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Old 21 April 2015, 15:06   #1
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hydraulic steering fittings

hey all,

got my new seastar system today to replace my faulty one, to be fair the new system looks a lot better and should stop seal failure in early life.

i decided to tidy up the install and cut the hose and i have new ends....here is the gig, they don't fit the ribcraft/seastar hose very well.

i have some genuine ultraflex hydraulic hose and it is over 1mm larger OD than whatever is on the RC, the ID is 5/16 on both. i'm not happy with the fit on the fittings i have as they work better with the larger OD hose, so i'm wondering has anyone ever had this and what was the answer?

i assume RC use genuine seastar systems, the ends on that were crimped, the new ones i got are the re-usable type.

this steering has been a PITA since i got it...my luck continues with it.

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Old 21 April 2015, 17:51   #2
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Uh. Did you cut the plastic sea star hoses? I don't think you are supposed to do that. They aren't something you can put new ends on. You have to buy the correct length hence the reason they sell them in all lengths.

Hope I misunderstood.

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Old 21 April 2015, 18:03   #3
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EEK I would be ringing these chaps as soon as for some advice http://www.hypromarine.com/index.aspx
I've dealt with them there ok.
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Yes I cut them, well, one of them as they are way too long.

I'll go to the local hydraulic place tomorrow and get new ends crimped on if possible.

Failing that I'll need to change out the lot.

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my old man was marine engineer for 35 years, making hydraulic hoses was a daily affair so i have a couple of in roads to try.

so far as i can tell the only reason they say don't cut them is for liability purposes.....which is cool. quite a few people in the USA have done what i'm doing using the fittings i have already (which i don't like).

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I only know teleflex says in many places don't cut them and the very good hydraulic shop in town gave me a funny look when I brought them in. Said they couldn't do anything with them. I was needing bulkhead hoses.

A couple questions I've always had is, #1 can I use a different type of hoses? #2 is there something special about the teleflex hose material? More than an average amount of pixie dust?

Does the plastic last longer than other hose material?

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Sounds like you have the hoses that you do cut to length and then they fit with an olive style fitting. Best thing to do is bin them and get some proper crimped ones made to length.
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Old 22 April 2015, 07:29   #8
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I got the proper ends from hypro, shouldn't be a problem now.

I'll pull the hose and get the ends swaged on tomorrow.

My boat was fitted out with Parker hoses and ends from ribcraft.

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