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    which clamps for gas and oil lines?

    Did a quick search for lines and clamps..nothing really conclusive...I'm thinking the oitikers are the best but they must be a pain as there are some lines in tight places...Are zip ties a decent option? if so, which ones? how about the ones you squeeze together?
    Also, I was going to buy gas and oil lines but read somewhere the oem oil lines are some of the best...should I just reclamp the originals if they look fine(long enough)? thanks!


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    Oetiker ear clamps are my go-to clamp. I'm not that keen on zip ties, but I use them if no other choice/method available.

    I use Shields a-1 rated marine fuel line..bit of a pain until you get accustomed to working with it.

    Factory OEM for oil lines, simply for liability purposes.

    Get a tile nipper..handy for oetikers in tight places, those normal sized crimpers are for cabin cruiser sized workspaces.

    do it right and you likely will not have to do it again for a real long time
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    thanks nm!....no worry of cutting clamps with nippers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by phumb View Post
    thanks nm!....no worry of cutting clamps with nippers?
    If the tile nibbling tool is too sharp just file it to be more rounded.

    I sometimes use dull diagonal cutting pliers. Won't admit to that, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phumb View Post
    thanks nm!....no worry of cutting clamps with nippers?

    Tell you what...thy are tough to get off even with brand new snap on diagonal cutters.

    I've used dykes also for some of the brutal tight place.
    Some practice is suggested before using em for real.

    Silicon spray is helpful.
    Careful around certain plastic connectors.

    Main rule is think twice crimp once
    Get stainless in a few sizes.

    I use em exclusive on seadoo old pto boots

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    I use an end cutting pliers. Works perfect

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    ha tile nippers...my secrets out. Been using them for 35yrs.
    I tried to find my favorite super small end nippers for a pic but they are MIA.
    only about 4 inches long for those tight spots.
    For lines I frequently remove I use the good premium T&B black UV Ty Raps with the stainless insert.
    Ive never had one fail yet and they are pretty tough. I keep about 3 sizes of them for various jobs.
    No need to use them for everything like harnesses but for fuel and oil lines they are great.

    PLEASE do not use dikes to crimp
    the clamp is not crimped evenly and could even damage the hose doing so.

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