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Some things you should know about Inline Tube before ordering!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Cavalry, Sep 25, 2001.

  1. Cavalry

    Cavalry 1/2 ton status

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    I just bought $400 of "stainless" brake lines from Inline Tube. I was under the impression that I was ordering complete stainless tubing and flex sets from them. What arrived looked nice except all the fittings (even on SS flex hoses) are cad plated steel. I called up and talked to someone in charge, he spouted about the corrosion resistance of cad plated steel and how I dint really need stainless fittings! No where I have found in their online catalog does it mention that their stainless kits are really a hodgepodge of materials. I bought this with the intention of never having to replace line or fittings because they were rusted on. I guess we will see how long they last.

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    Sounds like deceptive advertising to me if they are sold as Stainless (which is a type of steel) not "corrosion resistant" or "plated steel" which would indicate what they actually are. For $400 I'd be pretty pissed too!



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    I had a bad time with those guys a few years ago, customer service was horrible. Sorry to hear they have not changed their tune.
     
  4. Cavalry

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    The $400 included 5 SS flex hoses and the SS lines. Hopefully the bends are all in the right places so they might redeem themselvs a little. Certainly some of the worst customer service I have dealt with.

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    Why not send them back and try out <a target="_blank" href=http://classictube.com>classictube.com</a>?

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    Speedway Motors is suppose to be pretty good, thats where Im ordering from.


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    Before you slam Inline Tube too hard, do these other guys use stainless fittings on their stainless tube sets? Are stainless fittings even available? They advertise stainless tubing, I don't think they ever said the fittings were stainless.

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    If I remember correctly, there is a problem with stainless fasteners called thread galling (sp?). There is a chemical reaction with dissimilar metals (one reason why people say not to put stainless bolts on a motor). Heat and chemicals (brake fluid is some nasty $hit) speed the process. If they were full stainless fittings, after a while you would not be able to separate them from the master cylinder (cast), prop-valve (brass/copper), or the calipers/wheel cylinders (I think cast). One company used to offer stainless fittings but no longer does because of this. Granted the lines would last forever but if a caliper or wheel cylinder went bad, you would be screwed because you would have to cut the line to get the component out (if it was in there for any length of time,and anti-seize doesn't necessary stop thread galling especially in fluid rich environments). Then you would have to get a new fitting, hope the line was long enough, then get a 37 degree flare tool to reflare, and.......what a freakin mess you'd have. Over tightening stainless fasteners will almost always cause thread galling that why torque specs are very important. If you have a Fastenall company near you, grab their catalog. They have a great explanation of this in the stainless fastener section. Hope this helps.

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    Thanks for pointing that out. I wouldn't be at all concerned that the FITTINGS aren't stainless. First off, the fittings shouldn't see fluid, or much at all of it, since the tubing is flared, and what should be sealing the connection, not the nuts.



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    i am more concerned about the 5 months a year that they are saturated in salt water. It is near impossible to remove any fastener unless it has been antisiezed even after just one season of salt. Inline sells SS fittings they just dont include them in the kits. I do realize the potential problems with dissimmilar metals/threads. But It is a risk I am willing to take. I feel the rusted steel fitting will be not much use after I manage to free it off the hose. All the lines I purchaced are 45deg not 37deg. One can buy either but I prefer not to have all the adapters.

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    Wonder if antiseize will contaminate/harm brake fluid?


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