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Old 01-31-2008, 06:23 PM
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Heat the stainless?

I have read of the problems with stainless steel brake lines. Leaky , can't double flair, and flairing on a 37 degree. Unfortunitly I read all of this after I bought my new stainless lines from sumit. My question is can you heat the line with a torch and then double flair it or is this just dumb. I do have the use of a snap on hydrualic flair tool. Will this double flair it or is that another dumb question. The car is going to used often so I don't want to worry about leaks. Maybe just go to normal steel lines eh? Hmmm.

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Old 01-31-2008, 06:56 PM
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If you use a good flaring tool you wont have any issues. I did a few in my bucket and used a snap-on tool and they sealed just fine. I don't think heating them is a good idea, might make the flare brittle.
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Did you double flare or just the 37 degree?
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Don't heat the lines, you can do more damage than good.


No heat.

If the lines won't flare with a good hydraulic tool without splitting, you don't have the soft annealed line and you need to flare it using a 37* single flare.


You can double flare @ 45* the soft annealed tubing with a high quality hand flaring tool.

Did you read all of the links that were in the thread on the same subject from yesterday?
Stainless brake lines, sealing flare fittings problems

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Yes I read all he links from yesterday. All good stuff.I was just hoping someone had tried to heat them. As I said I don't want any leaks down the road.
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Here is a thread that someone asks the same question.

flaring Stainless (tips, tricks)

Oldred has some things to say about heating it.

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Hmmm. Interesting. Now I don't know what to do. I'm going to try all the different ways. I got the tubing anyways. Nothing ventured.... thax guys.
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