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Old 05-27-2004, 02:07 PM   #1
Scooby Newbie
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Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: E-town
02 Rented Sunfire
Not the yellow one!

Question rubber preference - Silicone or OEM

Looking at intercooler hoses and intake hoses - I just cannot see this mod having much value for the dollar.

Is it all about flow??? has anyone looked inside an intercooler???

Is it about keeping the charge cool - if so could we simply wrap the hoses?

Ahhh could it be about the nifty colors - do they sell fancy colored wrap??

Maybe I am just to cheap!

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Old 05-27-2004, 06:40 PM   #2
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Join Date: Sep 2002
Chapter/Region: W. Canada
Location: Fort Nelson
2003 wrx stg4++


silicone.... for everything.
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Old 05-28-2004, 04:35 AM   #3
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Location: Edmonton
1999 Impreza


Rubber hardens and breaks down chemically w/ the heat cycling of an engine bay. Add a turbo and the underhood temps really soar. I can't tell you the number of times when a rubber hose simply breaks or even crumbles when I am rebuilding them. 300ZX twin turbos are especially bad, even after 5 years.
Silicone hoses are smoother internally, much easier to clean & most importantly can handle temps up to 5X that of rubber before degrading. They will last you much longer & a worthwhile investment if you plan on keeping your car long term.
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