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I have not had an oil line failure and am on original lines 37 24.03%
I have not had an oil line failure and I replaced my lines 83 53.90%
I had an oil line failure, but the truck did not catch fire 21 13.64%
I had an oil line failure and the truck caught fire and I put it out or it burned 13 8.44%
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Old May 21st, 2009, 08:40 PM
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Oil Line Failure Poll -- Or Did Your Defender Catch Fire Yet?

Please answer the above poll. State year and miles if you recall.

1995 146k no failure yet. I will let the current owners answer for my previous D90s.
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Old May 21st, 2009, 09:10 PM
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Think i was coming back from gas chamber when it happen on local roads so i lucked out. Getting back to the barracks and replacing them is another story.
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Old May 21st, 2009, 09:22 PM
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1994 - 60k miles - No fire yet. I removed my sandwich plate until I have some new lines made up. I figure it's far better than having my lines torch my truck.
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Old May 21st, 2009, 09:48 PM
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1994 D90..oil lines ruptured several years ago at 80000 miles and caught fire in the middle of one of our notorious jammed Houston freeways. I was able to get across 5 lanes of traffic and get it under control (smothered it with my shirt). Not too much damage, mostly wiring. Luckily the paint didn't suffer other than a little darkening.. At the time, no one was talking about aftermarket kits, so mine were replaced with stock.. I worry about it every time I drive but can't quite figure out what kit / parts to buy. At least my stock ones are newer.....
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Old May 21st, 2009, 10:25 PM
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In my original post I commented that I thought my pan was leaking; turns out it is the ring on the 2nd line. Ordered ss ones tonight.
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Old May 21st, 2009, 10:39 PM
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Ron, You have heard me belly ache about my lines. I am happy to say that as of tonight the truck is road ready and I ma taking it out in the morning. Just in time for the nice weather. For the benefit of the group my '94 D90 123,000 miles blew a few weeks ago. I was able to pull over and immediately hit the engine compartment with a fire extinguisher. I highly recommend keeping one on board at all times. Many thanks to ECR for the ideas on replacing lines. I went to a local Hydraulic shop and I was able to put together the lines. See below
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Old May 21st, 2009, 11:11 PM
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Mine went a few months ago on the highway. Just happened to look and see a cloud of white smoke in the rear view! Pulled over and shut down. Opened the hood and no fire, but oil was everywhere. Long oil trail from where I pulled off the road. Still trying to clean the stains off the inside of the hood.

1995 at 49k miles. Replaced with stock, didn't know there where other options at the time. I talked my father into replacing his lines after that. The ones off his, 1994 with 55k, looked perfect?
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Old May 21st, 2009, 11:18 PM
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I hope Mike doesn't mind me transferring this story to this post. For all the guys who feel okay with their stock new lines:

Quote:
Originally Posted by ECR
We built a 110 Green Hi-Cap once. It went to CO and sat in a garge for 2 years. Then came back to ME and sat in a garage for a year. Total miles since rebuild and new oil cooler lines (factory style) was about 12,000. Truck was rarely used and always stored inside. It then got sold to a guy in NY and the first day he had it it had an oil line fire and burnt to the ground. The lines looked brand new visually, still had decals on them and everything and the truck had no other leaks.
Needless to say we never let any trucks go out of ECR with factory lines anymore. Even if the customer does not want to pay... I'll do them anyway at not charge if need be.

It is pure stupidity to be running the factory lines IMO. If you don't have any money, take the stupid cooler lines off.
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I highly recommend keeping one on board at all times.
I wonder who told you to do that?
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 12:09 AM
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1995 Around 130K I got real lucky there wasnt a fire.
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90K now on orignal lines - waiting for my ECR ones to show up actually.....then doing a major service and replacing them amonst other things
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Replaced my lines as soon as I became aware of the problem.

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(still mildly curious why I got some nasty replies when I made a similar thread a couple years ago.)
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 12:01 PM
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Replaced mine with teflon SS braid within 24 hours of ownership.
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 12:25 PM
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95 sw 60k miles, replaced lines after i bought it last year even though it had fairly new stock lines that had replaced original. keith at copley pooh-poohed changing lines when he sold me the truck but after seeing all the pictures of toasted defenders i went ahead and did it. used ECR's site to put together DIY kit.
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 12:30 PM
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Mine just went @ 153K miles.

Luckily I was pulling into a driveway and shut her down quickly. No fire, but it made one hell of a mess.

Of course, my hood latch went at the same time and I got to find out that my fire extinguisher didn't work. So I waited patiently for a few minutes to see what a D90 bonfire would look like. No such luck.

Now I've got some rockin' braided stainless lines and hood pins.

This thread reminds me I should replace my fire extinguisher, maybe get 2 while I am at it.
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 01:51 PM
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100K - Lines are original and in good condition. Will be replacing anyway in the next several weeks. Any recommendations for a decent fire extinguisher though and a mount?
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I use a bigish (6in in daimeter) one from wal-mart/home depot (ABC I think?) and it fits right behind the cubby box wedged up against the internal V bar part of the roll cage. No mount needed and easy to access. Cheap too at <$30

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Old May 22nd, 2009, 02:05 PM
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Replaced around 110,000 miles with stainless braided last year when I got her.
Previous owner added oil line insulation 10yrs ago but I wanted to be a little more sure
than some tin foil like material protecting me from a oil line fire.
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 02:34 PM
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Define "caught fire". Mine were mostly smoke, possibly small flames, but a fire extinguisher was certainly used
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 02:49 PM
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125k, no fire, and Brent from Columbia Rovers was kind enough to send the braided SS lines with the truck when shipped cross country.
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