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View Poll Results: Which Do You Prefer
Tower Clamp 21 37.50%
Plain Old Hose Clamp 21 37.50%
Quality Hose Clamp Such As Constant Tension Or T Bolt 13 23.21%
Something In Black 1 1.79%
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post #16 of 43 (permalink) Old Mar 14th, 19, 9:34 PM
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Constant tension crack when they get old,sick of changing them at work.Tower clamps are junk ,just took them of my car and into the garbage.The new design adjustable stainless clamps made for rubber with the solid sections that dont bite the rubber is my preference.
Not the factory flat spring clamps but stainless constant tension clamps like these:

https://www.gates.com/us/en/fluid-po...00404/v/123454


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The worm clamps have gotten cheap over the years, I 've stripped more out the last few years than ever before

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Constant tension crack when they get old,sick of changing them at work.Tower clamps are junk ,just took them of my car and into the garbage.The new design adjustable stainless clamps made for rubber with the solid sections that dont bite the rubber is my preference.
Can you post a pic or reference to what you are referring to as far as the new adjustable stainless type? In the poll the constant tenting clamps I was referring to was the type that somewhat resemble a worm drive clamp. But there is another style that is kind of two spring steel wires. Guess I should have been more specific.
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I hate tower clamps!!! When the hex head breaks because of corrosion, you'll have a fun time getting them off. Your garage queens won't have a problem, but I've had to cut off waaaay too many of those things. Just a simple worm gear clamp for me...simple and quick.

I have to take the hoses off of PIMA a lot, so I need something simple...
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Re: Let's Talk Hose Clamps

I use worm clamps painted Black and Tower Clamps just for looks. The OEM tower clamps were great but the repros are much thinner and IMHO junk. I drive my cars and for lots of miles and do not want to be stranded on the side of the road ever...
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I use worm clamps painted Black ...
Would like to find a quality clamp that is black. That way they would tend to disappear. Do you have any trouble with paint chipping off. I assume you pain't them satin? Or maybe semi gloss?
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I like these clamps, but apparently I am in the minority based on reviews. Summit used to sell them in a kit. The inner liner is nice, as it prevents the clamp from digging into the hose, but they have all the convenience of normal worm gear clamps.

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/sum-390503
Those do look nice but aren't they just a bit small for the two lower radiator hoses? The lower clamps (tower clamps) for the lower hoses are 2& 5/16.. These say largest recommended hose diameter is 2.13
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I've had repop tower clamps on my car for 4 years without a problem. Even had the upper hose on and off a coupe times. No sealant on the hose. So far I haven't had any problems out of them.
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Anybody use these? Beside a boost application.

https://www.grainger.com/product/1XG...g!469967173860!

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Those do look nice but aren't they just a bit small for the two lower radiator hoses? The lower clamps (tower clamps) for the lower hoses are 2& 5/16.. These say largest recommended hose diameter is 2.13
I bought mine 6-7 years ago. Summit sold a 15-20 pc assortment of this style clamp back then. Can't find it on their site anymore. Looks like they only have leftovers in a few sizes. That's a shame, as they work pretty well.

EDIT: Like these

https://www.dixonvalve.com/products/...veSeal%20Clamp
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Would like to find a quality clamp that is black. That way they would tend to disappear. Do you have any trouble with paint chipping off. I assume you pain't them satin? Or maybe semi gloss?
I used Eastwood underhood black - several light coats and carefully installed them on the car. No paint chipping so far. When the car is at a judged show I remove the clamps on the upper radiator hose (72 Chevy 350) so just the towers show. I replace them before leaving.
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Not the factory flat spring clamps but stainless constant tension clamps like these:

https://www.gates.com/us/en/fluid-po...00404/v/123454
Those look really nice.

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Re: Let's Talk Hose Clamps

Well I ordered enough of the Gates GS Constant tension clamps to do all the cooling hose connections. Even have a couple extra of the smaller size as those are only sold in packs of 10 at Rock Auto where I ordered them, so might even experiment with painting one black. Found them at Jegs also but twice the price at jegs. Got 10 of the smaller clamps at Rock Auto for $4.00 more than I would have paid for 4 clamps at Jegs!!!

This style:https://www.gates.com/us/en/fluid-po...00404/v/123454
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Re: Let's Talk Hose Clamps

If one wants to keep originality, then use the proper parts.

On my 68 Chevy II Nova, when I bought it used it had the worm clamps on it and I knew that style was not original so I bought a set of tower clamps and the first one I put on did not work and bent. I started thinking maybe the tower clamps were junk I had but then figured out why I was having issues with the first one and after I tweaked the other ones before I put them on, they worked just fine.

As far as using one style of clamp and having one hose being more easily removed than another later on down the road, if both clamps are exerting the same force the bond between the hose and the nipple end is not going to be able to tell which clamp was in place if both exerted the same force. To me it's like which weights more, a pound of feathers or a pound of rocks ?.

My vote for originality is to put on the tower style if that is correct for the year, make, and model. If one wants to use something else for a more modern look or for better clamping if the tower style does not provide that due to inferior made clamps or from improper installation, then try another style.

Someone posted a while back on some site that the Wittek Tower Clamps were junk and I think it's how they are put together and if the folded over ears/tabs are too tight, then things will not slide past each other. This is the issue I had with mime and once I loosened them up a tad, they worked just fine.







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I have SS T bolt clamps, they look cool and I buy them cheap from a vendor I deal with at work. (Dixon)
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