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Old 13 May 2007, 17:59   #1
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Kinky hyd. lines

I have noticed that the steering hyd. lines have a tendencey to kink adjacent to the cylinder when steering is on full lock. The lines run freely within rubber bellows that guide them through the deck and there is plently of slack. I am considering reinforcing , say the first 3 inchs from the cylinder with some semi rigid tubing slipped over. Has anyone else had this problem?
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Anyone got any tips on this problem?
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I used hydraulic pipes as used in a JCB etc but if you do sleeve them take it to a point of minimal movement and cable tie them together for support or the kink point will just move down the line to the next weakest point
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Thank you Bedajim. Very helpful advice.
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Is using clear plastic coated braided stainless steel hose an option? it certainly won't kink like that.
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Try finding a reasonably stiff spring with an ID around that of the OD of your hose.

You can just wind it on without even disconnecting the end.

Hope that makes sense

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Thanks for the tips. Trying not to replace hyd. lines as they are in reasonable condition. Manufacturer says to use rubber covered nyon reinforced hose, which I have. The spring idea is just great. Will find a suitable spring somewhere.
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I have noticed that the steering hyd. lines have a tendencey to kink adjacent to the cylinder when steering is on full lock. The lines run freely within rubber bellows that guide them through the deck and there is plently of slack. I am considering reinforcing , say the first 3 inchs from the cylinder with some semi rigid tubing slipped over. Has anyone else had this problem?
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As the hoses are rigid in one plane, (ie twist) and your motor only moves in one plane, (left to right) it would seem that your hoses are torqued, by being incorrectly tightened, when fitted. Many hose systems use ferrules and inserts, where the ferrule has a hex on it. You may be able to slacken the hose nut and back off the ferrule to re align the hose so that in all states of steering , the hose remains flat.
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As the hoses are rigid in one plane, (ie twist) and your motor only moves in one plane, (left to right) it would seem that your hoses are torqued, by being incorrectly tightened, when fitted. Many hose systems use ferrules and inserts, where the ferrule has a hex on it. You may be able to slacken the hose nut and back off the ferrule to re align the hose so that in all states of steering , the hose remains flat.
Great suggestion, I will check that out.
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