Originally Posted by adam83
I was wondering if it was just a matter of opinion, like trying to achieve a stock look etc, or if there were real pro's and cons to using universal flexible radiator hoses over the traditional pre molded kind. I am about to the point in the installation where I will need to buy some, and they are both available for my car
If you use a ribbed hose on an application where the hose is installed in a curved position, then there will always be pressure exerted on whatever connections the hose is used on. If this happens to be a fragile nipple connection made of aluminum, the constant stress could crack the connection. I'll use ribbed hoses on straight connections, but prefer molded hoses on a curved connection for this reason.