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Old 12-04-2012, 11:33 AM   #1
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Water pipe thickness

I think I remember seeing that the turbo install required cutting one of the coolant pipes. Can any of you turbo guys tell me how thick the pipe is? I have a pretty deep wear spot in mine from the p-clamp and I'm trying to decide if I should replace the pipe or not. It looks like a big PIA to replace and will cost about $100.

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Old 12-04-2012, 11:40 AM   #2
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Show us a photo. The pipe is aluminum & any radiator shop can weld it cheap. It may be easier to splice in a piece of rubber hose.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:51 AM   #3
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It's not leaking. I'm just wondering how much material is left in that area. I'm tempted to let it be. As long as I don't put that p-clamp back on there shouldn't be any contact in that spot. I plan to secure it to the frame or battery tray a little closer to the radiator.
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1-1/8" od x .065 thick I have some in stock.
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:26 AM   #5
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What size is the rubber hose then ? I only see heater/radiator line in 1" or 1 1/4"
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:32 PM   #6
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its 1-1/8" Id rubber hose from Harley, I have 1-1/8" silicone black hose also.......I just rerouted all my water lines for my procharger kit is how i know this.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:13 PM   #7
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Would you share your routing setup ? I need to do this for my plenum upgrade ( Karzzas will need this as well.) How about your tube source? THX
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:43 PM   #8
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When i had mine altered for the turbo install i was told by fabricator it was pretty thin and the antifreeze eats it away also to some degree.

He actually welded it up and went around it about 3 times to make sure it was fully welded.

I nearly pulled the pin and replaced but so far not a drop has leaked so ill leave it till there is an issue
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1-1/8" od x .065 thick I have some in stock.
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If the stock pipe is .065" thick, that means I only have .008" left between a me and a sloppy mess of hot anti-freeze. That wear mark is .057" deep

It looks like I should order a new pipe and replace the rubber hoses too.
I saw a part number for a gates shrink clamp from Oreiley's around here somewhere. Has anybody found an automotive hose that will substitute for the HD part between the radiator and the aluminum pipe? It looks like it's just a 90° elbow on that end.
The other end by the water pump has a very slight bend, but looks like a straight piece would work. HD wants $20 for each of those hoses
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:56 PM   #10
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I saved enough cash on my valve lash job that I shouldn't be pinching pennies for a couple $20 parts. I just ordered the pipe, both hoses and the clamp for $132 from newcastle hd. You play, you pay
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:01 PM   #11
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For those who care to know: When I measure the ID of the radiator hoses, I get 1 1/4" .
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:15 AM   #12
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Remeasured the hard line tubes ( measured the cast inlets on Tstat & pump housings before) It would need 1 1/8 ", you'll need to stretch some of them.
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