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Hose barb vs AN fittings

Looking for opinions form those who have used AN fittings for their IC cooling system. Is it worth the $200 plus cost over a conventional barb fitting setup? It seems a bit overkill for a street car with fairly low cooling temps and pressures.


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Donít know if itís worth it, but my builder/tuner recommended it. I say do it once, and do it right.
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I love them. Iím always messing with my stuff and an fittings allow easy disconnect and reconnect. You can source cheap ones on eBay, wonít be anywhere near 200$

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I love them. Iím always messing with my stuff and an fittings allow easy disconnect and reconnect. You can source cheap ones on eBay, wonít be anywhere near 200$
The $200 is probably to fit AN fittings to the brick. I wish I would have had mine done prior to the install. If for nothing more than aesthetics. I like the look and 90 degree fittings would be nice. I still need to find a source for 90 degree 5/8 quick connects (that are not made by Dorman) and donít cost $60 like the ones here: https://lsa-conversion-store.myshopi...quick-connects

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The $200 is probably to fit AN fittings to the brick. I wish I would have had mine done prior to the install. If for nothing more than aesthetics. I like the look and 90 degree fittings would be nice. I still need to find a source for 90 degree 5/8 quick connects (that are not made by Dorman) and donít cost $60 like the ones here: https://lsa-conversion-store.myshopi...quick-connects

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This is different but yet still the same. About 15 years ago, I decided I was going to do every vacuum line on my DSM in AN/steel braided lines. It was a considerable cost and people said it was silly, not needed. Well I loved it, I never had any vacuum/boost leaks from those areas and it was so easy to service. Guess what, not long later some others started doing the same. I did it again later on another dsm but used pushlock/an lines and fittings to save some weight and money.
I like the fittings and think it is worth it.
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I'm going to do AN fittings on my car.

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So it sounds like the consensus is AN.

The $200 figure I was using was for 6 connections I need and the hoses. Each connection requires NPT to AN adapter then the hose fittings. I wasnít even figuring in the cost of converting the IC brick to AN.

That said, I was considering Russell bran but they are like $35 for one AN-12 to 1/2Ē NPT 90 fitting. I know there are a bunch of china knockoff brands out there and want to avoid junk. Any suggestions on a brand you have used and trust outside Russell?


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AN for the win... looks much cleaner as well. MJD Performance pretty much insists on this and I support.

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I've run hundreds of thousands of supercharged miles. Work trucks and play toys alike. All of them with PD blowers and front mounted air/coolant heat exchangers. One even had a rear mounted h/e in series with the front one. Some fairly aggressive coolant pumps too. The next failure I have attributable to hose barbs will be the first.

Wanting the AN fittings for looks I can understand. They look awesome. I think it's totally unnecessary from a reliability standpoint though. I think it's much more important to route and protect those hoses properly.
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