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Has anyone used these eBay silicone radiator hoses from China?

Kaptainkid1

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I need to replace my old hoses and wanted to know if anyone has used these cheap ebay Silicone hose replacement kit? Are they stronger or better than stock OEM? It's seems my hose are leaking small droplets from the radiator due to hose fitment issues and I know the leak is coming from lower radiator hose connection. I think the hoses are not sealing properly due to smaller OEM clamps. I have an aftermarket aluminum Champion radiator so I know maybe the clamps needs to be wider since radiator neck dimension are different from stock.
I'm going to do a radiator flush and install new Silicone hose and hose clamps and hoping this will resolve my little leak. I will clean thoroughly the radiator neck and engine block necks to get the best seal.
What do you guys think about these after market products?
If not these chinese silicone hoses, has anyone used silicone hoses and we're happy with the aftermarket product.. Please give brand name of product you used.


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Daryl

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I need to replace my old hoses and wanted to know if anyone has used these cheap ebay Silicone hose replacement kit? Are they stronger or better than stock OEM? It's seems my hose are leaking small droplets from the radiator due to hose fitment issues and I know the leak is coming from lower radiator hose connection. I think the hoses are not sealing properly due to smaller OEM clamps. I have an aftermarket aluminum Champion radiator so I know maybe the clamps needs to be wider since radiator neck dimension are different from stock.
I going to do a radiator flush and install new Silicone hose and hose clamps and hoping this will resolve my little leak. I will clean thoroughly the radiator neck and engine block necks to get the best seal.
What do you guys think about these after market products?

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Try them. Let us know how they work. Then we’ll know.
 
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LukesfirstJeep

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A company called Samco makes silicon hoses for dirt bikes. They have a good reputation. I couldn't see who made the hoses you linked.
 
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Try them. Let us know how they work. Then we’ll know.
Well I've been disappointed before with cheap chinese products and I've bought cheap stuff before and pleasantly surprised. Either case I was hoping another Jeep user might have experience they can share so I can make sound decision.
 

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Well I've been disappointed before with cheap chinese products and I've bought cheap stuff before and pleasantly surprised. Either case I was hoping another Jeep user might have experience they can share so I can make sound decision.
Sounds like we have a volunteer. Someone has to be the first. 😆
 
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If you go silicone, regardless of manufacturer, here are a couple of tips. Silicone hose requires a hose clamp with a inner band. The inner band keeps the slots from cutting into the hose which will happen on silicone. Or better yet use a Gates heat to shrink clamp. If you cut a silicone hose to fit, such as using bulk hose for the heater etc. be sure to make a clean cut with none of the reinforcing string left hanging. The last batch of para transit vans at work had a lot of the silicone hose connections seeping coolant. Found poor cuts with the string hanging. When the hose was pushed over the nipple the string ended up between the nipple and the hose, and the coolant wicked out through the string. Very annoying.

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I'd be suspect of any company that builds a product for bling as the primary function. Bumpers with fancy bends made of 12 ga. steel, wiper blades of cheap plastic that flow in the dark, etc. But as long as they work well as the first criteria then give them a try. Let us know. I doubt they will last 15+ years like the stock ones.
 

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God, you must have hated the '80s. Rember those neon double blade wipers that had some sort of glitter-like coating on them so the glitter glowed in the dark?
Or the matching hub caps?
Or the matching window rain deflectors?
Or the matching.....
 

Jerry Bransford

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As above, I'd avoid any cheap radiator hoses, they're too critical of a component to go cheap. Even if they look cool. Personally I'd stick with either Goodyear Gatorback or Gates hoses which are known excellent quality that hold up.
 

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I have never run silicone cooling system hoses but know several guys who do. All hoses were imported from somewhere, probably China. None who have used the proper type hose clamps described by @oldb have reported any problems.

There is a lot to be said for sticking to the "tried and true" like Gates hoses with OEM clamps, but if someone doesn't experiment with newer alternatives the rest of us will never know if they are viable alternatives.

@Kaptainkid1, thanks for being a vanguard. Please report back.
 
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