Flexible brake lines

Phil and Judy Rose pjrose at frontiernet.net
Sun Oct 30 10:38:21 EST 2005

At 9:47 PM -0700 10/29/05, Aaron Rosenstein wrote:
>  I don't know what Audi
>charges, but I'm sure it was more than the $25 a piece I paid for at
>this shop, and the hoses were high pressure with rubber coated metal
>braid jackets just like the ones on aircraft systems.

I'm sure the custom-fabricated hoses you got were of very good 
quality and possibly gave better than oem performance.  However, 
there is a "middle ground" between (1) buying parts at the Audi 
dealer and (2) having them custom fabricated. A knowledgeable owner 
(except in an emergency) should never feel obliged buy brakeline 
hoses from "Audi", since there's nothing particularly special about 
the rubber lines used on the '92 200q. I've not had a problem 
sourcing good quality non-oem replacements--some for considerably 
_less_ than $25/ea.

BTW--as Bernie will tell you-- you just as well could have used those 
cracked and frayed hoses that melvin is about to replace. Of course 
I'm not being serious about that, and long ago I didn't think Bernie 
was (serious) either. But over the years it's become clear to me that 
Bernie suffers from a dangerous form of dementia when it comes to 
saving money. His advice--especially about brake lines and 
rotors--can be downright dangerous! Fortunately, I doubt that many 
listers are foolish enough to follow Bernie's advice about the 
service life of brake hoses and rotors.


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