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Offline maicoman

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Oil lines What to use
« on: November 22, 2017, 05:08:16 AM »
Hello to all.Working on a 72XLC what is everyone using for the eng-oil tank oil lines? I was toying with the idea of running SSbraided lines with the correct fittings but it doesn't look like the fittings would clear the speedo cable/solonoid/batt. side.thanks,tom south florida

Offline JW113

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Re: Oil lines What to use
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2017, 10:24:15 AM »
I used to think stainless braid was cool, but after too many years of it poking up my fingers getting them on/off, and then the braid hacksawing anything it touches, I use only rubber lines anymore. Don't use rubber hose for gasoline, it's not rated for high temperate. I use transmission oil cooler hose, any decent auto parts store will have it.

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Offline Burnout

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Re: Oil lines What to use
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2017, 08:47:43 AM »
Don't get any hose that is fatter than gas hose as you may have trouble routing it.

I have used Gas hose (not chinese) for years with no trouble.

I HATE stainless covered hose, it is evil incarnate.
They don't call me Ironhead Rick just because I'm "hard headed"

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Re: Oil lines What to use
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2017, 09:44:43 PM »
I don't find that the rubber hose made for oil coolers is any thicker than gas hose. And yes, you can certainly get away with using gas hose for oil lines, a lot of people do it. Most gas hose is 30R5, and is rated at 212degF max (intermittent), and 176degF continuous. If you're OK with that, then that's your call. Oil cooler hose is typically J1019, and rated for 300degF continuous. Give the choice of the two, why not use the higher rated stuff since we surely know oil a Harley-Davidson, and especially an Ironhead, gets a lot hotter than 212F.

YMMV!

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