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Old 08-16-2018, 04:02 PM
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Braided lines

I am changing the rubber brake lines from caliper. A friend gave me Russell braided lines. On the package it says "WARNING, competition off road use only. not certified for highway use".

Bud says I can still use them for my car. Does anyone out there know if I can for sure? Thanks.

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Old 08-16-2018, 04:20 PM
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They are most likely the same lines as their DOT version. Are they legal, not really but there are thousands of folks using them (mine, see AVATAR, are Russell but DOT certified). Your state may, at inspection time, reject your car. Also, if you are in a brake failure related accident, a lawyer will use that against you in a law suit. I did have a non DOT line fail but was able to stop the car with no damage. I insist on the DOT lines now. They aren't that expensive in the overall scheme of things.

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Braided lines

I, too had a braided line pull away from the end fitting. If you are driving a fenderless car then use the shiny stuff. For my '39 it's all tucked up out of sight so rubber and copper nickel steel lines.
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Russell is just covering their a z z legal-wise, because they didn't submit and pay the big $$$ to get them "DOT Certified". You can use them on the street, Teflon lined braided lines can give a more firm pedal feel as they don't expand and give a little like a stock rubber line does.

Ireland's Child is right about the legal falling back to you if an accident results from a non-dot line failure.
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Ive had a set of un-dot braided lines on my panhead for 25 years or so with no problems

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