Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Silicone Coolant Hoses
I spent an hour replacing most of the coolant hoses with blue silicone. 16mm - heater, link and blank, 8mm expansion tank link and 32mm hockey stick to engine and radiator and a 35mm to 32mm 90 deg bend (with 150mm either side of the bend) to the water pump and lower radiator pipe - total cost ~£45. I didn't replace the lower "kinked" 32mm radiator hose as WF supplied a silicone one (black but not very visible) silicone hose and it wasn't too visible.
The 8, 16 and 32mm hoses were supplied in 1 metre lengths and I used nearly all the 16mm, about 1/2 the 8mm and 1/4 of the 32mm - hopefully whats left over from the 8mm will be useful for the oil catch tank when I get around to fitting it - wasn't!
I also fitted the Lambda sensor that had been supplied in the Omex kit and ordered heat wrap and stainless steel ty-wraps to provide some protection and help with the IVA requirement - total time 157 hrs.