[V6-12v] Stainless brake lines - what's the deal?

George Tur getur at optonline.net
Fri May 14 16:27:58 EDT 2004

On Friday 14 May 2004 15:43, Tom Christiansen wrote:
> Folks,
> What's the deal with the stainless lines? It's essentially a rubber hose
> with a SS braid on it. If the rubber disintegrates, the hose will fail. It
> seems like the SS lines are more about hype and "looking cool" than about
> performance...
Can't say what the pros and cons are of the SS lines, but in two cases I know 
of the SS lines on the rear brakes broke apart prematurely. The cause 
appeared to be that the SS lines had less flexibility or play in them and 
this put more stress on the lines where the line mates with the coupling. In 
both cases the cars had lowered suspensions, used Eibach and H&R springs, 
which might have put more stress on the lines. 

The SS lines do look great though.

George Tur

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