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Author Topic: Looking for flexible connector 6" diameter for air intake  (Read 3985 times)
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« on: February 13, 2010, 11:15:25 AM »

I'm looking for a flexible 6" diameter connector to use between my air cleaner and the turbo intake.  I used to have them rigidly connected, but have decided the air cleaner is not moving enough to absorb the engine movement.  I was thinking of using an inner tube to make this connection.  Does anyone know if this will work?  Does anyone have a source for a flexible connector?  This is on the intake side, so there  is no pressure, only vacuum to contend with.

Thanks for any ideas you might have.
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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2010, 11:27:04 AM »

Brian, go to a major plumbing supply and buy a Fernco coupler comes with ss clamps for about 20 bucks



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« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2010, 11:40:16 AM »

Brian, go to a major plumbing supply and buy a Fernco coupler comes with ss clamps for about 20 bucks



good luck

+1, many sizes and lengths available if you need to special order.  These are the rubber couples used to join cast iron to ABS etc..there are even sizes to join old clay drain pipe to plastic drain hubs and all combos you can think of.
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« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2010, 01:00:59 PM »

Good idea guys.  I'll check those out, hopefully on Monday.
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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2010, 01:13:41 PM »

Looking at the pictures on line it appears the fernco couplers are pretty thick.  Due to the air cleaner in the way I might not have enough room for the thickness of the fernco.  Are there any other thinner options?
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« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2010, 04:22:03 PM »

Brian, Is your turbo intake 6 inch? Mine is about 4" and the air cleaner is 6". I got a rubber elbow from a mack truck, not sure where. I think I had something else in the shed but it may have gotten thrown. I will look and see, if I find something you can have it.  Tom Y
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« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2010, 07:03:43 AM »

Tom, the turbo intake is 4".  However, it makes an immediate 90 degree angle.  The opening on the other end is 5 1/2".  This connects to the 90 degree adapter on the air cleaner.  The air cleaner housing connection is 8".

Any ideas on how long an inner tube would last in the engine compartment?
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« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2010, 08:27:03 AM »

You could have fun making a kind of HD clothes dryer flex line.  I think the way I would do it would be to take one piece of tube, and use some heavy wire twisted around a form to make the "spring".   I would insert the spring in the tube, coat the inside of tube with contact cement, then use another bit of tube for the inner sleeve.  Probably you could tie off the ends and use air pressure to seat the "inner" tube against the outer tube and seat assembly.
 Finally silicone sheeting is a great long lasting product, if you could somehow integrate that into the assembly.....
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« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2010, 09:24:39 AM »

Brian, I'm not sure how much you want to spend but here is a site: www.donaldson-filters.com 
this site has all kinds of adaptors for intakes, exhausts, clamps !
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« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2010, 09:54:06 AM »

I looked up prices on the Donaldson rubber products and they are only about $15 to $20.  Not cheap, but not outrageous either.

It seems like this is probably a better way to go than the Fernco stuff if Donaldson has the right part.
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« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2010, 10:10:05 AM »

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« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2010, 10:47:39 AM »

I poked around on Donaldson's site and couldn't find a connector that is big enough. 

A point of clarification, the gap between the two elbows is only 1/2" at most.
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« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2010, 11:12:04 AM »

Here is a picture showing the joint.  The air cleaner elbows are right above and to the left of the green oil fill tube.

http://home.earthlink.net/%7Ediehls0792_1/Bus_2007/2007_0803_Final1.jpeg

Hopefully you can see a tiny bit of shiny aluminum.  This  is the connection I am trying to make flexible now.
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« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2010, 01:03:28 PM »

Brian, Sorry I must have thrown out what I had. 4 1/2" Is as big as I have. I would pass on the inter tube. Someone must sell the 6 inch silicone hose in a thin wall like the 4 inch hose for charge air.  Tom Y
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« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2010, 01:07:43 PM »

Brian, I may have a short piece of hose like a leaf vacum. It was on an air filter on the other side if I rember, to the out side. It had wire in it. I'll go look now.  Tom Y
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