Useful Hose Components

hose componentsWithin our online shop you will find a large selection of very useful parts and components for your silicone or rubber hoses and aluminium pipes. All manufactured to a very high-quality standard, manufactured to our exacting specification these parts are very hard to find, and very handy to have around.

We supply the following:

– Hose blanking plugs: designed to push inside a hose and provide a strong secure seal in any silicone hose, without slipping out.

– Pipe Blanking caps: Specially designed cover / dust caps for blocking off redundant connections, seal off vacuum connections, carburettors, Intake manifolds etc..

– Aluminium Weld-on Boses: A range of weld-on boses available including barbed, female and male.

– Self Seal Hose take offs: Simply drill a small hole into the hose where required, and pop this special fitting into the hose to produce a special take-off port in a rubber or silicone hose.

See the whole range here.

Superb Quality Stainless Steel Braided hose with tight double braiding

Our Stainless Steel Braided hose has tight double braiding and NBR (Nitrile Rubber) with good bend radius. Ideal for high-pressure use for Oil, fuel lines, Carburetor, water lines, vacuum etc. As with all Viper Performance product quality comes first, this braided hose will perform as well as any leading brand and at a much lower price! Sold in multiples of 1 meter.

Temperature resistance

Our Stainless Steel outer braided fuel/oil hoses will handle up to temperatures:
Min Temp -40°C, Max Temp +135°C

Sizes

Sold in universal “DASH sizes from DASH-4 to DASH-12. Internal diameters ranging from 5.56mm ID (-04) to 17.47mm ID (-12).

For more information about our braided hoses please click here.

 

Please note: This hose should not be used inside the car body as it allows fuel vapor to seep through the wall. (use PTFE hoses for running fuel / oil lines internally)

How driving through water affects your car

car through waterMost cars aren’t built for water activities. Even three to five-inch puddles can cause mechanical problems under the hood of your car.

When possible, it’s best to avoid deep puddles, or at least drive slowly through them, to prevent water from splashing into the upper part of the vehicle. But, if you are unlucky enough to stall in water, chances are, one of the following 4 things will happen …

1. You will Wet your Spark Plugs

When you drive through a puddle, the spark plugs can become wet and will not fire. Wet spark plugs cause a short between the water and the plug and therefore cutting the power to your engine.

2. There is Water in the Fuel System

If water gets into the air intake system of your car and enters the fuel system, it can alter the air/fuel ratio and lessen engine power. This situation is also known as hydrolock and can cause the engine to stall.

If the water in the combustion chamber is in small amounts, it is often eliminated by engine heat. Keep in mind that this situation can also cause an electrical short in the spark plugs, as mentioned above.

3. Your Car Has a Damaged Connection Rod

Since water doesn’t easily compress, it overloads the connection rod. After hitting the accelerator, you’ll hear a clunking sound, since the piston can’t compress the water. The connection rod can be knocked out or deformed. This typically results in engine damage and may even destroy the engine entirely. So, stay clear of deep water!

4. Your Car Has a Cracked Catalytic Converter

Driving through deep puddles can cause a cracked catalytic converter. This device operates at high temperatures and is part of the exhaust system. When it comes in contact with cold water, rapid contraction can crack its sides and potentially cause the vehicle to stall. It’s a very expensive component to replace!

So, what do you do, when your car stalls in water?

When a car stalls in water, just remember, the first thing is to stay calm and stay safe. If you’re handy and have the right tools, you may be able to re-start the car depending on the problem. Wet spark plugs can be removed, and water in the cylinders can be removed. After that, just re-install the spark plugs.

Another option is to push the car out of the puddle to dry ground and wait for the electrical systems to dry out. If that doesn’t work, you’ll probably have to call a tow truck. It’s a hassle, but one that comes along with rainy days.

If the engine damage is due to water compression, you can attempt to pump oil to achieve some compression. However, severe engine damage will likely require the expertise of a mechanic.

Tips for starting a classic car collection

classic cars1. Try to stick to a theme 

Just like with art and furniture collectors, great car fanatics focus on styles, periods, or individuals to help shape their collections. This is what makes them so special. By focusing in on a particular brand, model or age you can really immerse yourself its world.

2. Storage is key

The average house only provides homeowners with the ability to squeeze a few cars in. therefore as a collector it is vital to find the perfect place for your vehicles to be kept. The right place can range from warehouses to specialised facilities.

3. You can never have too much space

You always need more space than you think! Considering this when planning things like garage ceiling heights will mean that you could add things such as lifts in the future. Shelving and storage are another key consideration, this will allow you to stay organised and ensure your collection remains in the best possible condition.

