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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old May 16th, 07, 05:25 AM Thread Starter
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Rear axle Brake Line Routing

I bought all new brake lines and the fronts were a snap but making up the rears is giving me trouble. I need some examples to follow for making the correct bends and having a sano look.

I can make them work but it doesn't look good enough for my taste. Any pics would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Rear axle Brake Line Routing

I am getting ready to do mine. I bought pre-bent lines and they came close but not close enough. Why do we buy the pre-bent? I am going to bend and cut my own lines to run along the axle and look professional.
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Re: Rear axle Brake Line Routing

When I bought my Baer brakes I got a set of pre bent lines. I installed everything I found out that my assortment of brake lines (that fit killer by the way), did not include lines for the rear axle. I wound up buying a set of pre bent lines for the axles and was told they would take a little bending to work for my application.
This is where the problem lies. Most likely i will wind up cutting them and bending them to fit or buying a couple lengths of tube and fabricating my own. I just want to see how others routed their lines with new 4 wheel disc.

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Re: Rear axle Brake Line Routing

Rich, What I did was buy straight sections of 3/16" SS lines from Right Stuff. I guestimated the length I needed, and had them put on a SS rock guard spring and fittings on both ends.

Then I bent them myself.

My Wilwood calipers are fixed, so I didn't need to allow for any flexing at the caliper. I've read that putting a loop in the line just inboard of the caliper would be all you'd need to do for a floating caliper. The only part of mine I'm not happy with is that I didn't have the petience to get an S bend into the tube so I could use the clamp between the u-bolts.

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Re: Rear axle Brake Line Routing

My Baer kit came with 10" braided flex lines that go from caliper to mounting clip. Hard lines take off from there.

Here is a pick from a LS2 build on CHP mag. I would have been ashamed to put this picture in the article.



Simply hideous.

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Oh Jim, you did a great job with your lines. First rate craftsmanship.

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Re: Rear axle Brake Line Routing

Here's what I did, it isn't from a kit but does kind of follow where the stock would have been. The hose clamps are gone now by the way... On the 2nd page of that thread is another members work as well (Rayzor).

https://www.camaros.net/forums/showth...ght=rear+discs

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Re: Rear axle Brake Line Routing

I bent and flared my own hard lines. I welded the mounting clip to the axle inboard of the innermost U-bolt, and ran reasonably short lines. I didn't want a real tight loop in the flex line. If you wind up doing it this way, just make sure that the clip isn't right under the big rubber bump stop. 3/16 steel line is pretty easy to bend, but the guy at NAPA talked me into this new stuff they have. It's kind of an Army olive green color, and is designed to be bent by hand without kinking, although regular steel 3/16 line is pretty hard to kink.. It's pretty amazing stuff, I you can live with green brake lines. On a 68-69 with the staggered shocks, the passenger line needed a very tight bend to come back around to the back side of the axle and then line up with the factory line tabs. None of this probably makes any sense - I can post a picture tomorrow - I'm at work today.


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Re: Rear axle Brake Line Routing

I'm going to stop by Napa today and get some new tubing and bend my own. Going to check out that green stuff too. The OE brake line clips snapped off years ago and I need to get a few of those and weld them on too.

Thanks for all the ideas guys.

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Re: Rear axle Brake Line Routing

I "adapted" a set of new pre-bent stainless 12bolt drum brake lines to use with the Wilwood discs on my 9". They look pretty hideous.


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Re: Rear axle Brake Line Routing

I stopped by Car-Quest on the way home and picked up two 60" pieces of brake line. broke out the brake line kit that's been sitting in my tool box unused for 2 years went to work. I put one piece aside for the actual brake line and used the other to practice my bends and flaring.

If I would have know how damn easy it was to bend and flare my own brake lines I would have done this two weeks ago.

I managed to bend, flare and install the one line that looked the worst, the other side gets done tonight.
I'll post some pics tomorrow. turned out great.

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Re: Rear axle Brake Line Routing

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I stopped by Car-Quest on the way home and picked up two 60" pieces of brake line. broke out the brake line kit that's been sitting in my tool box unused for 2 years went to work. I put one piece aside for the actual brake line and used the other to practice my bends and flaring.

If I would have know how damn easy it was to bend and flare my own brake lines I would have done this two weeks ago.

I managed to bend, flare and install the one line that looked the worst, the other side gets done tonight.
I'll post some pics tomorrow. turned out great.

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I know this post is a few months old but I was wondering how it came out! I need to replace my rear axle brake line because I'm adding some baer brakes for the rear and I'm trying to fugure out how hard it would be to bend my own line.

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Re: Rear axle Brake Line Routing

2 years later....how did it turn out??

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Maybe Rick doesn't come around here so much anymore?

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Re: Rear axle Brake Line Routing

what's what I'm thinking too, i'm hoping someone else can post some pics too!

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