Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Flinders island
Rep Power: 1
Here is a comparison shot between the as3 silicone hose and the stock rubber. The stock is softer and has a single ply. The silicone is harder and multi ply. I also used wider hose clamps than the stock, Norma I think. The stock hose clamps cut in too much, also started to "chew" out the thread on the band. I used clamps with rolled edges as I noticed the silicone "cut" easier than the rubber. I didn't care much for their logo stamped on each hose, kinda looks like asS. The china ebay had no logo.
Both as3 and the China guy were happy to send out single hoses. Why not get all OEM hoses and order a silicone hose to replace obsolete hose. You'll hardly see it under the wire protector. Six months on my bike, no problems. Gravel roads, fuel, oil, hot engine, no worries.
I've also seen that lower radiator hose in stainless, although it didn't have those nice bends. Cheers