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Old 01-27-2015, 11:52 AM   #1
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Td04 install oil/coolant lines aftermarket thoughts

What is your take on XA Oil Water Line Kit for Saab 9 3 9 5 Aero TD04 Turbochager Teflon Hose Line | eBay

I have to get new copper washers, gaskets, etc..and came across this for the 19t install. The last time I did the install on my other 9-3 the hardlines were a PITA to work with and I still have a leak on one of the copper washers coolant lines that attaches to the block. Thinking this might be a bit easier to install/work around with as i don't plan on taking off the exhaust manifold for the install.
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Old 01-27-2015, 12:34 PM   #2
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I prefer the hard lines whenever possible. I guess it depends how many miles you want to put on the car and how many years you want to run it; people use flex lines all the time but it's hard to beat the stock pipe for years of dependable service.

Like you wrote, installation ease is the only reason I can think you'd want to swap, but IMO you are adding additional (marginal) unreliability to the car. There's also visual inspection in some states too, CA at least.
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I have not personally used these, but sure seems like an easy solution. If you're doing this install on your 2000, only the coolant lines are different. Like Drew, I'd stick with the hard lines. More connections = more possibilities for leaks. I've done dozens of these turbos and never had trouble with the lines (though a friend of mine struggled with them for an entire day, and was half pissed/half relieved when I showed up and had them on in 10 min)
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The original hardlines will work as there is a td04 on their now and i'm just putting on another upgraded td04. I'm not worried about that, just the ease of attachment. I already have to get gaskets, etc from eeuro for 25 bucks, figured for a little more $ for ease of install maybe aftermarket lines might be worth it.
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I bought a similar kit off ebay that was cheaper and didnt come will bit the one you listed does. I ended up have to order one or 2 other bits to make it work but in the end it was worth it to me for the ease of installing the coolant lines and looks better imo. I had the correct td04 hard oil line.
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or you can do what i did and go to a hydraulic hose store who makes hoses, get conversion fittings to -an and have your own lines made. i had so many problems with mine, soon after i converted, its worth the extra money to me and the time it takes to drive 45 minutes to go to these guys, it also helps i used them for work too....

before i reclocked the 9k turbo i had decent lines, i need a new set made so once i get done ill post pics
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I've replaced hard oil lines with s/s when it meant not having to pull turbos off to snake hard lines through. It took 15-minutes, and the car's running leak-free for 3 years/60k miles.

Just make sure you're getting good quality stuff. I've heard of ebay vendors selling regular rubber lines that melt/burst. When I bought mine, I bought them from turbonetics, so I knew I was getting good quality, which meant the hose, itself, was $30.
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