Myth 1.Hoses can be easily ordered correctly by providing an aircraft make, model, and serial number.Reality: There are many hose kits listed. Some of these hose kits are produced by hose manufacturers, aircraft manufacturers, hose shops, and private parties. Specialty Hose has over 500 kits listed in our database. In our 40+ of experience, we have found these kits are not 100% accurate. When you think you're saving time and money by ordering a kit, the majority of the time, you will not receive the correct hoses to fit your aircraft. Hose kits will cost you more time and money. Myth 2.I will receive all the hoses for my aircraft when I order a hose kit. Reality: There is a high probability that you will not receive all the hoses for your aircraft in a hose kit because hose kits can be broken down into several categories. Some hose kits will contain only engine hoses. Some kits will also contain airframe hoses. Some engine hose kits might contain hoses that have an aircraft manufacturer's part number, but not the engine manufacturer's hoses. When overhauling or replacing an engine, sometimes, the overhaul shop or engine manufacturer may include some hoses and the hoses you have received in your kit may be duplicates. Confusing, right? This is why it is rare you will find a hose kit containing exactly what you need. Myth 3.All aircraft of a particular make and model have the same hoses. Reality: Almost no aircraft of the same make and model have the same hoses. In many cases, aircraft have been modified over the years. Sometimes these modifications can include remote-mount oil filters, fuel transducers, air conditioning, and other hardware. Sometimes, the aircraft without any modifications can have hoses that have been re-routed by various mechanics and maintenance personnel over the years. When the aircraft were originally manufactured, it was typically done in short production runs and hose configurations can change frequently between serial numbers, even with the same make and model aircraft. Even the IPC for the designated aircraft is not a reliable source for accurate hose information. Myth 4.Hose kits are already built and sitting on somebody's shelf for immediate shipment.Reality: No one stocks completed hose kits. Hose shops stock bulk hose and fittings and make assemblies as required. Even if you purchase a hose kit, it is not going to change the time it takes to ship your order because the hoses still have to be fabricated. CONCLUSION: Ordering a hose kit actually takes longer, costs more money, and frequently involves returns. It is the most inefficient way to purchase hoses. ** How to order aircraft hoses in the most cost-effective and efficient manner: •Good: Provide descriptions, lengths, end fitting configurations, and hose type details for each assembly. •Better: Provide part numbers on metal tags from existing hoses.•Best: Send us your old hoses for duplication. Why? It is a guaranteed fit and match to your old hose assemblies. You get a low-price guarantee. Return freight is at our expense. This is the most hassle-free way to get your plane back in the air. Guaranteed.
Hose Myths Revealed
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