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Old 04-09-2008, 08:48 AM
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Aside from the dealer, what do you guys use for the vacuum lines off the tee? I have two pretty tight u-turns, and one right angle piece for the fuel pressure reg, the original hoses were not usable. Right now, I bent some copper tubing and painted it black for these tight turns, then connected it with fresh hoses.. Certainly does not look stock, but the local dealer says they don't have these anymore, everyone just uses generic vacuum hose, which will work, but I'm wanting stock. Thanks, Mike
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You could look for originals in a salvage yard, but they will most likely be as bad as your originals. After so many years and hot/cold cycles the plastic gets brittle and useless.
If you can bear to depart from the stock look you could find replacements in most major auto parts stores in the red bubble pack Help line. They may even be close enough to stock that no one would really notice.
I have taken some liberties with the vacuum hose routing on my 1990 LE and eliminated some of the rigid hoses replacing them with slightly longer rubber or rigid fittings pirated from other cars. But then, I don't really care what it looks like as long as I keep getting 36 mpg.
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I don't think you'll have much luck finding stock vacuum line replacements. Many here have used the silicon vacuum line sets that can be purchased most places and online. These are often silicone sets that work and look great, but are not stock.

Here'* one of many offering silicone hoses for vacuum line replacement:
http://www.paragonperformance.com/Silicone%20hose.html

In truth, unless your bent painted copper lines look bad, you may be best to leave them as is.
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