SEMA 2015: Jiffy-tite Quick Disconnect AN Fittings

Plumbing any special car can be a tedious, and expensive task. When it comes to race cars, it is not uncommon to have a significant investment (more than $1,000) in hose end fittings. Everything, including oil, fuel, water, and more may have AN lines.

Jiffy-tite has revolutionized the options and alternatives to traditional AN fittings. By introducing its quick-disconnect fittings, the company has opened up the possibilities for fitting re-use, and ease of service on vehicles whose plumbing is frequently disassembled, such as race cars.

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Duane LaFleur of Jiffy-tite gave us the scoop on the theory and construction behind their Pro Compact series of fittings.

IMG_3662“Our Pro Compact series is a quick-disconnect fitting, and it still has all of our features of no stripping, no cross-threading, no over-tightening, no tools needed, but it comes with no valve in it and is 100 percent flow through,” said LaFleur. The Pro Compact series of fittings is available in sizes from -4AN (1/4-inch), up to -20AN (1 1/4-inch) in black or gold anodizing.

Occupying the same space as a traditional AN fitting means that the Pro Compact series is a direct replacement for an existing plumbing fitting. Jiffy-tite fittings are available with color-coded seal compatibility. Because different fluids may adversely affect the rubber seals in a fitting, Jiffy-tite formulates different seals for different applications.

A green fluorocarbon seal is used in fittings intended for water, oil, gasoline, diesel, E85, and transmission fluid.

A blue nitrile seal is intended for alcohol fuel, and a black seal for methanol, and nitromethane.

The next time you are cringing at re-using an AN fitting, and risking a compromised seal due to stretched threads, consider Jiffy-tite.

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Trevor Anderson

Trevor Anderson comes from an eclectic background of technical and creative disciplines. His first racing love can be found in the deserts of Baja California. In 2012 he won the SCORE Baja 1000 driving solo from Ensenada to La Paz in an aircooled VW. Trevor is engaged with hands-on skill sets such as fabrication and engine building, but also the theoretical discussion of design and technology. Trevor has a private pilot's license and is pursuing an MFA in fine art - specifically researching the aesthetics of machines, high performance materials and their social importance to enthusiast culture.
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