Brown & Miller makes building your own hoses easy with their innovative reusable hose fittings
It is a simple fact in racing if you can make a component lighter without sacrificing durability you are almost always going to be better off. That’s definitely true for the plumbing in your race car, which helps explain why lightweight hoses have become so popular.
One of the leaders in motorsports when it comes to lightweight high-performance plumbing is Brown & Miller Racing Solutions. Unlike many other companies in the plumbing market, Brown & Miller produces all of its own hoses and fittings specifically for racing and high-performance motorsports. Much of the company’s business is in NASCAR Cup and Formula 1 racing, but more and more dirt racers are utilizing their ultra high quality hoses and fittings on their cars.
In the last issue of OneDirt Magazine, we took at look at the unique construction of Brown & Miller’s lightweight hoses and crimped fittings. But we understand that for many racers operating essentially out of their own pockets, lightweight plumbing–even though it is a real advantage on the track–can be quite an investment. That’s one of the reasons why many prefer to go with reusable hose-end fittings: If anything changes or a hose gets damaged, you can simply remove the fitting and install it on a new hose.
Brown & Miller’s reusable hose end fittings are interesting because the design is quite unique. Most fittings marketed to racers use a design that bites into the hose. Because all of Brown & Miller’s lightweight hoses utilize a convoluted hose, they were able to engineer a three-piece reusable hose fitting that “threads” onto the hose before locking down, making the process of installing the fittings much easier while ensuring you will also get a good, strong connection.
The unique system is difficult to explain, so check out the process of installing fittings on a various hoses in these photos, and you’ll see what we mean.