Getting OCD with fuel line, go AN?

pagrunt

pagrunt

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I have started to work on the pump to carb line with some copper nickle to make the bends easy & keep it clean looking. Then the OCD kicked in. I'm not getting the size of radius I want with the bends, making it all look out of place. I want tight sharp bends but my benders are not able to get as small I would like, don't want to use what ever round thing around & risk kinks or flat/crushed spots. So I've been searching Fleabay looking thru the trash listings to find quality AN fittings for my (non-existing) budget but not finding anything that gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. I've looked at the Earl's page, Summit, Jegs but not sure which to throw money at. Just need to go from point A to point B with the ability to swap between the 4175 & a Q-Jet but I feel like I'm over engineering it. So what are you guys using, mix/match between brands, meds to control the OCD, dotors to see...? All this for a pump gas street motor.
 
melloelky

melloelky

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after seeing the crusher Camaro episode of roadkill where they tried matching house brand fittings/name brand hose and it failed,i picked one brand and stuck with it,i went with earl's.just my .02
OCD for the win btw..
 
pagrunt

pagrunt

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I had a feeling it would be best to get everything in one brand. I am liking the Earl's stuff from what I've seen on their site. Funny thing this is for about 2' of fuel line as I have stainless for the front to rear. Maybe do the fake AN stuff for the pre pump section to match. Could do the hardline adapters & use the unions for the bends but I want the pretty look. Damn OCD.
 
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joesregalproject

joesregalproject

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I'm gonna go with AN for the exact same reason. I have new hard lines on my Regal from tank all the way forward but the bends just aren't as neat as I'd like them to be and I'm not patient enough to do it again so I'm going AN for the fuel lines. For now I'm just going to do the fuel lines with AN, but I may do some other stuff with it eventually. Earl's and Fragola are both quality brands. There are others too.
 
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pagrunt

pagrunt

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Some of my searching on puttng AN fittings together had me come across one video said the hoses good for 5-7 years. Is there a life cycle on AN hoses or they OK for long term like regular hoses?
 
fleming442

fleming442

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You need the Teflon hose to combat the Ethanol in the fuel. That may be what the lifespan reference is for. I think I may be facing breakdown of my rubber lined AN fuel lines from the black dust in the filter. I'll replace them when I start smelling fuel, and hopefully, I'm not a ball of fire when it happens.
 
joesregalproject

joesregalproject

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The Teflon lines are rated for E85 and methanol so E10 shouldn't be a problem. IIRC, the less expensive CPE lines will be degraded by ethanol.
 
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I have mixed and matched different brands many times and never had issues. However, I usually buy Jegs brand as they are usually the cheapest and of good quality, both fit and finish.

Usually a decent brake line bender does a wonderful job on NiCopp lines...……………...or are you hand bending?
 

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