Modern engines are not only engineering marvels, they can also be an expression of who you are as an individual. Any vehicle enthusiast knows that what’s under their hood is often an extension of themselves and the vehicle they have spent time and money on customizing. From custom finishes to full custom builds, there are some amazing ways to create a one-of-a-kind look under the hood of your marvelous machine. Unfortunately, there are a few bits and pieces, like radiator hose clamps, that haven’t really advanced in years — decades even.
But we wanted to change all that. We knew these types of details can be the perfect finishing touch on your custom engine. Today, we wanted to offer you a little insight into why we think you should choose custom hose clamps from TKO Clamping Systems for your next customization project.
Traditional clamps are both ugly and cumbersome to use. For example, spring-style radiator hose clamps require the removal of your radiator hose before you can even think about installing them. Banded clamps are a little bit better, but while they offer custom fitting without the need to remove the hose, they are also difficult and cumbersome by their very nature. As anyone who has installed one can tell you, they require many, many turns of the tightening/loosening screw in order to be installed or removed. Neither of these traditional designs offers simple use, and they’re a far cry from being aesthetically pleasing.
That’s why the minds behind TKO Clamping Systems decided that hose clamps were in need of a major redesign, not just in aesthetics, but in function as well. As far as aesthetics are concerned, our custom hose clamps are crafted from high-quality aluminum — which won’t rust or corrode like other metals — and feature beautiful, anodized colors with a polished finish that looks great in your engine compartment. Some of the beautiful colors we have available are:
In addition to great looks, each of your custom clamps can also include Customized Engraving with a variety of fonts and clip art. This allows you to create truly personalized clamps with one-of-a-kind specialization. And, they are custom fitted to your exact specifications, with no unsightly tails or tightening screws — but more about that later.
Our design team wasn’t interested in just creating custom hose clamps that look great, however. Instead, they had the express desire of creating a hose clamp that would work better than any other clamp system on the market — and look great doing it! When we started out on this journey, we didn’t want to create hose clamps that were just a little bit better than what was available previously. No, we wanted to create something that would completely revolutionize the industry. And we think you’ll like what we came up with, because our clamps look great while offering you secure connections and simple, easy installation.
Let’s take a look at just a few of the ways that our clamps are light years ahead of the competition.
As you can see, a lot of thought and planning went into the creation of our flagship product, and we’ve had some people try to tell us that our clamps are overbuilt for the kind of pressures that are present in vehicle hoses. But we wouldn’t have it any other way. We’re passionate about what we do, and we can confidently guarantee that our clamps will get the job done — no matter what that job is.
In essence, we wanted to make sure that you would be able to have the perfect, custom look you’ve been looking for, right down to the smallest detail. To that end, we want to help you create the exact, custom appearance that you have been searching for. Therefore, we will strive to make sure that you get the perfect custom clamps that will help make any idea you might have a reality. Together, we believe that we can take the look of your motor from where it currently is to where you want it to be.
Don’t settle for cheap, unattractive clamps that are difficult to use. Instead, let us help you get clamps that are precisely fitted, look great, and are incredibly user friendly. Remember: our premium clamps are designed for people who love their cars, trucks, boats, and other toys, and think that they are important enough to deserve the very best.
Generally speaking, our clamps are used by engine enthusiasts to make their Hot Rods, Show Cars, Motorcycles, or other custom vehicles stand out from the crowd. The difference between a good custom engine and a great custom engine is often in the details, and our custom clamps can help create a one-of-a-kind look that goes all the way down to the hose connections. Each of our clamps are custom fitted so that they not only look great, they provide you with a perfect fit that will work better than any traditional stock clamp available.
In order to make sure that your clamps fit perfectly, you will need to use a measuring tape or micrometer to determine both the width and the height of the hose or hoses you will be using our clamps on. Of course, a micrometer will provide more precise readings, resulting in more precisely fitted clamps.
With the hose properly placed, you will use the micrometer to measure the part of the hose where the clamp will be installed. Also, the micrometer should be snug, but not pinching the hose during measurement. These measurements will tell you what the inside diameter and sealing rib need to be milled to for your custom clamps. Our team can make clamps with any inside diameter ranging from 5/8″ thick to 2-1/2″ thick. If you have further questions about custom fitting, see our measurement guide.
Of course, our clamps can be custom fitted and used for a wide range of purposes beyond their original design. Some of the alternative applications we offer custom clamps for include:
TKO Clamping Systems is a clamp company based in Pocatello, Idaho. We’re a group of people who are passionate about what we do. Our revolutionary, new hose clamp design sprang from our desire to improve both the appearance and function of these omnipresent clamps. We also wanted to help car enthusiasts to rid themselves of the ever persistent frustrations that are so common when dealing with the technically challenged — and unattractive — models that were previously available.
We think you’ll agree that our TKO hose clamps look great and work like a charm. The patented design of our clamps allows vehicle enthusiasts to use custom machined clamps to improve the look of their custom engine design.