Large range of handy specialist tools

specialist toolsWe have a range of very handy tools to help you with making your intercooler pipes, coolant or intake systems. These include Tube roll beading tools, pipe flaring tools or tube straighteners for your aluminium hard lines.

These tools are very well made from quality materials and built to last. Due to their craftsmanship they are ideal for the workshop, garage or car building enthusiasts.

Hose end fitting tool

Our hose end fitting tool is an absolute god send when it comes to assembling and crimping AN hose end fittings. This tool does a great job with ease in minutes. It is supplied with a number of dies / sockets to crimp and assemble braided fuel and oil lines.

AN Spanners

Our Aluminium anodised AN/JIC wrenches are specially designed to fit the swivel hose fitting nuts and for crimp style hose end fittings used for braided fuel / oil hoses. The spanners and  wrenches are sold in sets offering excellent value for money, or sold as a single piece wrench.

Tube Straightening tool

This tube straightening tool has a vice mounted billet aluminium construction designed to heavy duty and years of service. This tube straightener will easily straighten all your fuel system hard lines and brake lines. Suitable for copper or aluminium tubing.

Tube Flaring Tool

We also do a heavy duty professional tube flare devise, designed to flare tubes to a 45° flare to apply suitable fuel hose fittings onto the tube / hard pipe.

Find all our specialist tools here.

Subaru Water hoses Kit

Subaru hosesThis kit is made up of 15 pieces and includes every single ancillary hose you might need for your Subaru. These hoses will fit the 2001-02 WRX/STI and also 2001-2004 Blob Eye Versions

Every single hose is individually moulded to match the vehicle perfectly. A lot of attention to detail has been paid to getting these kits just right. Every hose is built with an inner liner and 3 layers of reinforcement. Viper Performance Branded so you benefit from our lifetime warranty.

This kit is £166.65 ex VAT. Buy yours today here

Silicone hoses for high temperatures

reinforcement fabricsSilicone hoses are not all the same and ensuring that the hose is of high quality will determine its effectiveness and life span. All silicone hoses have an inner liner and a minimum of 3 layers of fabric reinforcement.

Our standard polyester reinforcements are perfect for any applications where temperature will not exceed 170°C. There are some applications which will require hoses to withstand high temperatures. In this case we offer different types of reinforcements.

Polyester reinforcements 170°C

Our standard fabric is made from 100% polyester which is specially designed for pressure, strength and flexibility. This reinforcement suits most engine applications. Working temperatures are from -50℃ to +170℃, peaking at +180℃ Polyester reinforced hoses are however NOT suitable for carrying oil or fuel.

Polyester is Ideal for:

  • Water
  • Air
  • Air intakes
  • Coolant
  • Small amounts of oil mist

Nomex reinforcements 220°C

When you require a higher temperature rating we have another fabric option called Nomex. The pattern of this fabric is different, we use a knitted Nomex fabric. Our Nomex reinforced hoses will withstand high temperatures up to 220°C making them ideal for Turbo application, hot air, steam, water or environments where other hoses fail.

Nomex is Ideal for:

  • Water
  • Air
  • Coolants
  • Turbo boost
  • High temperatures
  • Higher pressures
  • Small amounts of oil mist.

FLURO LINED HOSES

For hoses which will be in contact with oil we have another liner option called Fluro Liner. This is a highly specialised product which is Ideal for contact with Oils / Oil mists and fuel Filler hoses. The Working temperatures of these hoses is from -50℃ to +170℃

Fluro ideal for:

  • Water
  • Air
  • OIL in ASTM 1 and 3 oil mists
  • transfer of fuel (fuel filler hose)  (not suitable for high octane fuels)

To select one of the above options when buying your hoses simply check the correct build material at the top of the page before adding your hose to the cart. View all silicone hoses here.

fabric options

The electric future for agricultural equipment

electric tractorCar manufacturers are making great strides in electric drive technology and the death of diesel and petrol engines is on the horizon. This revolution is happening for larger vehicles too. For some types of farm vehicles, like loaders and mixer-feeder wagons, electric drive is already here. Soon there will be tractors, with three companies planning to sell electric models in the next two years.

According to Professor Peter Pickel, deputy director of John Deere’s European Technology Centre, the electrification of tractors offers three key advantages.

First is increased efficiency. A diesel engine achieves about 35% efficiency in converting thermal to mechanical energy. Compare that with the overall efficiency of charging batteries at 80%, while electric motors have an efficiency of 90%.

Second, he says electrical power offers greater controllability and opportunities for automation. One example is precision seeding. The Exact Emerge system from John Deere for single seed placing uses electric motors to place seeds within 1cm accuracy.

Professor Pickel sees it as a complete system where the battery is removable and is part of the farm’s electricity grid. This would bring battery utilisation up to 96%.

So with these benefits, German manufacturer Fendt and India-based firm Escorts have just launched electric models. However, both are at the lower end of the horsepower range, with Fendt’s e100 Vario being the more powerful, offering 67hp.

