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New chicken loop hosing

Postby ArneB » Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:57 am

Hi,

Need some new hosing for my chicken loop.

Searched the forum and found that some use polyurethane hose that car shops use for their air tools.
Seems like a good option, but have doubts about the durability.

Did anyone have any luck in sourcing a material that is close to OEM? Or is Air tool hose fine to use?

Much appreciated
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Re: New chicken loop hosing

Postby Pemba » Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:08 am

ArneB wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:57 am
Hi,

Need some new hosing for my chicken loop.

Searched the forum and found that some use polyurethane hose that car shops use for their air tools.
Seems like a good option, but have doubts about the durability.

Did anyone have any luck in sourcing a material that is close to OEM? Or is Air tool hose fine to use?

Much appreciated
I've used fuelhose in the past, might have actually been air hose,not sure they would distinguish here (Mozambique). Seems to hold up fine. If you want I can send a photograph to get a better idea of the material. It might very well be PU like you said, it's not rubber.

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Re: New chicken loop hosing

Postby Herman » Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:48 pm

Many years ago I used to use polyurethane tubing for full on windsurfing harness lines and it stood up to the wear and tear really well. In fact the rope (probably polyester, certainly not dyneema) used to break before the tubing. I occasionally managed to catch the boom before the load broke the tube after the internal line had snapped.

Sorry I can't remember the wall thickness I used to use but I would think polyurethane air hose would be a good bet and it would be what I would use for a chicken loop. I would be more concerned about the integrity of the load line beneath the tubing as the tubing is probably there to take the abrasion rather than the load!

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Re: New chicken loop hosing

Postby edt » Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:19 pm

nylon tubing is strongest you can get some from a plastic supplier. polyurethane, air hose, etc will wear out much quicker (it's about 10 times softer than OEM). Make sure that after you pull the line thru that it stays in place and doesn't slide around inside the tube (I usually use a little bit of tape around the middle of line to thicken the diameter of the line so it stays in place). if it's too loose inside the tubing that can cause wear.

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Re: New chicken loop hosing

Postby Windigo1 » Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:25 pm

I bought polyurethane hose on eBay that's what the chicken loops are made of and it worked fine it lasted as long as the original stuff.

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Re: New chicken loop hosing

Postby Herman » Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:02 pm

Edt has a good point

Having had a quick scan of properties nylon may well be better than polyurethane as it is likely to have greater resistance to cracking from repeated flexing. Both are abrasion resistance and I would be happy with either. Now, for me it would depend on price and availability, but all things being equal I would go for nylon.

The exception might be if I was making a small tight radius loop.

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Re: New chicken loop hosing

Postby Herman » Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:37 pm

Literally just come off the water. Been using a Kiss chicken loop. Tubing printed with "12x8mm polyurethane tubing".

I like these, relatively cheap and standing up very well after at least a season of heavy use.

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Re: New chicken loop hosing

Postby ArneB » Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:08 am

Cheers guys

Ordered some polyurethane (PTFE/Teflon) tubing & some Nylon tubing.
Will revert back with results.

Ps. I am using 4mm spliced dyneema (2000KG), than I use my floor jack to pull the line trough the tubing. So the line should not break or rub inside the tubing.


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