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Old 03-21-2014, 09:09 PM   #1
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Copper Nickle Brake Line

I have been using this stuff to make lines for my '53 FFPW. Great stuff. No need for a bender. You can form it with your hands. The usual care is needed to avoid kinks, but it doesn't seem to be much of an issue. I got mine at Amazon.
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Old 02-09-2018, 04:49 AM   #2
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A friend of mine likes the copper alloy line for his datsun 510's.. i have concerns about fatigue resitance in high vibration applications. Especially in a single line system.
Make sure your lines are well supported with rubber covered eyelets. Every 20" or so.
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Old 02-09-2018, 09:42 AM   #3
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It feels a little flimsy to me but maybe OK
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Old 02-09-2018, 11:01 AM   #4
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Several years ago they came out with the Poly Armour brake lines, most of them are green in color, I have been using them for quite some time. They seem to hold up well and are very easy to bend by hand. I normally pick them up from NAPA.
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Old 02-12-2018, 10:00 AM   #5
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I use the Poly Armour lines too and I like them. My brake lines are all armored steel, but I made my vacuum lines out of Poly Armour and they bent up real nice. Easy to get at the local NAPA store.
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Old 02-12-2018, 04:25 PM   #6
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I'm using the CuNi lines on mine, in the 1/4" flavor though. Figured a little more diameter but with the same wall thickness, it would become a little more rigid. I don't mind it and actually its easy to work with and even has spoiled me. I flared a 3/16" steel line for a co-workers race car the other day, and did it by hand with a flare tool that I had been using for my 1/4" CuNi before getting my hydraulic flare tool, and man, it made me remember quickly how much harder the steel lines are.

My truck is going to see a good bit of beach time, and its already heavy salt air where I live, so I am thinking corrosion is going to be a big concern for me vs fatigue. <--- thats me jinxing myself. Callin it here.
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