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Old 05-02-2013, 05:07 AM
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Dave some s/s is magnetic, none of the 300/ series. There are some 400/ seies is, such as 416 is a little, then some of the oddball stuff that is also.

Yep, Bob I am aware of that. It's generally a test whether the part 'leaps' to the magnet(regular steel) or just barely hangs on. I'm normally using a rare earth magnet from a dead 'puter hard drive when I do my 'testing' so they are strong. Most 316 SS washers (from McMaster Carr McMaster-Carr ) I've been using are slightly magnetic. I have some general use tie wire that's that way as well.

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All I ever use is the same clamps as tech posted..I use them on a lot of things, Brake lines,hoses,fuel lines, and so on.. Never had one go bad yet...

REALLY nice!
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REALLY nice!
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I try my best..
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Let's look at it this way;
Airplanes use aluminum fuel lines, and sit on the ramp, out in the weather for months on end, without even being started.
They don't have any trouble with them, just the rubber hoses have a "life limit" placed on them. And must be replaced after a period of time regardless of condition. There are bends in the lines, and flared fittings. But the flare is not as flat as the flare used in the auto industry. also not a double flare.
Granted; 2024-t3 aluminum "work hardens" but there's no need to use that alloy in a car. There are softer versions such as 2024-t0 which hasn't been heat treated, and is much easier to work with.
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I've used steel and aluminum both on builds, and aluminum is a lot nicer to work with. I use insulated clamps, and in any area where it passes through holes I split rubber hose and slip it over the line and tie with nylon ties to protect it from vibration or physical harm.
Never had a problem with aluminum if I do my part right.
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