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Re: Stainless braided brake lines--OK for street?

Subject: Re: Stainless braided brake lines--OK for street?
Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2001 15:28:16 EDT
In a message dated 07/06/01 12:05:35 PM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

> I've noticed that the catalog listings for stainless steel braided brake 
> hoses 
> usually say "for off-road use only".  My question is, why?  Is it just 
> because 
> they are so different from the original equipment hoses that they have not 
> been 
> (US) government approved?  Or do they cause the brakes to exhibit behavior 
> that 
> is undesirable for street use (although I can't imagine what that would be)?

One issue is, as was suggested, DOT approval, which may be lacking.

Beware however - braided Teflon lines can fail. Every time they flex the 
inner liner moves a small bit inside the steel braid. Eventually - and this 
may take several years - they wear through and leak (I've had this happen on 
one of the race cars).

So they are not a one time last-forever solution.


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