Product Review: Aeroquip

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Product Review: Aeroquip

Postby Nobody » Wed Nov 16, 2005 8:27 am

Everytime I need a power steering line made, it's a nightmare. The hydraulic shops around here just aren't in the automotive business. In the past, I've had to settle with what they could do versus what I want.

This time, I didn't want to settle. I wanted the same connections at both ends. I had heard of Aeroquip, and knew that style fitting is what I was after. So I made my usual rounds to the local hydraulic shops...... but everytime I mentioned Aeroquip, they ran in the back room screaming like little girls!

The last shop I went to, they dug up an old aeroquip catalog and sent me packing. Thumbing through the catalog, I was surprised to see everything from brake lines and A/C lines to Power Steering and more. For the hose ends, they had 45's, 90's, straight, 180's and and a whole slew of adapters and bulkhead fittings.

So I decided to give the steel braided and reusable ends a try. I ordered up everything I needed from Summit. As always great service from Summit.... When I recieved my order, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the Aeroquip stuff. This stuff is really nice! I expected to be fighting leaks with this stuff though. Reusable ends and all, how on earth can that work?

So last weekend I set out to make up my own high pressure hoses for my hydroboost. I was expecting a big pita, but let me tell you, this stuff is SO easy to work with! I was done with 2 lines a couple minutes!

Of course they still had to pass the leak test. So I threw them on, and bled the system. Fire up the bronco, and........ NO LEAKS! NONE, NOTTA. Now granted I haven't been out wheelin, but at this point, I'm not really too concerned.

Price you ask, well the last line I had made at a hydraulic shop cost me $35 or $40.

AER-FBM1112 -- 45* = $10.99 x(2) = $21.98
AER-FBM1122 -- 90* = $10.39 x(2) = $20.78
AER-FCC0606 -- 6' steel braided hose = $33.95 (25" left over)

That's $38.35 ea! With enough left over hose for another line. Of course I still need adapters to make it work.

AER-FBM2608 -- 16x1.5mm Metric O-ring(hydroboost) = $13.95
AER-FBM2609 -- 18x1.5mm Metric O-ring(hydroboost) = $13.95
AER-FBM2963 -- 1/2-20 Inverted Flare(gearbox) = $6.95
AER-FBM2964 -- 5/8-18 Inverted Flare(PS pump) = $6.95

So the grand total for high pressure plumbing was $118.

No more dealing with hydraulic shops. Now it's time to do the EB!

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Postby DBrown » Wed Nov 16, 2005 9:05 am

so they just gave you the catalog?

that is awsome.....
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Postby Nobody » Wed Nov 16, 2005 9:15 am

Yep, they could care less about the automotive stuff.

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Postby Paul » Sun Oct 21, 2007 4:17 pm

gave you the catalog. now im jealous.... :laugh:
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Postby tekatlarge » Mon Oct 22, 2007 9:23 am

Aeroquip is the #1 hose supplier in the aircraft industry. Their hoses and fittings have to work good and not fail in an aircraft environment.

Use Aeroquip... Ah but be advised to get the correct threaded fittings.
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