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#4495364 - 08/22/17 04:15 PM Stainless steel brake tubing worth it?
LucasDK Offline


Registered: 06/14/11
Posts: 77
Loc: Denmark, Europe
Hi,

Are there any advantages of stainless steel brake tubing compared to CuNiFer? Anyone with practical experience? For me, I need maximum corrosion resistance and not necessarily a nice look.

Lucas
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#4495366 - 08/22/17 04:19 PM Re: Stainless steel brake tubing worth it? [Re: LucasDK]
xxch4osxx Offline


Registered: 03/11/09
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Loc: Cedarbrae, Ontario
I would just go with the Nicopp lines if I was you. No need for stainless if its not for show.
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#4495368 - 08/22/17 04:24 PM Re: Stainless steel brake tubing worth it? [Re: LucasDK]
larryinnewyork Offline


Registered: 02/10/12
Posts: 838
Loc: One Step Beyond
I applied GREASE to mine when 2002 truck was purchased new.
I live in the rust-belt.
Today, if you wipe the grease off, the brake lines look brand new.
Every couple of years, I will mix Fluid Film and Never-Seize and smear it around (incase any of the grease was drying up).
I make an effort to also keep Bleeder Valves greased.

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#4495404 - 08/22/17 05:00 PM Re: Stainless steel brake tubing worth it? [Re: LucasDK]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32637
Loc: ME
How would you flare stainless? It's brittle. Even if "they" flared it, if what you're joining it to isn't perfect the crush won't be very nice and you might get a leak.

+2 on NiCopp.

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#4495442 - 08/22/17 05:44 PM Re: Stainless steel brake tubing worth it? [Re: LucasDK]
SilverFusion2010 Offline


Registered: 06/29/11
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Loc: Crawfordville FL
Braided steel can give a more responsive pedal, rubber can stretch a little bit
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#4495505 - 08/22/17 06:55 PM Re: Stainless steel brake tubing worth it? [Re: LucasDK]
JimPghPA Offline


Registered: 08/22/09
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Loc: Pittsburgh,PA U.S.A.
NiCopp will look new decades from now, they simply do not rust.
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#4495513 - 08/22/17 07:03 PM Re: Stainless steel brake tubing worth it? [Re: LucasDK]
shinyWheels Offline


Registered: 03/24/13
Posts: 159
Loc: CA
I had stainless steel lines on my Eclipse. The pedal was very firm after that modification. But I also had flushed the brake fluid, got new pads and rotors at the same time.

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#4495518 - 08/22/17 07:05 PM Re: Stainless steel brake tubing worth it? [Re: LucasDK]
Donald Offline


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Nicopp is all you need.
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#4495523 - 08/22/17 07:09 PM Re: Stainless steel brake tubing worth it? [Re: LucasDK]
kschachn Offline


Registered: 12/26/05
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I replaced all the fuel, fuel vent and brake lines on my old BMW and I used NiCopp brand lines for most all of them (except some short pre-bent ones I got from BMW). In terms of being easy to use I don't know how it could be any easier. You can bend it with your bare hands into a small radius and it does not kink. Two years later here in the rust belt it still looks great.
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#4495559 - 08/22/17 08:00 PM Re: Stainless steel brake tubing worth it? [Re: LucasDK]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 18892
Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
Originally Posted By: LucasDK
Hi,

Are there any advantages of stainless steel brake tubing compared to CuNiFer? Anyone with practical experience? For me, I need maximum corrosion resistance and not necessarily a nice look.

Lucas


Stainless is more resistant (not immune) to dings and crushing than NiCopp but unless you do a lot of rock crawling or extreme off roading their drawbacks outweigh any benefit.
NiCopp/Cunifer is really great stuff.
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#4495572 - 08/22/17 08:25 PM Re: Stainless steel brake tubing worth it? [Re: Trav]
bmwjohn Offline


Registered: 01/04/08
Posts: 728
Loc: indianapolis in
I don't know currently, but Advance Auto Parts discount coupons DID apply to cu pro-nickle brake lines.

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#4495723 - 08/22/17 11:35 PM Re: Stainless steel brake tubing worth it? [Re: LucasDK]
LucasDK Offline


Registered: 06/14/11
Posts: 77
Loc: Denmark, Europe
Thanks for all your answers. Just what I needed. I will go with the Nicopp :-)
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#4495772 - 08/23/17 02:36 AM Re: Stainless steel brake tubing worth it? [Re: LucasDK]
Olas Offline


Registered: 12/11/13
Posts: 3933
Loc: Manchester, England
Nicopp never rusts and is a lot easier to work with than stainless.
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#4496029 - 08/23/17 10:55 AM Re: Stainless steel brake tubing worth it? [Re: shinyWheels]
MarkM66 Offline


Registered: 10/19/10
Posts: 1544
Loc: stl
Originally Posted By: shinyWheels
I had stainless steel lines on my Eclipse. The pedal was very firm after that modification. But I also had flushed the brake fluid, got new pads and rotors at the same time.


He's referring to the hard line, not hoses.

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#4496812 - 08/24/17 09:27 AM Re: Stainless steel brake tubing worth it? [Re: LucasDK]
WyrTwister Offline


Registered: 01/13/13
Posts: 1531
Loc: Texas
I do not live in the rust / salt belt . Thank God .

In , maybe 50 years driving , the only time I have ever replaced the metal brake lines ( OEM are steel ? ) was due to physical damage in the line crossing one side of the rear banjo / deferential tube / housing . Exhaust pipe mount broke & the pipe had been vibration / bouncing on the steel line .

I saw a video of Eric O. using the Ni Cu lines . That is all I know about them , other than he spoke highly of it . No way I would fight stainless steel .

Best of luck , :-)
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