stainless steel braided brake lines - how many?
pjrose at frontiernet.net
Mon Mar 20 13:48:59 EST 2006
At 10:52 AM -0700 3/20/06, Kenneth Keith wrote:
>I'm collecting the final parts to put budget big brakes on my 200q20v.
> I have rotors, brackets, calipers, pads, anti-squeal discs, and
>mounting bolts & washers. Now I'm looking to get some DOT-approved
>stainless steel braided brake lines. (what else do I need? I didn't
>get pad sensors, for example)
>Does anyone know why there is a 6 piece kit listed for 200's and only
>a 4 piece kit listed for ur-S4's?
What are your "budget big brakes"? What calipers, bracket, rotor are you using?
Anyway, you'll presumably need _custom_ lines up front, so I wonder
why are you looking at any braided lines that Paragon Perf is
specifying for _stock_ brakes (the Paragon listing of 6-pc lines
seems to be for the stock 200 brakes!) And I wonder how they offer
one kit for '89-91 200, since the '91 200 (UFO) would be different
from '89 & '90--right?--In any case, the stock brakes do use a short
piece of solid line up front, which I assume is where the "extra" 2
pieces are used(?) I'd advise you to go slow on this aspect of the
brake project: make certain you get the line-lengths and
end-fittings (!) that are appropriate--especially for that _front_
I made my own front SS lines (of course non-DOT) using bulk braided
hose and fittings purchased from American Street Rod. I use braided
SS lines for fronts-only (BIRA Sys 3 using Porsche Carerra 996
calipers). Working with the SS braid is a bitch especially if you
neglect to buy the special tool. The DIY parts for just the front
lines (plus cost of special braid tool) would be approx $70-80.
So...If you can buy a _good_ pre-made set of four SS lines for
anything under or even somewhat above $100 (especially for DOT) then
it could be well worth it to do so, IMHO. Just keep in mind that some
people have been burned in the past by purchasing prefab sets that
have incorrect lengths and/or wrong type of fitting (e.g., the
incorrect fitting seat/seal or angle). The kit that Paragon offers
for the ur-S4 with Porsche calipers might work for you--although IME
a 16" length would somewhat excessive (by about 1") for the front
lines in my set up. YMMV.
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