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I need advice on purchasing or fabricating stainless steel brake lines. I don't have the tools so should I just buy all of them pre-made or buy some tools and fab my own. Also, who has good quality products and prices? Thanks. Steve
 

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Hi Steve
The biggest problem with doing stainless your self is one the investment in the flare tool , (if you expect quality flares) and two obviously the expence of the material . If you can you are best to buy the premaid kit . Not to say its a bad thing to do it your self but again SS lines can be stuborn .

www.stainlesssteelbrakes.com Hope this helps they have many kits available. ;)
 

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Good points. I think I will look into the getting a bender and practice a little on a short piece of tubing and then decide. I already have a decent flare tool and I need to fab a gas line too so it will probably save me quite a bit if I can do it myself. I know the stainless is pretty rigid so it will challenge.

Thanks guys and I'll let you know the outcome.
Steve
 
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Brake lines need to be double flared and with stainless this can be very difficult even for the experianced mechanic and a special flarring set is needed, bending tubing is like welding, if you don't do it on a regular basis you loose the knack and can go through a lot of pipe getting it back. Just a thought. Good luck
 

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You would be ahead of the game to get the preformed stainless kit in my opinion. When I bought my disc brake kit I opted for the regular lines. #1 cheaper #2 I don't plan on driving in the winter on salted roads #3 much easier to form to the area I want it to fit in.
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Steve also from my recent experience stainless is VERY hard to bend and most cheap benders will not bend it. And stainless is a lot harder to flare also than regular steel line.
Terry
 
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