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Old 10-19-2003, 10:49 PM
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Brake flaring tools

Just wondering if any knew of a plice I could order a double flaring tool for brake lines.

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Old 10-19-2003, 11:11 PM
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Most parts stores have them, but due to my tendency to break tools, I just got the free loaner, (deposit ) rental from Autozone, and payed $1.50 for warranty.

Worked ok, since I already have two with the 3/16 flare sheared off I figured why buy another.

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harbor freight has one......
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flare kit

my ridgid kit is great however its easy to snap the prong off the end of the double insert and i found out he reason
i now use a hack saw in stead off the rotory cutter
the motion of the wheels work hardens the bundy tube
it allso cause's a down size in the pipe so when the insert goes in the prong get a heap of pressure or force grabbing and holding it this item is hardened and wont stand any abuse
while they make a great flare i've had to pay twice now to finish a job because the insert is an order in job
lucky the guy at brakes plus understands
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Old 10-20-2003, 04:51 AM
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Re: flare kit

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my ridgid kit is great however its easy to snap the prong off the end of the double insert and i found out he reason
i now use a hack saw in stead off the rotory cutter
the motion of the wheels work hardens the bundy tube
it allso cause's a down size in the pipe so when the insert goes in the prong get a heap of pressure or force grabbing and holding it this item is hardened and wont stand any abuse
while they make a great flare i've had to pay twice now to finish a job because the insert is an order in job
lucky the guy at brakes plus understands
Just a suggestion. A good tubing cutter has a triangular blade on it to ream out the inside diameter of the tubing where you have cut it off. This will make inserting the adapter easier as well as result in a very good double flared end. I've had my double flairing tool for over 40 years and it still works great and I've not had any breakage of the inserts.
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I love this place. One less tool to break in the future... Hundreds to go.

Thanks for the info on what causes those doubles to fail.

Jim
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I'm sorry to say but my local Harbor Freight does not have a double flare just a single.

Thanks for the Ridgid tip I'll look them up and see if I can get a catalog.

My thoughts on tools.
You never have enough.
Use the best one for the job.
Get the best one you can afford.
Spend more than you think is enough and go for the quality. It'll just last longer and do a better job.
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Just a thought. Buy the kit from Harbor and buy a 3/16 insert from NAPA/CarQuest,etc. Good luck
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The most important key to using one of these double flare tools is the prep of the cut end. ONLY use a tubing cutter for a perfectly square end. ALWAYS ream the end of the tube to get rid of the squished end. Tube end must be perfectly square and not reduced in diameter. Do these two steps and you will get great results most of the time. I didn't think the ream job was that necessary when I first started doing brake lines ('til I broke a couple of the dies!) but it is critical.
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Thanks for all the advice guys. And the hints on how to keep the tool in good condition and working right.
Thats just the way I like to do it. Do it right the first time, that way I don't have to do it a second time.
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