.
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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2010, 10:43:51 PM »

Like everyone's said, thin grinding disc is the best, and what i've seen the pro's use. If buying from a goodridge stockist for instance, they normally will cut hose to size for free as well.
Or if your like me, normally have the use of a vice and hacksaw with a decent blade, will do the job; just about.
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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2010, 07:24:10 PM »

Apart from the fuel in and out hoses,  the hose in worst condition (20 mm) is below the carb. Running from the block then under the screen wash reservoir into the servo unit. Is this just a vacuum hose?

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« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2010, 11:40:01 PM »

Yes. It should have a non return valve in the middle of it.

They frequently look tatty  - whatever you replace it with make sure it doesn't suck flat in use !
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« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2010, 07:11:26 PM »

One point on cutting hoses with a grinder/ dremmel do ensure you wash out the hose carefully before use or you will have lots of excitng carb problems.
I cut the Goodrich hoses on my Montecarlo with a high speed cutting disc on a dremmel having wrapped the hose in tank tape.

Eric
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