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    Misery loves company ... glad I am not the only one currently having a hard time trying to track down 1in coolant plumbing and good info in here.

    Is copper ok? Was thinking of just going to the Home Depot and seeing if one of the straight pieces of copper plumbing they have would fit the 1in ID and cut a small piece to use as a union to join two hose pieces together with hose clamps to seal. Was just one of the options I was thinking of ...

    Here is perhaps another good source and can do both silicone and Al:
    http://www.hps-siliconehoses.com/hps..._store=default
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    Well, I'm all good now, sort of.

    I got some aluminum tube, 1" 0.060 wall, fit the hose just right. From the bottom of of radiator to the input to the water pump I used a mixture of stock hose for the curve pieces, and the aluminium tube to extend straight sections. Same for the upper, but, due to the hoses I had, it looks like a hillbilly distillery...I need to re-do the thermostat to upper radiator hose.

    It works though...but, not without issues that could've prevented, lol. Due to so many hose-tube connections, I have like almost 20 hose clamps...of course I got all of them tight...except 1...the upper one wasn't tight enough. So when the coolant got to temp, and the thermostat opened, all hell broke loose, lol.

    So after an hour of cleaning almost every surface of the garage, hose tightened, everything flows well. No temp gauge, so I don't know how hot it got, but it flowed, fan never turned on, so I don't know if the relay doesn't work or if the radiator is so efficient for the motor, the temp didnt get high enough.
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    what was your solution for the tube edges finaly? you did something so they won't slip?
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    I just flared the ends a bit with a end of an old broom handle. It worked while on the engine stand, no issues.
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    www.speedwaymotors.com hase a good selection of 1" hose straight connectors, 90, 105, and 135 degree connectors with bead on the ends to keeps hoses from slipping off. They also have a good selection of silicone hoses.
    On my buggy, I cut the 1 1/4" radiator inlet and outlet off the radiator and welded 1" inlet and outlet on. I used 1" silicone hose from motor to radiator. It looks clean and works well.


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    They sell a little bead roller for end of tubes. Works great on alum. On steel ins I weld a small tack around to keep from pulling off.
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    Check this one out: Tube Beading Tool





    I've used this type before and they work well, but you need one for each size.





    These work really well too - and you can use them on body panels for a little bling.

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    I use 1" stainless flex tubing

    Coolant Tubing

    IMO: this also helps dissipate the heat



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    Looks Great,

    Very Clean Look.

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    That's a pretty neat chain cooler idea proto. Your buggies are simply awesome
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