How to measure silicone hose diameter

Our silicone hoses are sold by internal diameter (ID) not external diameter. We measure this internal diameter with measuring calipers from internal edge to internal edge.

measuring silicone hoses

In order to select the correct hose, measure the outer diameter (OD) of the pipe you want to connect it to. This will be the same as the Internal Diameter of the silicone hose. For example if the outer diameter of the pipe is 76mm then you need to choose a silicone hose with a 76mm internal diameter (ID).

Internal and Outer diamenter

Take a look at our silicone hose range here.

Y piece silicone hose connector

y piece hoseThe Y piece silicone hose is ideal for making any split connections. There is a main body, which is the larger of the diameter, reducing and splitting down to two equal branches.

Beautifully moulded and made by hand there is no “flashing” of silicone inside the join, for am excellent air / water flow.

We are proud to be the ONLY manufacturer currently offering Y shaped silicone hoses. Bringing you a very useful connector otherwise impossible to obtain.

Take a look here: Y piece silicone hose

Straight Hoses 1, 2 4 meters

straight hosesOur straight silicone hoses offer excellent build quality with 3 to 5 ply reinforced construction. We stock hoses from 6mm ID meaning almost every size is catered for, and in stock!

Our small diameter straight lengths are very flexible and achieve a very good bend radius. Diameters from 6 to 19mm are often used for water connection, breathers or heater matrix. The flexibility of our hoses offers good piping solutions for many applications.

Bigger diameters offer good value for money as they allow you to cut to length or use as they are. Ideal for coolant, intercooler or air intakes.

We have 1, 2 and 4 meter options available. The longer 2 and 4 meter lengths are fantastic for a continuous run with no joins.

1 meter straight hose

2 meter straight hose

4 meter straight hose

How often should hoses be replaced?

engine bay with hosesMost automakers and belt manufacturers recommend having your hoses replaced once every 4 years. Of course, this will vary with mileage – a car that’s heavily driven may need to have the hoses replaced much sooner.

How can you tell if your hoses need replacing?

There are several key things to look for to see if your hoses are coming to the end of their lifespan.

Look for:

  • Kinks
  • Stiff or brittle texture
  • Surface cracks
  • Bulges or bubbles

Inspect the hoses and note any kinks or obvious signs of wear. Squeeze the radiator hoses (when cool ONLY) and see how they feel. If hoses are soft and pliable, there is no need to replace them. However, if hoses feel stiff, crackly, or brittle, they will need to be replaced.

While squeezing the hoses, inspect the surface for small cracks. These can easily become big problems, as they’re the primary point for a “blown” hose.

You can also check where the hoses connect to the inlet or outlet pipe. Look for bulges or bubbles around the hose clamps, as this is a sign of impending failure.

Hoses can last a long time, but replacing them before they fail is always the better option. Once you have identified that the hoses need replacing then consider whether you want to opt for a straight rubber replacement which will likely need changing again in 4 years or click here to see what difference do silicone hoses make.

Last few RS MK2 Focus Silicone Hose Kits available

Looking to improve the performance on you Ford Focus RS MK2? Why not take a look at our range of silicone hose kits for this model currently at a special clearance price.

We have 3 different kits for this model including induction, turbo and ancillary hoses. All Viper hose kits are carefully hand crafted and designed to improve on the original rubber parts, thus providing better performance, lifetime reliability for track days, racing, and fast road use.

Ford Focus Silicone Hose KitKit 064 – Induction

Intake, Airbox, Induction & Acoustic Hoses. Thick Quality Build to prevent hoses from collapsing which can be a problem with the original plastic hoses. 1 blue left

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Kit 066 – Turboturbo hoses for Focus Mk2

Turbo to Intercooler hoses, moulded from one piece (no joins). Quality built with 5 ply and NOMEX. Available in blue.

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mk2 silicone hosesKit 068 – Ancillary

3 blue 1 red 1 white 1 green left

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If you’d like to see how silicone hoses could make a difference to your car head over to this blog post what difference do silicone hoses make?”

The best materials for Fuel Hose

braided hoseIn our popular blog “Are silicone hoses fuel resistant?We discuss the various options for fuel hoses but what is the difference between NBR and PTFE and what exactly is the best material for fuel hoses?

Placement of the fuel hose

The best way to decide is dependant on the placement of the hose itself. Nitrile rubber hoses (NBR) should only be run in areas such as underneath the car, or under the hood. They should never be run inside the cabin as fuel fumes can permeate through the wall of the hose. For hoses that need to be run inside the cabin, PTFE hoses are ideal, as fuel fumes will not permeate the hose walls.

Flexibility

Nitrile rubber hoses offer an excellent bend radius. This means that you can create the desired system without the need for extra fittings and angles. The hoses can be bent and fixed as needed, resulting in a sleek and tidy fuel system. PTFE hoses have a significantly reduced bend radius, more angle and end fittings may be required, which increases the chance of a leak occurring in the system.

Cost

While PTFE hoses are generally cheaper, the savings are often offset on the extra fittings that are required.

Weight

An additional to PTFE hoses are their lightweight nature. If weight is a concern, PTFE hoses might be the ideal solution for your fuel line.

To see Viper Performances full range of fuel hoses click here.