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Old December 12th, 2004, 10:42 PM
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Brake Line ?

Hello ! I have a hard brake line ? I replaced my calipers today and in doing so I had some issues with the following component (see picture please).

I have made a make do hard brake line using a metal cutter and a flaring tool however it is only make do and I will need to replace it as the one I made is not up to genuine land rover standards (i.e. it is holding fluid - LOL ). All kidding aside, it is too long and does not fit properly, but it works for now.

I have asked around and I have been unable to locate this part? Any suggestions? Thanks!
EDIT: Rigid Brake Line/Pipe AB says they have it but might have to bend............
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Old December 13th, 2004, 12:43 AM
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The nice thing about brake lines is that the only real requirements are that the replacement has the same fittings and same inside diameter. As long as it's safely routed and properly connected, I wouldn't worry too much. I'd just get a length of brake line from the local parts shop then bend, cut and flare it to match the original specs. Many dealerships and most regular mechanics, don't even bother ordering the factory replacement lines because it's quicker and cheaper to fabricate new ones as needed.

I am assuming those are the REAR calipers by the fact you have a hardline going to the caliper, correct?
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Old December 13th, 2004, 12:58 AM
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That part was on back order for over a year! Had to bend one up, no biggy, NAPA part similar length did not even have to flare ends.

I believe they are back in stock now. Check with dealer ~$15

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Old December 13th, 2004, 09:38 AM
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Mellisa, I have a pair of them brand new that I am not using. If you are interested, Let me know. I will try to post a pic later. I also have a set of brand new LR front rubber lines. You can make your own but you must have the right flaring tool. Rover does not use standard double flares to let you know. THey use bublle flares and they use a completely different tool.
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Old December 13th, 2004, 03:55 PM
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I always replace pipes like this with "home made" ones in copper. It doesn't rust unlike standard Rover brake pipe. It's nothing special, just make sure that the flares are done properly and the pipe actually holds fluid in under pressure. I always jump on the brake pedal with both feet a few times by way of a pressure test. If nothing breaks/leaks then it's fixed, make sure you bleed the brakes before "pressure testing"
Then it's road/ trail test time
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Old December 13th, 2004, 04:44 PM
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Mellisa, I have a pair of them brand new that I am not using. If you are interested, Let me know. I will try to post a pic later. I also have a set of brand new LR front rubber lines. You can make your own but you must have the right flaring tool. Rover does not use standard double flares to let you know. THey use bublle flares and they use a completely different tool.
Hello and thank you for the help. This is the driver side left caliper. Randy that would be great! I will take a picture later of my contraption! Trust me this is very rigged -- there is a story behind the caliper and the hard brake line!

I have a flaring tool kit. I bought a piece of metal bent it all up like the original then took the screws off the old and placed them on the new one. The peice I made was too long ..So I had to bend it up a little more.
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Old December 14th, 2004, 12:18 PM
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Well you have a flaring tool
All you need now is a tape measure so the pipes turn out nearer the correct length
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Old December 14th, 2004, 02:19 PM
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Oh, Come on Mike..How many Chicís you know driving around with flare tool kits, metal benders, and extra hard brake line?!? LOL


Yeah, the one I made I did measure but I wanted to leave a little extra for that "margin of error". However it was FAR from perfect. LOL I need another original one b/c the old line I destroyed!?!
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Here you go Rover Chic. THe one on the left is from rover and the right one I made. I don't need them since after I made them, I went with SS lines.

I also have 2 front rubber lines if needed.
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Hi Randy. Thanks for the follow up post. After careful review of the brakelines I am not sure that they will screw back into the rubber hose part of the brake system. I had to use a tap to fix the caliper I have now. I will email or pm offline about these two items.
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After careful review of the brakelines I am not sure that they will screw back into the rubber hose part of the brake system. I had to use a tap to fix the caliper I have now.

Safety critical part

Be very careful modifying/bodging brake parts, they'll let go just when you need them most.
I'm sure you know what you're doing and only used the tap to clean out the threads.......
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Old December 18th, 2004, 01:17 PM
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Here are a few pics of what I was able to come up with. I had to Tap the caliper itself and I am waiting on an other caliper to come so that I can do this the right way. For now all is well though. (knock on wood)!?! Mel

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Looks very tidy
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Other than ECR, who else makes SS brake lines for the Defenders? Btw, Rockware no longer does.
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No one, but you can get the same thing at the same price from classic tube.
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No one, but you can get the same thing at the same price from classic tube.
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Old March 5th, 2007, 05:45 PM
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They use Cuniferô instead of SS, supposedly just as good???
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