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Offline rpr101

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Hose clamp pliers
« on: 25 March, 2019, 08:01:35 AM »
Hi

Im gathering tools and stuff to do a coolant flush.

Whats the best way to get the spring hose clamps off and back on? Hose clamp pliers? Any particular recommendations?

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Re: Hose clamp pliers
« Reply #1 on: 25 March, 2019, 10:58:03 AM »
Without looking I've always cut off and replaced with hoseclips (worm drive)
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Re: Hose clamp pliers
« Reply #2 on: 25 March, 2019, 01:22:00 PM »
 :0461: with Ukwes, they are a bugger to get at to undo, so easy to replace with jubilee clips (worm drive) but if you haven't got any laying around at the time, i just used a pair of pliers to clamp the 3 little legs together & open the hose clip & move it off the joint.
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Re: Hose clamp pliers
« Reply #3 on: 25 March, 2019, 01:36:18 PM »
See, I like em. They are constant tension clamps so never go slack. But yes you do need the proper pliers, I got them off Ebay, about 15
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Re: Hose clamp pliers
« Reply #4 on: 25 March, 2019, 02:15:15 PM »
But can you re-use them? I would have thought not....but obviously can replace with new of same
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Re: Hose clamp pliers
« Reply #5 on: 25 March, 2019, 04:23:17 PM »
*Originally Posted by Ukwes [+]
But can you re-use them? I would have thought not....but obviously can replace with new of same

Yes mate, totally reusable, Ive had mine on and off 3 times at least.
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Re: Hose clamp pliers
« Reply #6 on: 25 March, 2019, 04:47:02 PM »
Plumbers grip are my tool for squeezing um in.

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Re: Hose clamp pliers
« Reply #7 on: 25 March, 2019, 05:08:06 PM »
It is easier with these, they lock:

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Re: Hose clamp pliers
« Reply #8 on: 25 March, 2019, 09:52:00 PM »
Well that was an epic spring clean.  Great way to use my last day of this years leave though.

I was knocking on the door of the nearest Machinemart  at 8.30. Bought a pair of those weird looking pliers with the long cable. I was a bit skeptical for 13 but they worked a treat.

Coolant drained, radiator off, headers cleaned, a flush with 50/50 distilled vinegar/ deionised water and 2 more with plain deionised water. New front pads and caliper clean inbetween cooling  cycles.

Not too much gunk in expansion bottle. Flush was clear (ish) after the 3rd time. Of course I probably should have done more but theres only so many hours in the day.

Not satisfied with the finish on the headers but maybe Im expecting too much given that I ride all year round. I can see that a whole day dedicated to autosol and graft would have got a better result but again, theres only so many hours in the day. Got an almost mirror shine on the exhaust section up to the silencer. I think a classic parallel twin would be a better project for gleaming pipes.

Probably proudest of my now sparkling  front calliper to frame bolts. Great trick from YouTube. Put the thread end of bolt in drill. A few seconds on a green scouring pad followed by a few more on a soft cloth with autosol.

As Ive said before. If it wasnt for this forum, I would have had the confidence to get stuck in and attempt work on the bike.

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Re: Hose clamp pliers
« Reply #9 on: 25 March, 2019, 10:20:58 PM »
Well done mate, yeah I used the bolts in the drill trick too but after 3 or 4 times gave in and bought new mirror polished ones from Race Bolt
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