Every time I’m at the auto parts store I leave a puddle of drool after gawking at the awesome heat sleeving that I just can’t justify putting on my ride. That said I can’t wait for a reason to prod myself into spending the green and lining the hoses under the hood with some of the stuff.
Flexo Pet is braided monofilament made from PolyEthylene Terephthalate — otherwise known as “that crap you can’t possibly pronounce” — a material that can withstand continuous operating temperatures of -103 degrees F to 257 degrees F, which puts it squarely into range of most automotive engine bay applications. Did I mention it looks uber-sweet when all the hoses under the hood are decked with the stuff? It’s easy to install; the only trick is that you cut it with a heat knife.
The more practical side — as if there’s really any need for one — is that it retains its properties in extreme temperature environments and won’t degrade in fluids or solvents (like anti-freeze) if you should happen to spring a leak.
Street Pricing starts at around 35 cents a foot. It’s cheaper the more you buy, of course.
Street Pricing [Froogle]