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Next comes the fittings for the suction line that connects the
reservoir to the pump. I picked up a pair of Russell -10 Twist-Lok
fittings, part # 624030. This specific connector is NOT designed for high pressure applications
(such as power steering).
Basically, they are an AN-10 female fitting with a hose barb on the other end.
Using a Twist-Lok connector in a high pressure application would be a mistake.
But for the suction line, these are just what the doctor ordered. They
cost about $9 each.
The Twist-Lok fitting is a slip fit. The red ring has a slit down it that can be expanded with the blade of a screw driver. This is spread and slipped down over the hose. The hose is then pushed onto the fitting until it is snug up against the shoulder of the fitting. The red ring is then expanded again and slid up over the hose until it butts up against the fitting body.
A pic of the hose I used for the suction line. Made by Aeroquip, this hose is -10 (5/8") diameter and rated at 250 PSI. This hose is fairly rigid, which is needed, so the line does not collapse flat from the suction of the pump. (the same way you can collapse a drinking straw by sucking too hard on it) The cost is about $5 per foot. I asked for 2 feet and the counter guy had an end of the roll piece that was 31" long so I got the extra half foot for free.
I also bought a pair of Russell -6 Twist-Lok fittings for the low pressure return lines. These will connect the return lines to the reservoir, those from the hydroboost and the steering gear box. The fittings were about $5 each at the local Checker Auto store.
The hose clamp in the above pic was not included with the fitting. I am opting (unless I change my mind), to use the hose clamps on these low pressure return lines. These barb fittings are rated for 250 PSI without using any clamp, per Russell's specs. However, I am thinking that I would just as soon be on the safe side here. Having a hose come loose out on the trail would be the pits and it would make a mess that requires a good clean up.....avoiding the entire situation would be just fine by me.
I got the mounting bracket from PSC earlier in the week. Prior to ordering it, I verified that the reservoir they sell with the pump kits was the same diameter as mine. Once the size was confirmed, I had the bracket at my house in a few days. It is an aluminum bracket that has 4 mounting holes and clamps around the reservoir.
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