Did someone say Silicone?
Are you looking for a really easy way to not only spruce up your engine compartment but to give yourself some piece of mind?
Well my 2004 Jeep Unlimited has almost 100k on the odometer. Even though the hoses appear to be in ok shape, why risk a blown out hose and why not gain a little better flow at the same time?
The folks at HPS Performance Products have us covered!
In fact they have very complete kits for many of the years, makes and models of all kinds of vehicles! For my application it was Part Number: 57-1292-BLUE, Jeep 02-06 Wrangler TJ 4.0L LHD (Left Hand Drive) HPS Blue High Temp Reinforced Silicone Radiator + Heater Hose Kit.
The kit is designed to replace stock OEM rubber coolant hoses and heater hoses which can eventually weaken over time, leading to premature failure. With premium quality silicone and race inspired design, this HPS silicone radiator coolant hose kit can withstand the harsh high temperature and high pressure operating conditions of the engine yet still maintaining peak efficiency during competition or daily driving.
Installation is very simple and can be done with basic hand tools. You will want some coolant and distilled water in order to replenish your fluids after the installation. I ended up replacing about a gallon of coolant and a gallon of distilled water when all was said and done. A “Homer” bucket, screwdriver or sockets, and a pair of pliers are really all that are necessary. And a mop.
The 4 piece kit will replace the upper and lower radiator hoses as well as the long heater hoses that run along side the valve cover.
The OEM clamps are easily removed or “scooted” back with pliers.
Take your time. I did one at a time, but all of them can be removed to make more space for your hands. The lower radiator hose upper clamp can be a challenge since it is located behind the power steering pump (also hard to take pictures of), but just follow the hose and be patient in removing the OEM clamps. I know of a few folks that just cut the hoses off…which if you don’t plan on ever needing the OEM hoses, is up to you.
When refiling the radiator, again, be patient. Make sure there is some fluid in your overflow bottle as well.
A really simple upgrade that makes me smile each time I open the hood!
From their Website:
Stay Cool – Old cracked or split radiator hoses are not efficiently cooling your engine which can cause it to overheat leaving you stranded. So maintain your Jeep Wrangler TJ cooling system by replacing your old brittle hoses now before it’s too late. Perfect for racing or daily driving application.
Direct Fit – HPS silicone radiator + heater hose kit has all the correct bends and curves for a perfect fit replacement on your Jeep Wrangler TJ, it is not a cheap one size fits all universal hose you get at the local parts store that you have to fight with to install.
Premium Quality – HPS Silicon coolant and heater hose kit is made from multi-ply premium grade silicone and reinforced with high-quality polyester for which reduces the risk of component failure and enables higher temperature and pressure to be maintained with complete confidence.
Temperature Range:- 65 deg. F to + 350 deg. F (177 deg. C)
Material: 3-Ply Reinforced High Temp Silicone
100% Stainless Steel Clamps are included for easy installation
These hoses have lived for a number of years on two of my Jeeps now and have survived a ton of abuse! Easily earning 5 out of 5 Jeeps!!
About HPS Performance Products
HPS Performance Products is a leading manufacturer of aftermarket performance products and silicone hoses. HPS Performance Products currently serves the aerospace, automotive, construction, marine, high performance racing vehicles, commercial truck and bus, agricultural and off highway vehicles, turbo diesel, off-road, truck, food and beverage, general manufacturing industries and water treatment industries. HPS Performance Products also supplies many well-known international firms and our silicone hoses meet or exceed SAEJ20 standards. The ability for HPS to manufacture custom shaped, multiply silicone hoses make it ideal for a wide range of applications. The multiply carcass makes our hose ideal for coolant and turbocharged pressure applications while the fluoro silicone- lined hoses make it safe to be used with petroleum based fuel and oil.
HPS Performance Products continues to meet the original goals of quality products, competitive pricing, and personal, timely response to customers’ needs. Our expertise in silicone hoses allow us to deliver standard sizes silicone hoses with same day shipping; HPS highly skilled and knowledgeable staff, paired with state-of-the-art technology, ensures HPS’s continued success as a premier manufacturer in the industry.
HPS Performance Products
15332 E Valley Blvd
City of Industry, CA 91746
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