4. Team work makes the dream work

Once you know what your focus will be its a great idea to find like-minded individuals. There are many collectors clubs out there often with local members who you can talk and meet with. Not only does this hobby add a social element, clubs and associations can be great resources to gain a different perspective to technical ideas whilst gaining new leads for where to find rare or discontinued parts.

5. Why not Race?

As much as driving your classic car collection around your local area can be fun the real fun starts when you get into organised races. Cars often come alive when you’re with other people who know and care about them. Many races can take you to other country’s and create real experiences which will make you fall even more in love with your collection.

6. The level of work load is a vital decision

The level of passion towards car collecting can determine whether the maintenance and repair work that goes into developing the collection is seen to be a source of pleasure or a chore. It is important to develop an understanding of where in that scale you stand, as this will guide what cars you should purchase. Don’t try and take on a complete engine rebuild if this will detract from your passion and love for the collection.

7. The passion doesn’t just belong in the garage.

Along with the cars themselves, classic cars provide a lot of marketing materials such as posters, and models, therefore incorporation into your home will be easy. Not only will incorporating classic cars in your home be easy to do and at a unique touch, it will also develop and strengthen your knowledge in classic cars.

8. Nothing compares to getting behind the wheel

One of the worst things you can do to an old car is let it just sit around. Get in the driving seat and take it for a spin!

New Product: Articulated Bellow Hoses

articulated bellow hump hoseIn situations where hoses are likely to encouter movement, compression, expansion and vibration hoses can easily split under movement. This is where this new product comes in.

Our articulated bellow hoses are specially designed for areas where the hose acts as a cushion to absorb lateral movement, compression and expansion as well as vibration. Hoses without this construction would otherwise easily split under movement.

Compared to our black Nomex Bellow Hose this flexible hose offers much more movement. The trade off is a little less pressure handling due to its thinner wall thickness of 4mm and slightly softer grade silicone of 60°ShA. This Articulated bellow would not be so flexible with a thicker wall and harder silicone rubber and as such is recommended for use where pressure is not high.

The brown coloured silicone offers better heat stability compared to black or coloured silicone. The hose also features 3 more pronounced humps for better articulation and 4 Stainless Steel Rings to prevent the hose from ballooning.

These hoses are highly recommended to connect your charge cooler / Intercooler etc to pipework, and are 200mm long (6″), Available in a number of popular sizes, and also with options of a reducing diameter one end to the other.

Buy yours today. 

What are Ultra Flex Hoses?

ultra flex hosesViper Performance once again bring you a unique and specialist product not available elsewhere!

Our UltraFlex silicone hoses offer fantastic flexibility with incredibly tight bend radius not at all possible with any Superflex silicone hoses or standard lengths.

What can they be used for?

Our silicone hoses are ideal for air intakes, cooling, water, or moderate pressure applications and larger diameters. They are also very popular with industrial applications, or marine application and even power generators.

What are they made from?

These lightweight hoses are handmade in silicone, reinforced with polyester fabric, and feature a wire spiral inside a specially convoluted section to create an extremely flexible hose connection otherwise not possible with other hoses.

What sizes and colours do they come in?

This hose only comes in 750mm long total length including 50mm flat section cuffs each end and are available in blue. Black is possible by special order and minimum 20 pieces per size.

Viper Performance hoses come with a lifetime warranty! So, order your own Ultra Flex Hose today.

 

 

Silicone Hoses for commercial vehicles

bus hosesViper Performance manufactures and distributes the highest quality silicone hoses on the market today. All of our hoses are hand-built using the latest and best materials at a very competitive price. Automotive hoses are in fact our speciality and have been since 2005. But we don’t just produce standard car hoses, we can also produce hoses for commercial vehicles such as buses, and trucks.

Our silicone hoses are designed to last, out-performing many other hoses offered on the market today.

Why Silicone?

Silicone outperforms other natural organic rubber hose materials in terms of life expectancy and reliability on engine, radiator, heater and intercooler applications.

Our hoses are mandrel built to conform to the requirements of SAE J20 R1 (standard wall) class A. Alternatively in single ply construction, manufactured by continuous methods, to conform to the requirements of SAE J20 R3 and R4 class A.

Our Hoses are Euro 6 Compliant

January 2016 saw the introduction of Euro VI regulations for newly registered vehicles. This ensures manufacturers comply with the regulations which, primarily call for further reductions in levels of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.

Working with several major vehicle producers, Viper Performance already have turbo-charger (CAC), coolant and air intake hoses, for Euro VI vehicles. Using high-quality silicone compounds, and newer Aramid fabrics capable of withstanding 250°C in our CAC hoses and revised constructions for coolant hoses, both are more than capable of performing reliably on any modern engine.

Our fluorosilicone lined hoses, ensure all potential issues are covered now and into the future. 

