Samco vs Oem MM hose

Brian Link brianl at
Tue May 14 18:49:22 EDT 2002

I just wanted to chime in on this one, I agree with Phil.  I am running 22+
psi of boost (I have a larger turbo than the k-24), and I had more trouble
with the silicone hose blowing off than the OEM.  The OEM costs approx $65
while Samco is $200+ for the pair.  I do recommend using the wider style
hose clamps with the lock nuts rather than the Oem due to the smaller ones
tend to cut into the hose when you crank on them.
In my opinion, the silicone hose was a bit too short and it became very
slippery when oily and the added thickness of the silicone hose, I think,
makes it harder for it to conform around the burp on the metal pipe going
to the throttle body.  I felt sorry for the guys doing the one lap of
America in their S4, with the silicone hose popping off, I've btdt.
  Although losing the added hp from having a large blue hose under the hood
was a little disconcerting.

Btw, I have seen people use the orange aircraft type silicone hose with
good success which can be had for $20/foot if I remember correctly.
just my 2 cents

Brian Link
Boulder, CO

At 5:41 PM -0400 5/14/02, Chris Covington wrote:
>Taka et al,
>I agree WRT the Eurocar upper intercooler hose.  You really have to work &
>move the intercooler forward to get it to mount, but once on there it
>won't blow off, that's for sure.  The lower intercooler, which I've also
>installed, is a much better fit and seems to be functioning properly.

so Phil asked

Just wondering--the motivation to go through that trouble with the
upper IC hose is...what? Surely it's more than the decorator colors,
right? What's the downside to using the oem MM hose, which I believe
ought to last something near 100k miles? Do I grossly overestimate
its longevity?


then Taka wrote

Two reasons- under high boost, the hose tears and/or blows off and
the second reason is that the oil in the system causes the stock rubber
hose to tear.

Considering that the Samco hose only costs a tad more than OEM, I don't
see why anyone would buy OEM.

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