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#4047280 - 02/13/20 12:49 PM Upper Radiator Hose Product Question
66lincoln Offline

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Loc: Arizona
For my 2004 MGM, RockAuto has several upper radiator hoses.

The Motorcraft hose is $52.

Other options are:
ACDELCO #24543L $9
GATES #22994 $9
Continental #62926 $10
DAYCO #77287 $10
Continental #62926HT, blue extreme molded, for police package $15

Any reason why the Motorcraft hose is so expensive compared to the others? It seems excessive as the upper hose is so basic.

Thanks.
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#4047282 - 02/13/20 01:17 PM Re: Upper Radiator Hose Product Question [Re: 66lincoln]
Davidzq Offline
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Everything Motorcraft is more expensive, though they tend to be much higher quality.
In this case though, I'd say it doesn't really matter.

You could also visit your local junkyard and find some blue silicone hoses from a 03-11 p71. They are a lifetime material, don't degrade/rot out like the rubber.
They were a factory option, so not all p71s have them, but it's a very common option.
Might as well get the full set while you're at it!


Edited by Davidzq (02/13/20 01:17 PM)
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#4047284 - 02/13/20 01:23 PM Re: Upper Radiator Hose Product Question [Re: 66lincoln]
2011LX Offline
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Registered: 08/31/13
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Loc: Oak Creek, WI
Gates and Dayco are the biggest contractors for the auto manufacturers.

I prefer Gates.
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#4047346 - 02/14/20 09:55 AM Re: Upper Radiator Hose Product Question [Re: 66lincoln]
AlleyG Offline
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I would go Motorcraft all the way. Ford used a high quality EPDM material that in my experience, lasts a lot longer than a "insert random parts store name here" hose.

Shop around a little at "legitimate" online Ford parts places. But not "Fordpartsgiant", lol!

A lot of the Ford hoses come with clamps already locked and loaded, glued to the hose. That's the way to go. The factory clamps are much wide than "worm" clamps.

Al
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#4047348 - 02/14/20 10:21 AM Re: Upper Radiator Hose Product Question [Re: 66lincoln]
Old_Guy_Stu Offline

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Loc: Cleveland, OH
If the Motorcraft hoses are the same ones they used originally, I'd go with them as well. But with the cars out of production, does Motorcraft still make them? More likely they're rebranded Gates or Dayco.

FWIW, my car still had the assembly-line hoses on it when I brought it home last year, and they were still good after 31 years. No signs of cracking, swelling or rot. I did replace them just because, but they used damn good hoses at the factory.
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#4047350 - 02/14/20 10:43 AM Re: Upper Radiator Hose Product Question [Re: 66lincoln]
TheCableGuy Offline
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If there is one close to your location, just got to a junk yard. You’ll see those nice blue hoses on allot of the interceptors(at least in my yard they got em). My junk yard charges 3 bucks a hose. I haven’t grabbed any yet because right before I bought my Vic, the hoses were all recently replaced with ACDelco so I haven’t bothered with it yet.
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#4047352 - 02/14/20 12:55 PM Re: Upper Radiator Hose Product Question [Re: Old_Guy_Stu]
2011LX Offline
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Originally Posted By Old_Guy_Stu
But with the cars out of production, does Motorcraft still make them? More likely they're rebranded Gates or Dayco.


There is no Motorcraft Hose Factory. Whether an OE hose or a Motorcraft replacement, all Motorcraft hoses are produced by someone else and rebranded, likely Gates or Dayco.
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#4047354 - 02/14/20 01:36 PM Re: Upper Radiator Hose Product Question [Re: TheCableGuy]
AlleyG Offline
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Originally Posted By TheCableGuy
If there is one close to your location, just got to a junk yard. You’ll see those nice blue hoses on allot of the interceptors


Those are the silicone hoses that are considered lifetime. It was a $300 option on the CVPI when the car was new.

Al
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#4047382 - 02/14/20 05:37 PM Re: Upper Radiator Hose Product Question [Re: 66lincoln]
Lance01 Offline
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Posts: 329
Loc: Pa
Personally I would go with the Continental. That's what I went with. 15 bucks for new xtreme EPDM rubber is hard to beat.

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#4047426 - 02/14/20 11:26 PM Re: Upper Radiator Hose Product Question [Re: 66lincoln]
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Gates usually fit pretty well in my experience. Dayco makes really nice hoses but on more than one occasion I've gotten them and they weren't shaped quite right causing fitment issues. Only once had it bad enough where I couldn't use it, but, I'd still go with Gates or Continental given the choice. All of them are good EDPM rubber and should provide a good service life.
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#4047456 - 02/15/20 11:04 AM Re: Upper Radiator Hose Product Question [Re: 66lincoln]
2007CrownVic Offline
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I wouldn't pay that difference for the motorcraft hose. Gates, Dayco and AC delco are good. Like what's already been said Motorcraft is made by one of those anyway same for AC Delco.
Why not just buy locally? They're still cheap priced and hasn't spent years on a shelf like most Rockauto ones.

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