Plumbing your street or track car is a great do-it-yourself project that can be done on a Saturday. But with so many kinds of hoses, fittings and applications, things can be pretty confusing – if not completely overwhelming. That’s why we went to Earl’s Plumbing to help straighten us out on the finer details.
Of course, when you think of race hose, you typically think of braided stainless. Earl’s offers two kinds –Perform-O-Flex and Auto-Flex. And both types compatible with most fuels, coolants, and lubricants.
Earl’s also has their Pro-Lite 350 hose, a lighter alternative to braided stainless, and with all the same fluid compatibility and temperature range but an outer liner made of durable nylon.
For situations that don’t call for braided line, Earl’s offers Super Stock hose. It’s a synthetic rubber hose compatible with most fluids, rated to 250 degrees.
Now, if you need something that can handle pressures as high as 2000 psi, then Speed-Flex is right for you. Of course, Earl’s Ultra-Flex 650 is Teflon lined with a woven Kevlar braid, making it 60% lighter than braided stainless, and resists temperatures to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
This quick video walks us through how to properly assemble each of the aforementioned Earl’s hoses and their proper fittings. The braided stainless and Pro-Lite hoses go together easily with the use of a fine-tooth hacksaw or cutoff wheel. Once you trim any stray wires, the fitting socket and nipple come together easily.
Earl’s Super Stock hose and ends go together with just a sharp knife and some elbow grease. You couldn’t ask for an easier assembly.
The Speed-Flex hose goes together like the braided stainless hoses, except for a little more finesse to keep the Teflon liner in good shape. Assembling your own hose is not as complicated as it might seem, and thanks to this video and Earl’s online catalog on their website, all the right tips and tricks are there at your fingertips.