I don't like hard lines in a boat period. alum or SS. Flared or ferrule. I don't like hard lines in a boat. Specially a small boat that gets beat on. If the beating doesn't take them out, engine vibration will.Are you talking about using aluminum lines, stainless lines with flair or both?
That's what I was referring to Bob, not a compression fitting. )THumbsUpThey are made by Russell and they use a ferrule deal not much different than a brass plumbing deal. Its nowhere the same a the nut a tube with a 37* flare like this
The problem I have with the ferrule type adators is that the ferrule isn't up to crimping SS, only fairly soft aluminum tubing, and the crimp from the ferrule kind of becomes a "break right here" on the tube. The fittings is fine, but the tube is in 2 pieces. I guess if you don't rough house your boat they are fine. Maybe in a 30ft deep V. In a small jet or flat bottom, I like hoses.
Move the regulator. Why force the issue. I hate to use the words "piss poor planing", but if the shoe fits....I installed the fuel pressure regulator near the carb with a carb bracket and need to connect the inlet lines and there is no room for hose ends and still have the hose make the bends it would need to make. That is why I am thinking to use hard line.
You are correct. They do use ANNEALED SS on jet engines. And it properly routed and properly supported. AND is flared with the proper tool. Good annealed SS and a GOOD tool.Well I just hard lined my motor in -8 polished SS line, I figured if they can build jet engines with this style fitting I would give it a shot just for the look. If you want to go this route, try these
AN Adapters & AN Hose Ends and Hose | AN Plumbing
They have most all the fittings you will need and are very helpful on the phone if need be. Check out their "How to" videos, some good info.
I would recommend the flaring tool they sell. I tried a few others in the same price range and they all sucked when using on SS. The Parker Flaring Tool they sell works like butter. :wink2:
OUCH!Move the regulator. Why force the issue. I hate to use the words "piss poor planing", but if the shoe fits....
Did you buy this bracket or build it? Lots and lots of regulators near carbs out there with hoses. Lots!
not sure what you mean by "more reliable". i know that hard tube is going to be more prone to cracking than hose will be. whether one will outlast the other? who knows. i had braided ss on this deal for 12 years, over 100k road miles over shitty highways. water time is easiest on it. i changed to xrp because i hate braided stainless and wanted the whole boat the same. lot of guys do hardline and are very pleased with it, just not my deal...So, which is the more reliable set up?