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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-22-2000, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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Just wanting some opinions on brake lines. Anybody with an SPOA or Calmini 5" combo lift,do you have a preference or an opinion on longer than stock brakelines? Thanks.

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Re: Steel Braided or Rubber

The thing I didn't like about the braided hoses is that the ends don't fit the bracket very well.Also,on my Calmini 5" suspension the extended hoses rubbed on the front tires at full lock.I ended up relocating the front hose brackets to
the bump stop extensions and using stock rubber hoses.In the back I used some longer Napa rubber hoses.


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Re: Steel Braided or Rubber

I have had both rubber & stainless brake hoses. Brake pedal was a little spongy with the longer rubber lines but still adequate. Stainless are quite firm. I zip-tied small springs to the lines to keep them pulled back out of the way, and it lets them extend when they need to.

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Tim J-- Do your brake lines fit as well as stock? I'm looking for some to run with a Calmini S/R and 3" National springs. I went through the brake catalog at NAPA and the only rubber lines I could find were about 8" longer than stock front and rear. I think about 4" or 5" longer than stock would be perfect.

Rollerskate-- What NAPA number brake line did you use in the rear? Did you have to bend your hard lines in the front to mount them so you could use stock length brake lines?

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Re: Steel Braided or Rubber

If i can find the part number for the rear hoses I'll post it tomorrow.Yes I
did bend the steel brake lines down in front to relocate the brackets.


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Re: Steel Braided or Rubber

Here are the napa part numbers from the ones I used. 38347 and 38541 Don't know what they are for. I got the numbers from Brent at Trail Tough a few months ago.
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Re: Steel Braided or Rubber

Well,
I did a Toyota axle swap, and have the braided lines on them so that probably won't apply to your rig, but I've heard that some stainless lines won't fit the stock Sam brackets very well. The rubber lines I had on my Samurai axles didn't fit too well, but I never had one come loose. I dug in the parts catalog just like you're doing to find them-- no clue about the part number, but they were longer than needed (but were on the shelf).

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