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Brake lines

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by ratherbfishin, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. ratherbfishin

    ratherbfishin Senior Member
    Messages: 201

    Today,for the 2nd storm in a row I lost a brake line.Time to change them all to avoid it happening again.Truck is a 2004 GMC 3500HD cab and a 1/2.Question is...should I buy the factory pre bent kit or coils and make my own? Some have said the pre bent ones are a ***** to install given the space .

    Should I just get steel or are the stainless or nickle lines a better bet?
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,742

    as far as I know that's to old to get the factory ones
    I would look into the copper/zinc??? ones. they are dark in color do a search on here for that,,,someone called them by there correct name, I just cant think of it right now
  3. craigd

    craigd Member
    Messages: 40

    Check out a company called Inline Tube in Shelby Twp Michigan. I just called them yesterday about stainless lines for my 2000 sierra. They quoted me just over 200 for all hard lines in stainless. From what I understand everything is bent to factory specs. If you need any hoses they are all stainless braid. I wish I had access to a lift...I'm sure it's not going to be an easy job, but after 12 seasons of plowing they need to be changed. One of these nights I know the pedal is going to the floor...probably on the first sight. Always works that way. Here is a link: http://www.inlinetube.com/
  4. K&L Salting

    K&L Salting Member
    Messages: 58

    On my 02 & 04 GMC trucks the replacement lines would only last for a couple years or so. Then GM quit making the 6500's and factory parts became obsolete. I found a place that would make them out of flexible stainless, the ends were also made from stainless not aluminum. A lot of places have the flex line but not stainless ends. The stainless lines cost no more the the replacement factory lines, a lot easier to install and dot approved.
  5. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    All mine get replaced with copper/nickel lines when they let go.
  6. ratherbfishin

    ratherbfishin Senior Member
    Messages: 201

    I also checked out in line tube. My question is has anybody used the pre bent lines and are the user friendly to install?
  7. tyler886

    tyler886 Member
    from RI
    Messages: 40

    I've used a couple of the prebent kits on customers vehicles upon request, they can be quite the project to install correctly. Personally, I run the copper-nickel on all of my customers and personal trucks. Very easy to work with and route. Its around $50/roll buying locally and will last forever.

  8. ratherbfishin

    ratherbfishin Senior Member
    Messages: 201

    Thanks Tyler....that's the info I needed!