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Using non DOT aproved brake lines??? Should I do it?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by dawson444, Sep 11, 2002.

  1. dawson444

    dawson444 1/2 ton status

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    I am thinking about getting some Earls SS brake lines made w/ the correct fittings on them. The price is $28.44 for each line 32" long. Thats with a 10 mm banjo fitting w/ a 30 degree bend in it and a 3/8" inverted flare on the other end. One problem, they are not DOT approved, do you guys think its alright to use them anyways or should I get DOT approved ones? They would be coming from http://my.coredcs.com/~wmeng/ that place. Thanks!
     
  2. dawson444

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    BTW- the guy I talked to(owner of shop) said they would be fine, just wanted to see what you guys said. He said they use them on race cars all the time.
     
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    You're going to need to evaluate this find.
    1) They are probably not DOT approved for a reason. (Strength/material?) - I'd ask the guy behind the desk
    2) Is this your only option. The price sounds tempting, but I recall hearing others on this board talk about an "Autozone special."
    3) Are you going to worry each time you step on the brake pedal whether or not you will stop/blow out a front brake line. (Don't laugh. Stopping each time is something that can easily be taken for granted. It only takes one time to hit the Benz in front of you, cause $20,000 in damage to it, and trash your truck. All this for saving a few bucks?)
     
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    I talked to some people. I am going to get the DOT approved ones. For the whole I blow out a brake lines then lawsuit thing.
     
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    Good move. I applaud your better judgement.
     
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    ive had a front brake line blow out on me before, and ive also had brakes fail on me while i was backing down a hill, i had to steer into a ditch and was teetering on two tires (crossed up in the ditch front right and back left were only two tires firmly on the ground) Its some Scary sh!t dont mess around with that crap dont look for bargins.... you made a good choice
     
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    If it was offroad only, then I'd say go for it. But since its used on the highway, definitely cover your butt by going DOT approved.

    Will
     
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    I believe the DOT rules were changed on brake lines to allow the stainless steel ones.
    perhaps Earls just isnt up to speed on the new test standards.
    I dont think any stainless braided line can pass the old test.
     
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    The SS ones Pro-Comp sells are made by Earl's and they are DOT approved. I have no idea why some would be & others not. I bought mine 2 or 3 years ago so the approved ones have been around at least that long. I remember this being a big issue about 5 yrs ago for both trucks and hot rods.
     
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    I believe he was going to have some custom made, correct? The Pro Comp, etc. ones are probably mass produced and therefore are all the same, however, the custom ones are not all made the same so the DOT probably wouldnt bother approving just one set of brake lines.
     
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    Using non DOT aproved brake lines??? Should I do it?

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    IIRC DOT sets the standards but they do not run around approving stuff
     

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