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


Toyota Hiace 2,4D (2L engine)
Toyota Corolla AE92, (4A-FE engine)
Ford Model A (3,4 liter engine)
Re: Stainless steel brake tubing worth it? [Re: LucasDK] #4495366
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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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Re: Stainless steel brake tubing worth it? [Re: LucasDK] #4495368
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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.

Re: Stainless steel brake tubing worth it? [Re: LucasDK] #4495404
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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.

Re: Stainless steel brake tubing worth it? [Re: LucasDK] #4495442
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Braided steel can give a more responsive pedal, rubber can stretch a little bit


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Re: Stainless steel brake tubing worth it? [Re: LucasDK] #4495505
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NiCopp will look new decades from now, they simply do not rust.


Boy will I be happy when ALL vehicles on public roads are autonomous.


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Re: Stainless steel brake tubing worth it? [Re: LucasDK] #4495513
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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.

Re: Stainless steel brake tubing worth it? [Re: LucasDK] #4495518
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Nicopp is all you need.


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Re: Stainless steel brake tubing worth it? [Re: LucasDK] #4495523
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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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Re: Stainless steel brake tubing worth it? [Re: LucasDK] #4495559
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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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Re: Stainless steel brake tubing worth it? [Re: Trav] #4495572
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I don't know currently, but Advance Auto Parts discount coupons DID apply to cu pro-nickle brake lines.

Re: Stainless steel brake tubing worth it? [Re: LucasDK] #4495723
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LucasDK Offline OP
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Thanks for all your answers. Just what I needed. I will go with the Nicopp :-)


Toyota Hiace 2,4D (2L engine)
Toyota Corolla AE92, (4A-FE engine)
Ford Model A (3,4 liter engine)
Re: Stainless steel brake tubing worth it? [Re: LucasDK] #4495772
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Nicopp never rusts and is a lot easier to work with than stainless.


Cable ties should hold it
Re: Stainless steel brake tubing worth it? [Re: shinyWheels] #4496029
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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.

Re: Stainless steel brake tubing worth it? [Re: LucasDK] #4496812
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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 , :-)


Wyr
God bless

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