What do Viper Performance build hoses for?

  • Radiators
  • Water Systems
  • Coolant
  • Breather systems
  • Intercooler Connections
  • Charge Air Cooler
  • and more …

Why you should order your hoses with us

Our Truck and Bus hoses are designed and built to maintain a high degree of rigidity to withstand strong, negative pressures while remaining flexible enough to cope with significant movement between air filter and engine.

From enquiry to finished delivered product, you will receive the level of service you expect from a professional company, with all of our attention focused on quality and customer satisfaction.

Contact us today for more information.

Silicone Hoses for the Marine Industry

marine silicone hosesMany customers do not know that, as well as automotive products Viper Performance, can supply Marine Grade Silicone Hoses. These are suitable for for Wet Exhaust, engine and auxiliary generator systems, used in many of today’s modern, in-board engines, generators and pleasure boats.

As with all of our products the marine hoses are manufactured from only the highest quality silicones and reinforcement fabrics, they are designed to operate at temperatures up to + 180°C. Our High Temperature Wet Exhaust and Turbo hoses, will operate at temperatures up to 210°C with an optional Aramid reinforcement.

As a universal shape / size hose, we can supply straight hoses, single hump hoses, double hump hoses, and many elbow configurations. Also with an wire reinforced option our marine wet exhaust hoses range in diameters and lengths.

All Marine Hoses meet the requirements of SAE J2006 R3. For identification purposes marine grade silicone hoses have a RED inner liner.

Take a look at the range here.

Avoid the rush : The worst days to travel by car this christmas

christmas drivingIf you’re planning on (8)driving home for Christmas(8) this year quick tip don’t do it today!

That’s the advice from travel experts anyway, with the RAC and transportation analytics specialists INRIX suggesting Thursday 19 December is set to be the worst day for road traffic. AA predicts both Thursday and Friday will be terrible for drivers, as leisure and everyday commuter traffic combines.

There may be a silver lining, though: Highways England said around 98% of motorways and major A roads will be roadworks-free in time for Christmas. But with train chaos sweeping the nation – including ongoing cancellations, the South Western Railway strike and planned engineering work – there are also going to be more travellers diverted onto the roads.

So when are the worst times to travel this Christmas?

On Friday 20 December, roads are likely to be busy for a greater period of time, between 12pm and 7pm. AA suggests traffic is expected to peak from 4pm on Friday, with delays to journey times on some stretches of motorway including the M25, the M5 between Bristol and Weston-Super-Mare and the M6 around Birmingham. Again, people are advised to travel after 8pm.

Saturday 21 December is predicted to be busy earlier in the day, as people who work during the week set off. Traffic is predicted to worsen from 10am up until around 3pm. To avoid congestion, travel after 4pm, RAC advises. On Sunday 22 December, the picture is pretty much the same, with people advised to travel after 5pm.

Monday 23 December is set to be busy between 10am and 3pm, with drivers advised to set off after 4pm – although at the risk of hitting commuter traffic from 5pm onwards, it might be best to set off later in the evening. On Tuesday 24 December, people are urged to avoid travelling between 2pm and 6pm. If you can, set off well before 10am.

Top Christmas gifts for car enthusiasts

If you are struggling to pick Christmas presents for your car-crazy friends and relatives this year, fear not, Viper Performance has you covered. Our hand-picked selection of presents and stocking filler ideas includes something for everyone.

Here are our top 4 picks for Christmas…

  1. Gas Clutch Socks – Amazon

New drivers should know it’s not safe to use both feet on the pedals, but at least these socks will help them remember which side is the clutch and which is the gas.

  1. Speedometer & Fuel Gauge Cufflinks – Amazon

These will make getting dressed-up in a suit a little easier. Any guy who’s into cars knows it’s all about the tiny details, and these speedometer and gauge cufflinks are just that.

  1. Car Hacks Book – Amazon

The latest in a long line of Haynes car maintenance guides is an interesting twist on the traditional workshop manual. Instead of focusing on a single car, “Car Hacks” it highlights ingenious ways of keeping your motor in top condition.

  1. Ciao, Stirling – Amazon 

The inside story of a motor racing legend. Pirie’s account shines a whole new light on the legend that is Sir Stirling, and promises to be perfect for anyone after engrossing cover-to-cover read on Christmas Day.

Here at Viper Performance, we are a UK silicone hose specialist for unrivaled quality and service. A trusted leading brand of Silicone Hoses and associated fluid transfer product supplying Motorsport, Race teams, Marine, Military, Trucks, Buses, Bikes, Agricultural, Pharmaceutical, Machinery, Plant, Commercial vehicles, the Rail industry, and more.

Sound like something you’re interested in?

Get in touch today!