From digest.v7.n1216 Sat Feb 28 21:00:47 1998
From: steve brown <sdb999_at_mindspring.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 1998 14:39:57 -0500
Subject: Home Depot Intakes
>Milos and Kevin writes:
> When I was in the Home Depot has rubber tubes similar to the ones that
came with my K & N cone filer. In many sizes, shapes and twists.
> Apparently they are a stock plumbing part.
> I think it would be a fairly simple task to route your filter
> anwhere you'd like with this assortment of rubber tubes.
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When researching this same issue I to used the Home Depot parts for R+D. I
tracked down the manufacturer of these parts and spoke to the materials
engineer at the molding facility. Warning these are not rubber, and the
plasticizers (sp.) will cook out over a period of time at temps above 140
F. This will leave the base material (urethane I believe) crumbling into
brittle little chunks for your engine to ingest. I recorded under hood
temps of 120+ in August in Atlanta in a Black car, too close for comfort.
So for this application I eventually used a true rubber boot good to 250 F
from turbo diesel applications.
The Home Depot thing may work for a short time or it may not depending on
temp/and duration of use. The engineer also mentioned something about UV as
most of this stuff is used inside walls and under floor boards. Just
thought you would want to know.