Rear flex Brake hose

Rear flex Brake hose

Postby Heavyopp [OP] » January 30th 2012, 4:34am

So I've installed S10 HD springs in the rear of my van lifting the rear by about 5 inches.
Now I need to Install a longer Flexible brake line from the chassis to the rear axle assembly.

I was thinking about using a stainless steel braided line but I can't seem to find the right one. The problem seems to be in the line sizing. I have a 1/4" line coming from the anti-lock brake mechanism. This line connects to the female, input side of the flex hose. At the other end of the hose is a "T" with 2 3/16" outputs going to each wheel cylinder.

Jegs has a line listed but it seems like it has a 3/16" female input on the chassis side.

http://www.jegs.com/i/JEGS-Performance-Products/555/635450/10002/-1?parentProductId=1682813

It's 16 inches long --which is what I want.

Anyone know where to source the proper line or what have you done to defeat the problem.

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Re: Rear flex Brake hose

Postby RECox286 » January 30th 2012, 5:06am

Can you find a fitting that would connect two hoses ? That might be the long and short solution to your problem.

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Re: Rear flex Brake hose

Postby Heavyopp [OP] » January 30th 2012, 5:52am

I did look but can't seem to find such a fitting.

I could have the flare name wrong but it should be
27 degree inverted flare fittings going from a 1/4 inch tube female to a 3/16 tube male.

I'll try talking with jegs in the morning when they open.

There's gotta be a solution. I can't be the only 1 who wants to extend their brake line.

I could always move the mount for the line but I'd rather extend the line. I'd have to weld the mounting tab lower.
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Re: Rear flex Brake hose

Postby Lumpy » January 30th 2012, 5:59am

I simply extended the bracket. Used a piece of metal bracket that I had lying around that had 3/8 holes about every inch. Used simple 1/4-20 bolts. Used the same material for an extension for my diff air vent hose thingie.


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Re: Rear flex Brake hose

Postby trapper20 » January 30th 2012, 6:00am

I just mounted it lower, I have an 8" lift and have had no problems. I will agree, a longer line would be ideal, but you can get enough just by lowering the bracket.
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Re: Rear flex Brake hose

Postby Heavyopp [OP] » January 30th 2012, 6:34am

It certainly would be easy enough to lower the bracket but... there's gotta be a better way.

I wonder if I could make a reducer fitting by welding 2 unions together. I think there are steel.

I have a Napa with a great selection of fittings right around the corner. I guess I'll have to stop in and see what I could do.

A welded, make shift reducer would be DOT approved -- Right?
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Re: Rear flex Brake hose

Postby 97cargocrawler » January 30th 2012, 8:56am

I saw this in another thread...not sure which one but you might want to check the part out and see if it will work for you:
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Re: Rear flex Brake hose

Postby Heavyopp [OP] » January 30th 2012, 4:39pm

Napa 38624 --,Length:17.75",Type of Ends:7/16" - 24 Internal & 3/8" - 24.

That looks like it except its not stainless braided. I'll go see if my local Napa has it. $14.95 online.

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Re: Rear flex Brake hose

Postby 97cargocrawler » January 30th 2012, 5:20pm

Stainless braided hose works but man does it look like chit after about a year when the fancy transparent plastic sheath turns an opaque yellowish tint. I spent a small fortune on stainless hoses for my front brakes and they look like absolute garbage 3 years later. Better to buy it without the clear plastic if you can. Some sell it without. Let us know what you find.
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Re: Rear flex Brake hose

Postby Heavyopp [OP] » January 30th 2012, 5:28pm

I wasn't really after the look but rather the squeeze factor of the stainless braid not allowing the hose to expand under pressure.
I just had a chat with Jegs -- no dice there.

I guess I could have it made but I'm just gonna run that line from Napa at $15.
It gives me the extension I want without having to move the bracket down.

Thanks for the part #
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Re: Rear flex Brake hose

Postby 97cargocrawler » January 31st 2012, 7:08am

I'm going to make my own braided lines. You can buy stainless braid and slide it over the fittings, then secure the ends somehow. I can get the braid for free, hence why I'm going that route. As long as the ends cannot move the center cannot bulge out.
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Re: Rear flex Brake hose

Postby Lumpy » January 31st 2012, 3:05pm

97cargocrawler wrote:I'm going to make my own braided lines. You can buy stainless braid and slide it over the fittings, then secure the ends somehow...



Heat shrink tubing is the method in the kit I have. The stainless steel braid is hard to cut because the wire is so tough. Aviation snips just bends the stuff. I have to use dikes and cut a couple of wires at a time till I get all the way through the entire piece of braid. Use your Craftsman dikes because it'll dull the blades and you'll want to exchange them for a new pair.


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Re: Rear flex Brake hose

Postby Shad0wXCalibur » January 31st 2012, 10:32pm

My rear brake hose still has a safe amount of length left even with the S10 HD springs I installed so you should be fine :shrug: . Even if I jack up the van til the wheels come off the ground, the hose is nearly straight but not tight.
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