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plumbers tape on hydro assist??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by oneofthefewbmx, Mar 24, 2007.

  1. oneofthefewbmx

    oneofthefewbmx 1/2 ton status

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    hey guys, im putting in my hydraulic assist today and i was wondering, before i start, do i need to put some kind of sealant on the fittings on the lines? like plumbers tape on the threads? i was goin to do it anyway but i dont know if that would hurt it becase ive never heard of, say, doing that to your power steering lines ya know....thanks guys....
     
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    ryan22re 1/2 ton status

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    PS lines do not need teflon tape.

    NPT (pipe fittings) do. I.E. the hydro assist fittings.

    Your PS lines should either be a flare or have an o-ring fitting.
     
  3. oneofthefewbmx

    oneofthefewbmx 1/2 ton status

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    sweet...that is what i thought....thanks for the quick reply!
     
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    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    God there and I thought you meant you were gonna mount your ram to the axle with the metal plumber's tape :haha:

    -- A
     
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    runamok151 1 ton status Premium Member

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    isn't that what duct tape is for?:rolleyes:
     
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    I used the liquid thread sealant from Loc-tite on my fittings.

    The NPT fittings only the -6 fittings are self sealing:D

    Ira
     
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    oneofthefewbmx 1/2 ton status

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    i see...that is exactly what i did...teflon taped all the fittings except except the 6 because they had o-rings...thanks guys....ah, one more question, was is easiest to center the ram by turning the wheels all the way to one side with the ram all the way to that side and just welding it there or what? how did you guys find out where to weld it to the tie-rod? thanks
     
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    mikey_d05 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Put it on stands, cranked it back and forth, left it at full lock when I tacked it, cycled it again to make sure it would go the whole distance, welded.
     
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    I went full lock, pushed the ram all the way in and marked where the tabs met the tie rod, moved full lock the other way and pulled the ram out and marked the tabs again. I did some calculations and stuck the tabs. I have not had any problems and I run a stock tie rod (only because I am cheap):D

    Ira
     
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    sounds good to me....thanks guys :bow:
     

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