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Stainless or Rubber Lines?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by daleearnhardt01, Jul 12, 2004.

  1. daleearnhardt01

    daleearnhardt01 1/2 ton status

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    Just want to see what you guys think. Should I spend the dough and get the SS brake lines or just go down to NAPA and get the 2wd Chevy ones that will work?
     
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    I like the OEM type rubber lines. I think they are stronger and less likely to break. I'm sticking with them.

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    I like the OEM type rubber lines. I think they are stronger and less likely to break. I'm sticking with them.

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    Ummm, no. Stainless is gonna be stronger and probably last a whole lot longer. We are talking $100 or so for a full set of stainless, so not like its a fortune, and brakes are pretty important /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif
     
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    I just got the Napa ones, worked perfectly for me. GM spent a lot of time and money designing the brake system, so that makes rubber just fine for me.

    -Chris
     
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    GM spent a lot of time and money designing the brake system, so that makes rubber just fine for me.

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    And most of us spend a lot of time redesigning our trucks to way beyond what the factory had in mind for them. Stock truck, stock parts. If you are upgrading the springs, tires, motor, etc, then why not brakelines? I don't know what all the prices are for Napa lines, but if you got the front two plus a new rear (for sake of at least putting in something fresh) then I am guessing thats around $50 or so? Stainless is only twice as much money. To me its a do it once-to it right kind of thing, but thats my opinion /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif
     
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    stainless lines are cheaper locally for me
    the Hotrod shop sells Goodridge and Aeroquip cheaper retail then the parts house sells Raybestos at my cost
    no idea why
    I was pissed finding that out AFTER buying the rubber Raybestos line for my last rear disc conversion
     
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    rjfguitar 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I run all stainless front and back.....I have pro comp lines up front that have never given me an issue and I bought 3/16" brake line in 3 ft lengths at napa and just bent them to fit the clips on my 14BFF. [​IMG]
     
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    I don't want to run stainless but I'm forced to as I don't want to go center drop and no rubber line that I know of can handle the wheel travel my rig has.
     
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    Stainless lines are stronger it is the actual fitting attachment that fails. I think the wow factor is a little bit better as is weather resistance. There are hydrolic (sp) shops that will do custom brake lines to any length with custom bent/strait spring wraps and such. I think it is usually a toss up due to the actual fitting often being the weaker part in both and also similar on both.
     
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    SThere are hydrolic (sp) shops that will do custom brake lines to any length with custom bent/strait spring wraps and such.

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    My local hydraulic shop will not do it. He says that you need a special tool to, "upswedge" the hose to ensure that it fits the banjo bitting correctly and without this, it could leak catastrophically.

    Because of that I'm not trusting any person to manufacture my hoses, I'm going to buy some manufactured ones.
     
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    The Napa extended lines were $18 a piece. I hate spending my money so that was good for me.

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    I found on PirateCheck out THIS THREAD Guys are getting 36" long stainless lines made for $18ea /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    get Banjo to -3 or -4 adapters and run normal AN line
    nothing magical about brake lines
     
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    get Banjo to -3 or -4 adapters and run normal AN line
    nothing magical about brake lines

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    Who makes them? Aeroquip or something?
     
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    I purchased stainless steel lines from Stephen at Offroad Designs. /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    Goodridge Aeroquip Russel
    everyone that sells AN sells adapters
    I havent checked to see if they clear our calipers yet
    I will be doing that very soon
     
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    Goodridge Aeroquip Russel
    everyone that sells AN sells adapters
    I havent checked to see if they clear our calipers yet
    I will be doing that very soon

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    I have never heard of an AN to banjo adapter, I guess I'll check the catalog tomorrow.

    As to stainless lines, I can get them (obviously) but I don't want them.
     
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    what dont you like about them?
    the only bad point is they are not as kink resistant as the factory crap
    there are more options then stainless outer braid if it is the outer you do not like

    all the brake adapters you require
    http://www.stockcarproducts.com/aqp27.htm

    I know that Goodridge has all that you need in little kits
    if you look at TSM website their 'stainless' upgrade is a Goodridge kit with the sticker removed from the clear plastic package
     
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    I guess it's just whatever you like better. Stainless looks cooler, but I didn't like the extra adapters and stuff to get to a banjo fitting that is still not like stock anyway. I like the stock square banjo, plus it angles out to keep the line out of the tire.

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