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Old 09-25-2014, 07:15 PM   #1
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Braided Flex Lines

This week I pulled our trailer for the first time after installing new stainless brake lines and braided stainless flex lines.

I have to tell you what a difference the braided flex lines have made. The brakes are SOLID. Absolutely solid. Now the stainless hard lines did not do anything other than prevent another lost line to corrosion, (I recommend anyone with an older truck to put in stainless) HOWEVER, the braided lines feel so different that I am repeating myself on how much better the brakes feel.

Original OEM rubber lines expand, braided stainless doesn't. The last time I felt brakes this good was on the '65 Vette I totally rebuilt and shimmed the rotors to less than .002 runout. It had brakes like throwing out an anchor.

If you decide to do this, I purchased the ones for my truck from Summit Racing, they are Russell brand lines. I took the OEM brackets, cut them off with a Dremel tool cutoff, dealt with the rust on the metal, drill a hole in the end and reused them to attach the clips supplied with the Russell lines to reattach them in the OEM position.

Feel free to ask questions about the install, what I learned about GM ABS units, etc etc.

Yes, it is worth doing.
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I have an 03 Silverado I need to do this to. I have done a couple searches but have not bought the lines yet.
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I have an 03 Silverado I need to do this to. I have done a couple searches but have not bought the lines yet.
there are a handful of major suppliers of stainless brake lines, I bought mine from Fine Lines because they are a couple miles from me

here are a couple of them

http://www.finelinesinc.com/

http://www.classictube.com/

here is a generic listing of the Russell braided brake hoses from Summit Racing

http://www.summitracing.com/search?S...20brake%20hose
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Not sure why but I don't think any of the braided lines are dot legal. Not that any roadside stop will cause them to look at brake lines.
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The Russell brand braided brake lines he used are DOT approved.

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Replace your spongy, factory rubber brake lines with one of these Russell Street Legal brake line kits. The pre-assembled, steel-braided brake lines provide firmer, more responsive braking by reducing excessive brake pedal travel, which is caused by the expansion of the rubber lines. They also meet strict DOT requirements for street-driven vehicles. These kits come in pre-packaged lengths and include all of the hardware and fittings necessary for installation.
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