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 Post subject: Re: Brake Line Options?
PostPosted: October 29, 2016, 10:38 am 
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Somewhat related, anyone have a link to be able to find std SAE flex lines by fitting and length?

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PostPosted: October 29, 2016, 5:12 pm 
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KB58 wrote:
Be aware there's a third choice, hard line that uses AN fittings.


Based on some posts here, I believe certain states explicitly prohibit it. Otherwise I'll second you and say its the only thing to even consider for custom work. Once you have the 37 degree flaring tool, its a cake walk and everything imaginable is readily available from several racing and aviation suppliers. Plus you never have to deal with expensive adapter fittings ever again (this alone significantly offsets the cost of the flaring kit on the very first vehicle - the kit is paid for by the second).

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I used the copper nickle stuff and a cheap fairing tool the likes of HF sells. Worked great.

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a.moore wrote:
Based on some posts here, I believe certain states explicitly prohibit [AN].


I've seen that claim too, but never with a list of the states.

Some states *do* require that brake hoses meet FMVSS standards. One of the hose specs is the "whip test", which can cause failure of standard aircraft AN fittings -3 hose. Russell designed a fitting with a large radius on the end, which has since been copied by others, to pass that test, and sells their hoses as DOT-approved.

The price of premade caliper hoses is way down now; I don't have to have the DOT-approved stuff, but if it's only a few bucks more I might go that route in case I ever move or sell the car out of state.


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PostPosted: November 11, 2016, 9:05 pm 
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I ran the Russell hoses on my Locost for that reason. I was impressed with the quality and all of the hoses have a clear rubber coating on the outside. I'm sure its to help keep water out of the braiding but it should also help to keep the braiding from sawing through stuff.

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PostPosted: November 17, 2016, 4:04 pm 
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Braided lines in a street car get grotty with road grim caked into the braid. It doesn't hurt them any, but if you want them to look clean, the plastic cover is very nice.


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PostPosted: November 19, 2016, 12:02 pm 
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The plastic cover does help the lines meet the DOT standard. It keeps the hose from constantly bending at the join to the fitting.


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PostPosted: November 19, 2016, 1:48 pm 
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Whenever you're working on brakes don't forget to have some flaresavers on hand. I get the copper ones at my local auto parts store...have to ask for them at the counter. They can fix a leaking flare quickly and safely. You may have to search to find the correct angle flaresaver for your job but they're worth the time to find them.

Flaresavers should be part of every race car spares kit...they're invaluable at the track.

There are also fancy versions with special coatings out there but I've never used them.
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I had never heard of the flare savers before. Ya learn something every day. They look like they could be very useful

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