Stainless Steel Coolant Pipe Set [2WD - 2.1 Cooling]
This stainless steel coolant pipe set replaces the obsolete plastic coolant pipes on all 1986-91 2WD Vanagons. The original plastic pipes were one-piece and ran continuously from the radiator up front to the engine in the back. These stainless steel pipes are 2-piece which not only makes them easier to install, but a whole lot less costly to ship!
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:
• Replacement stainless steel pipes
• Hose and clamps needed to couple the two-piece pipes together*
*You will need to cut the provided, formed hose into three pieces as shown in the product photo, the two short pieces are used to couple the pipes together, and the remaining formed section connects the inner, rear pipe to the thermostat housing.
Note for Automatic Trans: If you have an automatic transmission, you MUST order the 251-121-397SSAT kit, unless you have our A/T Cooler Kit.
Installation is 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.
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. 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.