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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old May 3rd, 02, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
 
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I'm wondering what most guys feel about using SS lines (fuel/brake) instead of std replacement. I'm getting my car cose to stock and want to replace some lines. Do you consider a car "way wrong" w/ ss lines? Thanks, John
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old May 3rd, 02, 10:50 AM
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Only a real purist would turn their nose up at something that I think looks better and lasts longer. My 2 cents.

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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old May 3rd, 02, 11:28 AM
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I think it all depends on what you want the car to be. If you want it to be 100% stock then don't use S/S lines or hoses. If you just want it to look "pretty original" then you can get away with non-OEM parts like lines and hose clamps etc..

As for purists, there are a lot more of us out there than you think. To me, putting a S/S brake line in my car would be no different than putting Fiero seats in it. It would never cross my mind to do either.

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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old May 3rd, 02, 11:28 AM
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That's what purists are good at though.

Seriously, I would go stainless. You might want to try and scuff up the tubing a little so it is not as shiny - regular steel tubing is a little grayer and not as shiney. Maybe use steel wool.
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old May 3rd, 02, 11:47 AM
 
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I've heard a number of people having problems with stainless lines leaking at the fittings.
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old May 3rd, 02, 12:00 PM
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I agree...go stainless!

Sure, it's harder to work with and flare, that's where some people have problems with leaks..

Technology moves on!..

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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old May 3rd, 02, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thank you for the comments. I knew there would be opposing thoughts on this because it is kinda a fine line in my opinion, I am just so happy to have my car "close" now! Thanks to all of you, John
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old May 3rd, 02, 02:12 PM
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I agree with the stainless leaking at the fittings. There was a thread over a year ago here where a number of folks had that exact problem.
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old May 3rd, 02, 02:20 PM
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I have had to replace both my brake lines and gas line. I considered ss but got OE instead. Primarily because to me it was overkill ( not that I don't get carried away too ). Personal choices.

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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old May 3rd, 02, 04:23 PM
 
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Stainless steel is very hard by nature and doesn't conform very well to imperfections in mating surfaces. Unless you want heartache don't use it unless you really have to. Wes
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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old May 3rd, 02, 06:26 PM
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I've got stainless lines for brakes and fuel. I got it because I felt it would last longer. I agree about problems with leaks though, I dred anytime I have to loosen a line for something. When I tighten them up, I have to really wrench on them so they don't leak. Good thing I have line wrenches, or I'd have a bunch of stripped out fittings.
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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old May 4th, 02, 08:52 AM
 
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I look at it like this..if the original non-stainless lasted 35 years, that's long enough for me...Forget the stainless, go original!
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old May 5th, 02, 11:11 AM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>I look at it like this..if the original non-stainless lasted 35 years, that's long enough for me...Forget the stainless, go original!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
I tend to share the above mentioned thinking.



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