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Author Topic:   Brake Lines
posted December 08, 2003 09:35 AM
I agree use steel lines.

posted December 09, 2003 05:48 AM
After my experience with plastic brake lines I will use steel from here on out. I was never happy with the brakes(seemed spongy) plus it was hard to get rid of the leaks(fittings leaked) with plastic so I changed back to steel.

posted December 09, 2003 09:09 AM
I agree with the other opinions on going with steel. It takes a little longer to install, but is much better in the long run. Use -3 brake fittings and 3/16 hard line. This will improve the peddle feel and make the brakes more responsive. The fitting are a little more, but worth it. Check out all the top division asphalt Nascar divisions. This is what they use.

posted December 09, 2003 09:19 AM
Also with the plastic lines if you have a small fire the lines can melt and then you have no brakes and your car is on fire. I have seen this happen before and noone could figure out why the guy kept rolling around the track with flames all around him.

posted December 09, 2003 02:29 PM
you can have a fire and boil the brake fluid inside a steel line. This topic comes up every winter and there are always mixed opinions steel vs. plastic. 3/16" is the size to use whether steel or plastic with 7/8" rear master and 1" front.

posted December 09, 2003 02:51 PM           
braided lines are just plastic then rubber then braided steel covered.

posted December 09, 2003 04:49 PM
saw this happen 2 years ago, my buddie went into the corner not knowing a rock or something took his front brake line out, jabbed the brakes to set the car, promptly spun backwards into the wall and destroyed a 4 week old race car. no more plastic for him. cost wise it's almost the same as steel, steel is easier to work with,( how mant extra spots doyou gotta tie that plastic stuff up) if you use 3/16 you don't need a bender unless you really got a weird bend although it is neater. and i dont know but i dont think a few extra OUNCES of brakeline weight i gonna hurt. it,s your rearend, it's your racecar, it's your checkbook----choose wisely---race another day .

posted December 10, 2003 08:29 PM
i've used the same 3/16 plastic for 3 yrs and no problems

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