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Octopus

Post by Phil Brook » Wed May 28, 2014 2:04 pm

Does anyone know where if at all I can get a new octopus? My mechanic has treid but no luck and so is having to repair the existing with new tubing. Trouble is one leak gets fixed and another springs out. The car has been mainly off the road for about 9 months- could inactivity hasten the dreaded rubber rot!!
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Re: Octopus

Post by mat_fenwick » Wed May 28, 2014 2:15 pm

Where has he tried? People have been getting them from dealers fairly recently, but it often helps if you give them the part number.
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Re: Octopus

Post by Stinkwheel » Wed May 28, 2014 3:22 pm

Citroen dealers should be able to help if you give them the part number as Mat rightly said, another option is to phone chevronics, as i believe they have them in stock at around 63 quid plus postage.
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Re: Octopus

Post by Way2go » Wed May 28, 2014 4:09 pm

If you're enquiring by description it's probably best not to ask for octopus to the uninitiated, but 'leak back harness' which is the name given by GSF and other factors.
They used to be available for £27 from GSF but are no longer listed online. I'm not sure whether the rubber quality on these is/was better than the appalling quality of the rubber of their strut returns. :?
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Re: Octopus

Post by mat_fenwick » Wed May 28, 2014 4:57 pm

Good point about Chevronics - they mentioned they had a batch in (picture from Facebook) on the 12th May!

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Re: Octopus

Post by Defender110 » Wed May 28, 2014 5:27 pm

I'll have that one in the middle!
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Re: Octopus

Post by citsncycles » Wed May 28, 2014 5:58 pm

Good, cos I was going to go for the 2 on the right
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Re: Octopus

Post by Phil Brook » Wed May 28, 2014 8:39 pm

Thanks all I should have remembered Rob Moss
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Re: Octopus

Post by Tinkley » Wed May 28, 2014 9:29 pm

The GSF ones were actually OK, in genuine Citroen bags and Made in Poland. I got one for about £12 as they were binning them at the time - 2010 I think, maybe 11.

Unlike the Spanish made front strut returns grrrrrrrrr.

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Re: Octopus

Post by rutter123 » Wed May 28, 2014 11:41 pm

Also known as a back harness on parts listings.
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Re: Octopus

Post by citronut » Thu May 29, 2014 8:36 am

rutter123 wrote:Also known as a back harness on parts listings.
oil back harness :twisted: :roll: #-o :wink:

here is Rob's ebay listing


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151183081523? ... EBIDX%3AIT

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Re: Octopus

Post by David » Thu May 29, 2014 10:54 am

When mine broke, I made one.
I measured the diameter of the pipes (there were 3 different sizes from what I remember), Ordered some "oil & fuel hoses" in the appropriate sizes on Ebay, Then ordered some 'T' & 'Y' connectors & plugged everything together. Some of the pipes that needed to go together were the different diameters so I soaked them in hot water so they would go on the connectors. I can't remember if there were 2 or 3 different pipe circuits (your original octopus will tell you that).

So far it seems to be holding up well.
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Re: Octopus

Post by B-Hive » Thu May 29, 2014 12:13 pm

what about

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Re: Octopus

Post by Defender110 » Thu May 29, 2014 1:31 pm

I thought we had decided there were 2 or 3 different types of octopus dependant on year / power steering etc?
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Re: Octopus

Post by Stinkwheel » Fri May 30, 2014 9:35 am

Defender110 wrote:I thought we had decided there were 2 or 3 different types of octopus dependant on year / power steering etc?

Thats very true, although i believe only the late RP numbers octopus is available now, if you have a non -PAS car themn its a case of plugging up one line.
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