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Technical Who's used annealed stainless brake line recently?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by King ford, Jul 18, 2019.

  1. King ford
    Joined: Mar 18, 2013
    Posts: 1,195

    King ford
    from 08302

    greetings again fellow HAMBers!. I know this has been discussed before but the quality of many products we buy changes often. Have any of you guys used the annealed stainless brake line to make your own lines lately and were you satisfied with the quality and if so where did you get it ? Also what type of flaring tool have you guys used on stainless? Will my old " traditional!" Snap on screwing U clamp ( for want of a better description) double flaring tool do the job?.....thanks for any info!
  2. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 18,633


    I really dig the nickel copper stuff they sell now. It’s so easy to work with. It has a coating on it, but I think it could be polished if you want a different look.
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  3. kabinenroller
    Joined: Jan 26, 2012
    Posts: 314


    PLUS 1 on the NiCop lines. It is so much better than stainless. I use it for fuel also and it is DOT approved.
    NAPA sells it in bulk and some stores have a machine that will make straight lengths from a coil.
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  4. LSGUN
    Joined: May 26, 2007
    Posts: 1,255

    from TX

    Buy a roll of the nickel copper on amazon, it's pretty cheap.
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  5. paintman27
    Joined: Apr 23, 2011
    Posts: 268

    from new jersey

    I used stainless line from inline tube and the good flaring tool from Eastwoodon my entire project. Inline claimed it could be double flared because of the anealing process they use. Never again! Even though the flaring tool looked like it made perfect flares every time I had nunerous leaks. I can only attribute this to invisble hairline cracks. Replaced all my lines with the standard stuff you can get from NAPA. Double flared all my connections with the Eastwood tool and WALA no leaks!
  6. big john d
    Joined: Nov 24, 2011
    Posts: 85

    big john d
    from ma

    i was a factory tech on volvo cars from 77 to91 they use a version of copper nickle brake lines and never had to replace a rusted out line even on cars with 400,000 miles
  7. saltracer219
    Joined: Sep 23, 2006
    Posts: 622


    I switched to NiCop and have never looked back! Great product, looks great, D.O.T. approved, it bends and flares very nicely and does not rust or corrode.
  8. a boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 5,069

    a boner

    Use this stuff!
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  9. Shoeboxdriver
    Joined: Dec 10, 2006
    Posts: 280

    from Holmen, WI

    I've plumbed several cars with bright annealed stainless from Inline Tube. I never believed it could be double flared and used single 37 degree flare and AN fittings. Everything worked well and looks good. I am however a convert to the copper/nickel line now.
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  10. Frankie47
    Joined: Dec 20, 2008
    Posts: 1,685

    from omaha ne.

    Stainless steel is yesterdays news, nicad for me.
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  11. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 5,827

    Alliance Vendor
    from Nebraska

    I've used 3/16 stainless annealed tubing on many 100's of customer chassis with good results. I use a good Rigid flaring tool which is obtainable from Speedway. Don't buy the cheap one. I use quality number 3 AN fittings. One tip don't cut it with a tube cutter, it hardens the end and makes it difficult to flare, cut it with a small cutoff wheel, file the end clean and clean out the inside with the pointed end of the file. Also I don't recommend trying to double flare it. I buy my tube in 6 ft lengths from Inline Tube.
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2019
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  12. King ford
    Joined: Mar 18, 2013
    Posts: 1,195

    King ford
    from 08302

    Thanks for all of the replies guys!....looks like a LOT of you guys like the nickel copper!....I think that's what I will try.

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