Oil Hoses FAQ
by Flash #412, Kristian #562 & HsN
compiled & edited by Kristian #562
Edited by Winter, 29 December 2005
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29 December 2005
Q. I want to replace my Oil Hoses. Can I use generic Hydraulic Hoses?
A. Yes, Except, If you are replacing your oil hoses, if you are not using
OEM replacement hoses, be aware that the hose between the frame oil tank intake
strainer and the oil pump in the engine should be a slightly higher grade of
hose, rated to resist crushing under vacuum and should include the long coiled
reinforcement spring that may be located inside the OEM hose.
Q. Why can't I get the Stock Hose Clamps back on?
- After you have done some maintenance, you may have pulled off one
of the Hose-Pipe Clamps or a pipe may constantly pop-off the bike.
- Some folks have had this happen a bit, until they refitted new clamps
- I don't think you should even bother trying to refit it. They look
like they are made as "oncers" and though I have managed to
squeeze them back together I'm always wary of them failing when you're on
- Get yourself some good quality, preferably stainless
hosepipe clamps, that
have a flap under the screw or are nice and smooth under the screw, which
shields the screw from the rubber. Make sure you get a bunch of them so
you can put on the right size.
- Don't try and fit one that's too big and do it up, it's not made
for it and you'll end up with a clamp that's out-of-round that will pinch
the rubber and not seal very well. Here's the
old Waterpump Cover Clamp
(left) and the New Clamp (right).
Q. What Hoses Do I need?
Ok, so I've replaced all of my hoses...I think:
- 3 coolant
- 3 3/8 in. I.D. oil hoses
- 1 small oil hose from frame to cam cover.
Q. Where the Flibbity Flu does the SPRING go that I bought knowing I
would need, but never actually found where it goes...
Part number 11 41 2 345 137 is item number 13 on drawing number 11_1864. It
appears to go either around or else inside the lower end of the hose running
from the frame/tank fitting (where the screen you don't ever have to clean
lives) down to the motor. Does it look to you like it would fit INSIDE the hose?
Neither of my bikes have one on the outside of the hose. I'd say it is to keep
the hose from kinking shut and starving the bike for oil.