There are a lot of rubber hoses on motorcycles. If you ever find yourself working on water-cooled machines you may, at some point, need to remove or replace coolant hoses. Likewise, vent hoses and intake hoses abound on any bike. There are times we need to remove those hoses, often they’re re-usable and we’d prefer not to destroy them in the process.

Naturally, tools specific to this effort exist, and they are useful and inexpensive.

Hooks? Sharp Hooks.

Meet the Hose Removal Hook set. I should say, first, that these are as sharp as they look and if you are not extremely careful they can cause you grievous injury. Take note of “line of fire” when you’re using these hooks. If they slip off the component you’re working on, will they hit thin air, or some soft part of your person?

When you can’t remove a coolant hose but you don’t want to wreck it…

The hooks come in a set (some two, or three, or sometimes four) because of the array of angles and tight spots you will sometimes find the hoses on your bike. After you remove the hose clamp, often the hose is stuck to its mount point and your efforts to remove it can often end in “screw it, I’m cutting this hose off.”

Before you resort to destruction, try the hooks. Usually, the rubber material of the hose has cemented itself to the metal mount point after years of contact, and it just needs a little persuasion. Especially when it comes to coolant hoses, which see a lot of temperature fluctuation. Rubber on hot metal for a lot of years tends to fuse itself in place. The sharp end of the hook can pry the rubber up without deforming it too much, and ease the removal of a stuck coolant hose.

Smaller hoses in smaller spaces sometimes need a little more leverage than you can accomplish with your fingers.

Pliers Instead?

For smaller hoses, a set of hose pliers can sneak into tight spots where you can’t fit your fingers, or get a good grip on the hose itself. Instead of cross-handle traditional pliers, these open when you squeeze the handle and help pry a small hose off its mounting nipple without damaging either side.

Sneak the fingers of the pliers between the end of the hose and the motorcycle part and squeeze…

Sometimes they’re sided. Sometimes they’re just metal fingers. If you’re up against anything delicate you can certainly wrap the fingers with electrical tape to prevent marring.

Now go get to working off the stuck (but NLA) hoses on that project bike you’ve been ignoring.

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