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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.

Thanks in advance.
 

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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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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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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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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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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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