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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-01-2001, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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whos brave enough to make their own brake lines??

I was planning on making my own hard brake lines for sure but then i took my old ones off and they are really complicated. I know people on this board have made their own so what are the tricks? I want to make sure i get it right, and i would prefer to go with stainless lines. Thanks- Tim

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Re: whos brave enough to make their own brake lines??

Good luck double flaring stainless. The lines must be double flared to hold, which isn't a problem with the right tool. Stainless is hard to double flare, almost impossible, so I'd just go with regular or shell out the $$$ for the premade stainless.

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Re: whos brave enough to make their own brake lines??

I just posted this same thing for a/c lines, I'm pretty sure a shop that makes and repairs hydraulic lines can make these for a fraction of over the counter.I know they can make the a/c lines.

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Re: whos brave enough to make their own brake lines??

When I was in the process of redoing the brake lines on the Willys I just bought straight pieces of regular metal brake lines.
Of course some of them were too long so I had to modify them.
The only tool needed were a pipe cutter and a flaring tool.
This flaring tool is great and in the past 9 months I have had no leaks so far so I am assuming the tool works well.
I never have tried flaring stainless, but flaring regular brake lines was easy enough, so if you are doing this yourself I would go with regular lines.
Besides, the regular lines shouldn't rot away for 30 years or so.

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Re: whos brave enough to make their own brake lines??

I don't think you need to double flare s/s lines, if I remember right they are single flare at around 37 deg, s/s will crack and split if you double it.
Ask the parts salesman, if he is any good he will know, and be able to supply you the right tools.

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Re: whos brave enough to make their own brake lines??

That would suck to loose brakes on the trail. But I think it could suck even more on the freeway doing 65[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img]

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Re: whos brave enough to make their own brake lines??

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I made my own on the CJ and also replaced half the brake lines on the Bronco II. I do draw the line at felxible line from the hard break line to the wheel cylinder of the caliper assembly. That I buy.

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Re: whos brave enough to make their own brake lines??

So i need a tube cutter, a flare tool, and a tube bender right? Or can i skip the tubing bender if i get annealed or doubled annealed tubing? thanks- Tim

BTW- about a month ago someone noticed that the "new" Hamerite flaked easy. Has anyone had any problems with the new formula they use?

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get a Good cutter and a cheapo bender. I like to use a little more material in the dbl. flare than most flare kits recommend...try to save a factory flare to check your work against. Always keep your mind on the tube you are bending, you need to remember up/down right/left parallel/perpendicular, it sounds simple, but it's easy to screw-up ...I like to mount the flare tool in a vise, so I can get good leverage, Take your time, it aint a spaceship, but you should be able to do a better looking job than most mechanics. When your done mash the pedal and hold it down, if it leaks fix it, if not, move on and don't give it a second thought.

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Re: whos brave enough to make their own brake lines??

You might want to look in to Ferulock fittings from Parker Hannifin. They eliminate the need for flaring. They're expensive but as far as I'm concerned, they're well worth the added cost.

They come in steel and s/s flavors and will handle the pressure with ease.

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