Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA
It sounds like you did everything right!
They should snap together and hold snugly. The hoses will need to be flexed a bit to get them together, as they are cut to be 'At Rest' in the coupled position (see attached photo). You do have to 'stretch' them to connect / disconnect. If they look aligned AND don't leak...well, they are okay!
The original QDs (see attached photo) are the same length as the replacements. So, that is not an issue.
The proper positioning and tightening of the access hole cover certainly has some bearing on the hose position, but, if you were very careful and lined up the arrows, all is well.
John's recommendation on lightly oiling the o-rings is standard procedure. Not just for ease of installation and a better seal, but also, to help keep them from drying out.
I have had my metal QDs on for 25K, never a drip. But, I also had the OEM QDs on for 25K with out a problem!
Keep your old QDs in your tool bag as a back-up for you or a friend!
J. Averill Townsend
Bloomfield Hills, MI
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