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Old September 16th, 2015, 06:55 AM
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Disco 1 Brake Line Fittings

Need some help. Any guys out there been here and done this recently? I need advice on where you can recommend sourcing these suckers right the first time. My son's D1's rear lines from the abs modulator shat the bed this past weekend so I'm looking to replace from the mod to the rear axle. We're looking at 4 lines, 2 mid-line connectors and applicable fittings.

Zack, as always, has been helpful but RN can't get the lines that are available until a week from this Friday.

The need is closer to the urgent side as he is a busy kid with HS sports, training to be a fire fighter on evenings/weekends and working part time.

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Old September 16th, 2015, 07:43 AM
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Other than checking stock with the usual suspects, you cold Ty a local industrial hydraulic shop and have some made. The other option is to make your own from copper/nickel line. -Jeff
yep, thanks Jeff, I've checked some of the usual suspects. Line shops are so fickle IME. But I have found one recently that was helpful with a PAS line that I needed to modify. I had to use Bobeck's idea to tell them it was for a tractor. The 4 I visited prior were too shy to help when I told them it was for a 83 Land Rover. . Maybe the experience would be different if they are building the lines from scratch.
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Old September 16th, 2015, 07:52 AM
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If you decided to make your own, everything can be sourced from Fedhill brake line - Where to buy brake line, fuel line, brake line flaring tools, brake line nuts and brake line fittings
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Old September 16th, 2015, 08:06 AM
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sweet, thanks Kevin. I'll give them a call when they wake up this morning to
see if they have knowledge re the ABS unions I'd need.
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Old September 16th, 2015, 08:19 AM
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I bet you can reuse your original fittings.
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Old September 16th, 2015, 08:19 AM
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Do you know if it's all M10? I know when I did the ABS modular delete I used 4 M10s and 1 M12. LR doesn't list the size
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Old September 16th, 2015, 08:25 AM
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Do you know if it's all M10? I know when I did the ABS modular delete I used 4 M10s and 1 M12. LR doesn't list the size
I've never had an LR with ABS.... but I believe most fittings are M10 with a couple of M12.
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This is helpful. My experience with my 110 PAS line has made me a bit gun shy because everyone took one look at the fitting and gave me that stare like I was from another universe.
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Old September 16th, 2015, 08:33 AM
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This is what I picked up when I had to do a line to the caliper....
Nut pack, European metric for 3/16€/4.75mm tube (15 pieces): nothing like a good euro nut pack! :-)
And I keep the extra fittings in the emergency box.
The tricky part for me was making the proper flares.
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I've never had an LR with ABS.... but I believe most fittings are M10 with a couple of M12.
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Just spoke to Fedhill. Similar to my experience with line shops they don't carry fitting lists and don't advise on what applications work by vehicle. Once I figure out what fittings are needed they'll likely have'm though.
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I buy cupronickel line, slip the old fitting over the end and flare the new line. Parker stores sell the line. When a fitting is knackered I find a used one. In my exeperience line shops can make most anything needed.
I was having a power steering line made for Treys truck and while I waited they were making fuel lines, brake lines, hydro lines etc. The only guy they turned away was looking for an a/c hardline for a Timbercat. Apparently logging isn't what it used to be.
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ABP make up the lines in house. Call Eric.
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To close the loop...Pulled the lines and took them to the line shop. They gave me that look and said we can't we can't build brake lines (even though they said they could on the phone) but we'll sell you pipe that might work or we can build some out of the rubber hose. Nah, that's cool Brah.

Drove straight to NAPA bought some pipe and decided to reuse the old fittings.
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It's just not complicated. Uncle Doug has it right. The cupronickel line is easy to form and flare. It will last damn near forever in any conditions. You can buy those sticks of steel piping from the auto parts and make do but why put out the effort and not do it right? Don't expect the razor-sharp minds at the parts store to be of any help. The best part of too many of these guys/gals is their willingness to work for suppressed wages, not their knowledge of automotive engineering. Any shop that would suggest using flex hose to create brake lines is terrifying. Can you imagine how soft the pedal would be?
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Oh totally agree. No doubt it was a simple Fit and bend job. I was more concerned I couldn't reuse the original fittings. It all turned out good. He was back on the road in time to hang with his buddies after their big game Friday night.
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I recently had to replace lines on my D1 back axle. They were M10. I just went to NAPA locally and they had a rack of straight lines with the right bubble flare and fittings and I was able to find lines very similar in length and I carefully bent them around PVC piping till I had the shape that would fit. Pretty cheap and easy.
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Orly?

You don't happen to have pics and a brief write up do you?

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Send me an email and I'll help you out. It's super easy
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I recently had to replace lines on my D1 back axle. They were M10. I just went to NAPA locally and they had a rack of straight lines with the right bubble flare and fittings and I was able to find lines very similar in length and I carefully bent them around PVC piping till I had the shape that would fit. Pretty cheap and easy.
Same here. Napa, PepBoys, etc all have 3/16" M10 bubble flare straight lines in stock. I keep a 4ft length tucked between my dash and windshield.
I've used them to replace probably a half dozen of the hard lines between the flex line and calipers on my different trucks. Some $15-20 benders make a big difference.
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I can make any and all Land Rover brake lines.EmpireRadiator.com

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