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Performance radiator hoses?
ianbfromct Offline
Senior Member
#1
Does anyone out there sell good performance radiator hoses? Or maybe there is a vehicle that works that has the same type? Its on a 88 TC with a stock radiator.
88 5 speed TC
-3" DP,lowered, 255 Walbro, Gillis valve, Cobra R's, bondo/rust, Stinger's PIMP Ecu
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Dan S Offline
Administrator
#2
Goodyear made blue silicon radiator hoses for early models of the 302 Mustangs, but I don't believe any were ever available for the 2.3 family. As far as performance hoses go, stainless braided reinforced rubber or silicon of 1 1/4" variety are the norm for upper and lower hoses. Usually an aluminum radiator is used and aluminum female fittings are welded to the radiator inlieu of the normal slip on hose fittings. These fittings would allow AN-20 connections for the stainless hose. Next idea would be something like "Earl's Flex-A-Form" stainless tubing with silicon rubber sealing sleeves. The Earl's tubing style are commonly used in street rod and custom car applications.
Dan S
Custom 88 TC, Mandarin Copper Pearl Metallic
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ianbfromct Offline
Senior Member
#3
Yeah I was hunting around for those blue hoses but looks like not enough interest on our poor wittle ole 2.3. Good to know about the AN-20 fittings thou.
88 5 speed TC
-3" DP,lowered, 255 Walbro, Gillis valve, Cobra R's, bondo/rust, Stinger's PIMP Ecu
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Jeff K Offline
Administrator
#4
I sure wish they made the blue silicone hoses for the 2.3T. I have had the blue silicone hoses on my 5.0 for probably 20 years and they are still good as new!
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
05 Taurus SEL Duratec daily driver
04 Taurus Duratec (wifes car)
02 Pontiac Grand Prix GT
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized
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86XR7auto Offline
Moderator
#5
My 96 Caprice cop car has the life time green silicon hoses....I have never seen another car with life time hoses...

Travis
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