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Earlier in this report we mentioned using Koul Tools for simple placement of hose ends on braided hose. With the Earl’s line, the tools aren’t mandatory for hose-end installation, but we do recommend using Royal Purple’s Tuff Lube on fittings before mating them with your hoses. Using lubricant prevents threads from binding as the hose-end/fitting union gets closer to final, and makes the process go a lot smoother than if the parts are joined dry. With cutter-style (versus single-nipple) fittings, the end of the fitting actually bites into the rubber jacket inside the hose, making its connection with the hose end more secure.