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Old 05-29-2012, 12:08 PM   #1
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Default Brake lines- DO IT YOURSELF

I have a 69 mustang coupe. I have manual drum brakes on all four wheels. I would like to replace all the brake lines. I've found only 1 set from California Mustangs that are "Pre bent" for $137. Our should I just buy straight ones from O'Reillys auto and try to bend them my self? I have no experience with the bending tool to do it myself, so I'm wanting anyones thoughts on how easy or hard it is to learn how to bend the tubes. And is it worth the savings or just spend the $137 and get them already bent?

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Old 05-29-2012, 12:17 PM   #2
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I would buy the straight ones and teach yourself how to bend them. Buy a good bending tool not a cheap one. Watch a youtube on bending the lines its very easy. That way if you do any mods (disc breaks, 9 inch rear etc.) to the car in the future that require you to relocate the lines a diff way you can do it.
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I would buy the straight ones and teach yourself how to bend them. Buy a good bending tool not a cheap one. Watch a youtube on bending the lines its very easy. That way if you do any mods (disc breaks, 9 inch rear etc.) to the car in the future that require you to relocate the lines a diff way you can do it.
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Great advice, thank you. I will surely be upgrading in the future to disc brakes
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Old 05-29-2012, 03:22 PM   #5
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agree with the others. I'd like to offer IMO, the spring type benders work good for gradual bends. Anything else really needs the lever type bender that has the angles. You will also need a double flare tool because not all of the pipes are going to end up perfectly to a manufactured end.

Harbor freight is one place to look for the tools.
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a job you can do on your own for sure, brake lines are the easiest to bend, and since they are so thin you can do alot of the shaping with your hands if needed (unless they are stainless). Dont forget to get a flaring tool, im sure they can be rented.

edit* i should really read the other posts, i just repeated what everyone else said...
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:36 PM   #7
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prebent is nice and will save a couple hours of labor.

it's easy to make one wrong 90 degree bend and then have a piece of scrap (unless you double flare and put on a coupler...).
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I bought the pre-bent ones. It saves a bit of time, but I found that it it didn't fit perfectly and required additional bending/modifying.

Try to keep the original line in 1 piece and use it as a reference.
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because of its hardness stainless is more difficult to work with and tends to not seal as well. I believe the general consensus is to avoid using it. I know at least one member here who had issues with it. My advice is to read up further on stainless before you decide if its a good idea. I dont personally have any experience with it...just a thought.
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because of its hardness stainless is more difficult to work with and tends to not seal as well. I believe the general consensus is to avoid using it. I know at least one member here who had issues with it. My advice is to read up further on stainless before you decide if its a good idea. I dont personally have any experience with it...just a thought.
i did mine in stainless. i had to do a lot of rework due to a different master cylinder, addition of a line lock, proportioning valve and residual valve. it definately was more difficult. but everything is sealed up.

i personally wouldn't tell someone to avoid it, and instead indicate it will take more effort to make work and involve more expensive tooling if the need for a double flare arises.
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