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    Tube to Ride Plate seeping Antifreeze

    I searched and have not seen a direct post, but saw a reference to this.

    My left side tube that touches the hull and attaches to the ride plate is seeping antifreeze in the hull. My Antifreeze level is still good, but I see just a small amount of seepage.

    I saw the reference to replace the stock (crappy) clamps. If that does not cut it, any other suggestions?

    Does the tube thread into the ride plate or does it attach a different way?

    Thanks in advance.


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    Wich boat 05 or 08? if it is the 08 and you are sure the hose clamp is tight then the fitting is either cracked, has a bad o-ring or is just loose. If it is the 05 the fitting is probably cracked or installed w/out any sealant.

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    Sorry, it is the 2005 RXP.

    Assuming it is a sealant problem or the fitting itself, can I do this without draining coolant or do I need to drain it from the ride plate to start the fix?

    Thanks.

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    If it was me, I would move the OEM clamp up and out of the way, then put a screw clamp on the hose. You can do this without draining the system. If you need to seal or replace the plastic connector, the system needs to be drained. That wouldn't be too bad either since it's probably the original antifreeze... Ron

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    The stock clamps are garbage, but I did not really want to drain the coolant and/or pull the hose off the nipple to remove the stock pincher clamps, so I cheated ... I pulled the clamps up the hose a ways, pinched them with a vise grip, put a small piece of metal behind the clamp to protect the hose, then used a mini cut-off wheel and carefully cut it off and put on good SS clamps. Worked great, no mess, no more leaks.

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    Thanks, Everyone. Sounds straight-forward. As always, I really appreciate everyone's willingness to help out.

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    you must have realllly small hands

    or a midget sized cutoff wheel to get in there. Dealing with just connecting the hoses on an 08 /sc was a bit of a pain, I'm still pulling bits of fiberglass out of my arms. I would have drained the cooling system myself, but then again, I'm an old fat fart.

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    I used a cut-off wheel on an air-powered Dremel-size tool ... so yes, it was tiny. I also did that when I had the exhaust and intercooler out, so there was a lot more space.

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    Just following up.

    Drained the antifreeze.

    Pulled the stock hose and clamp. Removed the insert that screws into the ride plate.

    I carefully cleaned out the insert area where it fits into the ride plate. Unfortunately, I had to pull the J Pipe and the waterbox to get to it all.

    32mm is the size of the hex head on the insert going into the ride plate. Replaced the insert. Used a better stainless hose clamp and re-attached hose.

    used some silicone around the insert after installing it.

    Changed the antifreeze out and tested on the hose.

    NO LEAKS!

    Thanks for the suggestions.

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