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Old August 9th, 2009, 07:36 PM
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Default Idea: Washing a KM hose.

Sorry for the rambling but -

A KM hose is essentially composed of leather and metal coils. Even with a blow dryer, washing a KM will ruin the leather and quickly rust the coils.

There are several 100% organic oils/solvents on the market that are used for misc. lubrication and cleaning applications. A mix of these could possibly clean the hose without damaging the leather or metal coil. Oils would not be harmful to the leather in small amounts, and the organic solvents would clean the coils. Ideas?

Another idea. Washed my bike today with the Mr. Clean self-drying car wash system. After looking into how the system works, there is a wafer that the water runs through that deionizes the water. Deionized water itself dries much quicker than standard tap or filtered water. Could deionized water be used to clean the KM hoses due to it's rapidly increased drying capabilities (we're talking about a vehicle being completely dry in a matter of seconds/one minute)?

Just throwing stuff out there. Has anyone experimented with this?
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Old August 9th, 2009, 08:22 PM
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Default Re: Idea: Washing a KM hose.

Can't say I've tried or thought about it much, the simplicity of buying a washable hose has always out weighted the effort trying to clean a leather one. However you might be on to something, it would be an interesting thing to try with a hose you don't plan on using anymore (I'm sure a lot of people have old leather hoses that they don't use)
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Old August 9th, 2009, 09:36 PM
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Default Re: Idea: Washing a KM hose.

all the leather cleaners are conditioning the leathers, while that could help the hose i wouldnt be to keen on smoking with it after that due to anything that will off gas

i think non washable hoses just are one of those consumables and the effort going into to trying to clean them just is not as efficient as just buying a new one.

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Old August 10th, 2009, 02:57 AM
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Default Re: Idea: Washing a KM hose.

just get a washable hose. problem solved.

or use some of the methods to clean unwashable hoses.
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Old August 10th, 2009, 04:02 AM
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Default Re: Idea: Washing a KM hose.

i rarely ever use my km i keep it for a back up just cause its not washable. buy a washable one for 20 bucks and call it a day.
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Old August 10th, 2009, 06:24 AM
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Default Re: Idea: Washing a KM hose.

the problem with KM hoses is not just the leather. The handle on the KM hoses is made of something like cardboard which would fall appart if water goes through it
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Old August 11th, 2009, 05:07 PM
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Default Re: Idea: Washing a KM hose.

i remember an old post on here where they ripped a KM apart and it was just a bunch of magazine paper rolled up lololol.
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