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Old 01-09-2011, 12:38 PM   #1
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Info request / Silicone couplers

This is not for a boost application, but I thought you boost folks would have the best experience regarding silicone couplers. I made a front air dam and now need to move my intake location (as it is blocked by the dam now). I have worked out the new location, piping and mounting, and using a silicone coupler would really make things simple if possible. So, few questions please.
1: What is the typical wall thickness of silicone couplers? (all I can find is I.D.)
2: What is the flexibility range? I.E. How many degrees can a coupler (in this case a 90 degree elbow) diverge before the coupler begins to crush/collapse at the bend.
3: Is it possible to make a coupler (or in this case, just think silicon pipe) conform to a shape NOT as formed. I.E. Make a round tube fit a square frame (would the silicone begin to tear?).

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This is not for a boost application, but I thought you boost folks would have the best experience regarding silicone couplers. I made a front air dam and now need to move my intake location (as it is blocked by the dam now). I have worked out the new location, piping and mounting, and using a silicone coupler would really make things simple if possible. So, few questions please.
1: What is the typical wall thickness of silicone couplers? (all I can find is I.D.)
2: What is the flexibility range? I.E. How many degrees can a coupler (in this case a 90 degree elbow) diverge before the coupler begins to crush/collapse at the bend.
3: Is it possible to make a coupler (or in this case, just think silicon pipe) conform to a shape NOT as formed. I.E. Make a round tube fit a square frame (would the silicone begin to tear?).

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1: most are about 1/8 in thick
2: there pretty flexible, you can move them a little before collapse.
3: you might be able to fit it over a square pipe if you try hard enough, would only tear if you nicked it or cut it
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Thanks Roushturboedzx3. So, can assume then that about 10 degrees is the limit? The preferred path is an 'S' shape (or a '/\/' if you will. but not near that radical).
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