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Old 08-27-2009, 01:43 PM
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Who makes good fuel line flaring tool?

Looking for some brand/model names.
I am not looking for cheap stuff, although I don't want to spend $85 on a blue Point set.

This is for flaring 3/8 inch tubes. Double faring.

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Sorry, but if youre not willing to spend $85 for a good quality double flaring tool, then you'll most likely find that what you do buy wont do the job correctly.
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Forty plus years ago my Imperial 45* double flare kit was ~$50. I still use it as needed. Five years ago my 37* AN flare kit was ~$150 and that has been used by me many time plus several other folks who are building cars. Quality lasts!!

If you want Chinese junk to use once then trash, try the Harbor Freight $10 tool here: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=5969

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Advance Auto sold me a nice flare kit for $40. I don't know any advance auto store in your area.
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Sorry, but if youre not willing to spend $85 for a good quality double flaring tool, then you'll most likely find that what you do buy wont do the job correctly.
Ok I need good stuff. Is the Blue Point set a good one?
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Ridgid 345/150

Hey Friend, Don't know about the Blue Point set, but I can recommend a good tool. For single flares on soft (copper) tubing, you can use just about any piece of junk tool. To make a double flare on mild steel fuel lines, the junk tools won't work. I finally got aggravated trying to get a good result, went to Graingers and bought a Ridgid 345/150 set for $111.45 plus tax. It comes in a nice case w/a good cutter and the coning adapters. I think that the side locking mechanism on this tool keeps the flaring head dead centered, which results in a precision double flare not achievable with lesser tools. I threw away two el cheapos after using the Ridgid tool. olnolan
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Ok I need good stuff. Is the Blue Point set a good one?
I think Blue Point is a Snap-On company affiliate. I know that Snap-On use to sell Blue Point tools anyways. Some say that Snap-On is over priced and I tend to agree.
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Ok I need good stuff. Is the Blue Point set a good one?

bluepoint
Ridgid(my personal choice)
Snap on(over priced)

The issue with cheap flaring kits is their inability to clamp the tube correctly(tightly) when attempting a double flair. Any kit can make a decent single flair, but double flairing really requires a good clamp design, otherwise the tubing will just slip, wasitng the tube, and your time.
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There are a few on fleebay. Wondering if anyone has experience with these.

KD TOOLS
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...=STRK:MEWAX:IT

ATD TOOLS
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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Wiki'd this here: Flaring tool kits.
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Wiki'd this here: Flaring tool kits.
Wow.. Awesome. Great site.
What do you recommend of all that's listed here.
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Thanks. I'm careful not to specifically recommend any particular product/tool in the wiki article, because I'd rather approach it from a neutral point of view. The issue with the cheaper flaring tools seems to be proper clamping, but there are workarounds for that mentioned in some of the discussions in the "References" section of the article.

The wiki article is just a way to aggregate all of the relevant resources on this topic on one page, in a format that people can add to over the years. Ultimately, this turns out to be a far superior and more efficient resource than 50 or 100 scattered discussions.
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Makes sense...
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Originally Posted by FmrStrtracer
bluepoint
Ridgid(my personal choice)
Snap on(over priced)

The issue with cheap flaring kits is their inability to clamp the tube correctly(tightly) when attempting a double flair. Any kit can make a decent single flair, but double flairing really requires a good clamp design, otherwise the tubing will just slip, wasitng the tube, and your time.
Went ahead and got a RIDGID set.
http://www.toolup.com/ridgid/33927.html

Thanks.. you were right. I am glad I did not go with a cheap set.

Uh Oh.. I need a tube bender now.
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