This stainless steel coolant pipe set replaces the obsolete plastic coolant pipes on all 1986-91 2WD Vanagons. Back when the 025-121-062E cooling hose was unavailable, we manufactured this coolant pipe set to "include" the section of (unavailable) -062E hose. Now that the hose is readily available (see link below to get yours!), we're back to the OE design (but in improved stainless steel!).
Fits: All 1986-91 2100cc cooling systems, and 1983-85 1900cc cooling systems that have been updated with our 2.1 Cooling System Conversion.
Pipe set includes:
• (4) Replacement stainless steel pipes
• (2) Coupling boots
• (4) Clamps
NOTE: If you have an automatic transmission, you MUST order the 251-121-397SSAT kit, unless you have our A/T cooler kit.
Installation is pretty straightforward and no special tools are required (but it is a bit messy and kind of a pain). On a scale of one to ten—ten being the most difficult—this job is about a 7.5.
You will need to drop your fuel tank for the install, so grab your Bentley Repair Manual and prepare yourself for this rather unpleasant step. If you have not resealed your fuel tank in the recent past, this is a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. Our fuel tank reseal kit can be purchased separately below.
Next, remove the four hose clamps that hold the hoses onto the pipes, disconnect the hoses, remove the two wire clips and/or hose clamps securing the pipes to the body, and remove the old pipes. Lay out the four new stainless steel pipe pieces next to the old pipes, and it will be very clear which piece goes where. Join the pipe halves together with new clamps and connection hoses, and install. Make sure to re-attach the rear clip and/or hose clamp, zip ties, and install the old hoses with the new clamps provided--that's it. One tip: Use a little bit of liquid dish soap at all hose-to-pipe connections (NOT grease or oil), and don't tighten any of the hose clamps until all are in place and lightly secured. This will allow you to move the pipes around as needed for best fit.