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    hard brake lines

    I'm replacing the short hard brake line that is at the rear caliper, due to an indcident while installing braided lines. (Yes, I used the proper wrench, incorrectly I suppose.)

    The replacement part from the dealer is straight, I hoped it would be pre-formed. Any good ways to bend these lines without fear of kinking them? I'm hoping to find some type of cylinder as a mandrell, will that be enough?

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    ask Tom how they do it?

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    He just grunted...

    I told him I was surprised the line wasn't formed. He really didn't an opinion!

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    call him a jerk & :) real big!!! for me next time

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    Re: hard brake lines

    You really need to buy a brake line tube bender. These are one of those procedures that you need the right tool. without the proper bending tool the brake lines will kink so easy you'll be surprised you didn't cuss faster after it's toast.

    These tools usually come in a couple of different radius sizes. I would buy the smaller size, they're more versatile, but look at the radius of the bends from your defect line, you'll want to match it pretty close.

    once you have the tool, go to hardware store, and buy some 3/16th inch soft copper tubing to play with, it's cheap and fun. Once you bend the brake line it's done, no way to go back.

    Wanna do it really well:
    http://www.mossmotors.com/Shop/ViewProducts.aspx?PlateIndexID=34879

    or try to get by with this gig, which can do the job. Definately bettter than cooking up a mandrel. They are common in auto stores.

    http://www.autobarn.net/ctaa978.html

    or find someone with the good tool to do it for you.
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    Thanks, I suspected that,

    That's why I asked.

    $4 for a simple tool is a no brainer. I'll check locally first and end up spending more on shipping.

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    Dan, just call Vines...

    They probably have three hundred sitting in the yard.

    Or Strictly German.

    As long as the pipe seals and the threads are good (make sure to specify), this is a $5 part.

    I have seen a few new after market pipes pre-bent.

    Just my $.02

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    Need to remember Vines...

    I already had the straight part in hand, but I do need to keep those guys in mind.

    Harbor Frieght came through with a decent tool that did the job. They are OK for these types of tools that you need every blue moon...

    Barber is just on the horizon!

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    Harbor frieght

    Eight bucks for a decent bender. Did the trick, thanks for the leads.

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