Found some old pics of my old hose and the fix. My problem was partially due to the vehicle having a body lift. That stretched the old air intake hose, with the dry rot being the weak point. But any normally handling of old rubber can create a similar failure. I used a series of silicone tube pieces with couplings to create a new hose assembly that wasn't under stress from the body being lifted a few inches higher. Not applicable to your scenario. But the new hose system works just as good as stock...

Bad hose:

[Linked Image]

The fix:

[Linked Image]


1997 Sportage 4x4, auto-trans, Warn manual hubs, 4" UPYOURKIA front lift, TJ 106AA rear springs, 2-5/8" body lift, 31x10.50 treads, SmittyBilt SRC front and XRC rear bumper, swing-out tire mount, OBX LSD front diff, Track Finder rear locker, 5.38 R&Ps and... really crappy gas mileage! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shiner.gif" alt="" />