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Old 08-06-2015, 09:47 AM   #1
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Best Hose Clamps?

Hey guys including all resident marine guys and gals. I am redoing the fuel lines, the cooling lines on the added-on head cooling ports, etc. on my wife's vintage jet skis. But this question may also have application to our land rigs.

So what clamps should I use? I don't like the sharp edges of the homedepot hose clamps.

I wouldn't use it on a land vehicle but on the jet skis I am using fast flow fuel line:

http://fuel-line.com/

On the Hutch Mod on my 7.3L I used #16 ABA Sweden ss Fuel Injection Hose Clamps (4) (These have slightly turned up edges which supposedly don't bite into the fuel line.):

http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/12028 ... ainer.html

But ebay has these:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/80-Piece-Oetike ... 1917394010

So, what are your recommended hose clamps?
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Best Hose Clamps?

You may not want to hear this, but the best choice is the factory style, constant tension spring clamps. They can be a pain to deal with, but they don't loosen overtime, you don't have to worry about over tightening them and cracking plastic radiators, they don't rust, they don't cut into the hoses etc..

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Old 08-06-2015, 11:18 AM   #3
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Re: Best Hose Clamps?

Zeta: Thanks. Before your post I never knew what those oem clamps were called. I am not opposed to using "constant tension spring clamps" at all if that what is the consensus recommends for 1/8" 1/4" and 3/8" I.D. fuel lines.

Alot of the existing fuel lines are actually zipped tied which is what Fast Flow Fuel Line sells for use with their fuel line. But I have trouble tightening zip ties in cramped places on small things.

If I convert to constant tension spring clamps, I would prefer them in stainless steel, if available, and would like to buy a quality plier-tool for use with the above hose sizes.

Any source and tool recommendations?
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Re: Best Hose Clamps?

For fuel lines make sure the clamps and hoses are rated for the fuel pressure: EFI, carbureted? Zip ties as fuel line clamps?! If all the fittings are plastic maybe something like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/60-pcs-vacuum-h ... 8e&vxp=mtr would eliminate the possibility of deformed hose and/or fittings causing leaks.

For cooling system stuff constant tension spring clamps are the best IMO. I doubt they come in stainless as they are spring steel.

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Old 08-06-2015, 11:57 AM   #5
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Re: Best Hose Clamps?

Painted (who knew that spring steel couldn't be stainless - Thanks!)
$18, free shipping, seller with a 100% rating - what's not to like?

So I just hit a buy it now on your product suggestion which are denominated "SPRING ACTION HOSE CLAMPS"

Thanks! Ok now can you provide a link to the 1/8" I.D. primer fuel line size in the same clamp. (Yes I am looking, but I didn't source your ebay link with my searches and you were friggin' quick.)

And I want the appropriate pliers specially made to work with those clamps in the small sizes (I sent a question to the ebay clamp seller asking if he sells them or can recommend a link for them).

Because Zeta here is my deal: I do auto / garden tractor / jet ski work on the lawn (our current status qualifies as "river trash, trying to work our way up to white trash") and last week I sent two separate springs into orbit or elsewhere while trying to rebuild the rear tire carrier on my Bronco.

I need the pliers which are made to work with those spring clamps!!!

Thanks for your help!
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Old 08-06-2015, 08:45 PM   #6
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Re: Best Hose Clamps?

If you are willing to buy pliers, check out Oetiker clamps. They are OEM on lots of stuff, and once crimped stay put.

Mcmaster sells them, as well as lots of other hose clamps in many materials and styles. McMaster also sell Euro style hose clamps if that's your thing.
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Old 08-06-2015, 09:55 PM   #7
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Re: Best Hose Clamps?

I use the Oetiker clamps on fuel lines on my boat. On a small hose (such as is typical fuel line size on a smaller boat), regular worm style clamps will not put even pressure all the way around (there is a "gap" in pressure where the screw/drive section is).

I got the clamps and tool from McMaster-Carr, but there are many sources.
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Old 08-07-2015, 12:27 AM   #8
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Re: Best Hose Clamps?

I bought these spring action hose clamps recommended by Zeta:


http://www.ebay.com/itm/131504253838?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT

And after scouring Amazon for ratings, bought these flexible spring action hose clamp pliers, because some of the clamps are in awkward places where fixed pliers would not work. For instance the primer up under the bulkhead:


http://www.ebay.com/itm/221545819319?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT
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Re: Best Hose Clamps?

boywonder and Viva: Thank you for the recommendations on the Oetiker. I mentioned them in my first post above. And no doubt they are "better" because they have an insert, with a stainless steel ring which is pinched by fixed pliers.



http://www.mcmaster.com/#ear-hose-clamps/=ydy9kc
http://www.mcmaster.com/#pinch-clamp-pincers/=yeeqn5

The 80-piece Oetiker kit plus pliers was linked in my first post and is re-linked below for those interested:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/80-Piece-Oetike ... 1917394010

But Oetiker clamps are one time use and I didn't think I could use the pliers in the tight quarters, and I will likely be taking the lines off a number of times as I try to get things right.
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boywonder and Viva: Thank you for the recommendations on the Oiteker. They are no doubt better because they have an insert, with a stainless steel ring which is pinched by fixed pliers.



http://www.mcmaster.com/#ear-hose-clamps/=ydy9kc

But they are one time use and I didn't think I could use the pliers in the tight quarters, and I will likely be taking the lines off a number of times as I try to get things right.
Harley Davidson uses these clamps inside the fuel tanks where the fuel filter and pump are located.
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