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replacing brake lines

Postby robinsky [OP] » Jan 21 2013, 11:27pm

im interested in running new ines.I'm ok with bubble flaring and bending but would like to know if anyone routed new lines without removing box and lifting cab.ill try and keep original path but im also ok with routing in a logical path .I have utility box on back and as long as new path is safe im good to go.
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Re: replacing brake lines

Postby masterem88 » Jan 22 2013, 12:15am

depending on the vehicle and if its just a driver or if you still want max value of of your vehicle when you go to sell it for appearance reasons will determine which route to go. i personally am picky about my vehicles so i take the extra time and do it right the first time and use factory clips and grommets. but for example like alot of chevy trucks that have the rear brake line that goes behind the gas tank and has a couple plastic tabs that the line pops in. i route line in all factory locations even behind gas tank besides the two tabs i cant reach behind the tank nor bend the line to fit in perfectly in a no reach area. but besides there i make it look factory and neat. sometimes it isnt worth the lot of extra work just to make it absolutely the way it was as long as its safe, not in the way of anything, and looks presentable to have other people see my work. if it came to pulling the cab to replace a brake line. i would definitely route a different way or slight out of the way but make it look factory at the same time. good luck
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Re: replacing brake lines

Postby robinsky [OP] » Jan 22 2013, 1:09am

Thanks for reply.So it sounds like you,re able to route lines while leaving gas tank ,box,and cab in place.
I have 2002 silverado extended cab,8' box.
i going to do job when weather gets better.lines aren.t leaking yet but there terribly rusty.
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Re: replacing brake lines

Postby masterem88 » Jan 22 2013, 1:26am

Yeah you can pull line toward gas tank to pop out of clips and remove line. New line i route behind it and bend as need to fit then make all exposed areas neat. Make sure to put some tape over the end that you feed behind tank to keep rust and dirt from getting inside line
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Re: replacing brake lines

Postby robinsky [OP] » Jan 22 2013, 3:15am

Perfect! now i'm looking forward to doing the job.
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Re: replacing brake lines

Postby JCunningham » Jan 22 2013, 6:20am

stainless lines?
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Re: replacing brake lines

Postby robinsky [OP] » Jan 23 2013, 12:33am

auto store sell rust resistant copper/nickel/steel off some kind and i think ill feel more comfortable with bubble flaring the softer metal.
if i could "drop lines in with access(no rear box/bed etc)" i would buy stainless steel preformed.
but ill fish line through instead and cut and flare as i go.
maybe get another ten years out of it ,hopefully.
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Re: replacing brake lines

Postby JCunningham » Jan 23 2013, 6:31am

iv flared ss. it flares fine. last time i bought part store lines they were that junk that had to be replaced every year. that was 10yrs ago.
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Re: replacing brake lines

Postby robinsky [OP] » Jan 23 2013, 5:03pm

good to know ,ill see if i can find s.s and probably go that way.
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Re: replacing brake lines

Postby JCunningham » Jan 24 2013, 5:41am

I use the Summit Racing stuff. 25' rolls
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