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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:06 pm 
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Car Model: 9-3 (2001) 2.0 SE Turbo Petrol
Looking for advice from anyone with experience of brake line replacement. Not something I've done myself, and I've not read up anything on it yet.

Car is waiting for some welding, but while it's waiting, one of the repair jobs it needed was brake line (right side) work. In two places I think, and I'd thought it might as well have all the brake lines replaced. At least all the lines on the right half.

Question i had was, do I even bother with this or is it a specialist task to make up pipes to fit and best just left to a garage? Does anyone bother looking for used parts, or just let the garage make up some lines when the time comes?

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:38 pm 
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Many on here have done it. Best material is Kunifer (cupro-nickel) pipe which can be bought in coils. You will also need the right fittings and a flaring tool, and, ideally, a bender.
Some motor factors used to do it, using your removed pipe as a template and making a new one with the fittings on. Not sure how many still do that.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:56 pm 
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Came across this site which might help:

https://www.autodoc.co.uk/car-parts/bra ... 0-se-turbo?

or this ebay offering (interesting as it is only 10 miles from me!):

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brake-Pipes- ... SwxbtZbgQq

but there are lots of kits available on ebay.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:08 pm 
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Deadly once you start spotting things near you on eBay!!

Cheers for the feedback Alan. I’ll go take a look and do some reading.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:15 am 
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TWSaab wrote:
Came across this site which might help:

https://www.autodoc.co.uk/car-parts/bra ... 0-se-turbo?

or this ebay offering (interesting as it is only 10 miles from me!):

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brake-Pipes- ... SwxbtZbgQq

but there are lots of kits available on ebay.


handy links them, i've saved em for when daughters car is due its mot ( not mine )


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:38 pm 
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Just recently re-piped one of our non-Saab project cars with kunifer. Don't waste your time with copper, kunifer is almost as cheap, and is much less prone to brittleness around joints and shearing off. It's slightly harder to work with, as it work hardens when formed, so you get one or two goes at shaping it and that's it. Upside is it straightens beautifully, and has none of that waviness that copper pipes can be prone to. It's also resistant to oxidisation, so won't turn green after a year. Also, treat yourself to a decent flaring tool. The little Draper type sets in the case are all well and good, but the dies bend, and you end up with off centre flares that won't seal. I bought the one in the link below and it makes very good flares. Also, stainless unions will make life much more pleasant in a few years if it ever needs to come apart, and aren't much more expensive.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brake-Pipe-F ... 2815053600

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:33 pm 
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Thanks for the link. Must be good as it’s out of stock!! I’ll stick a watch on it.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:12 pm 
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I bought mine from these people, I had to buy both the Din and Sae tools (separately) to be able to make inline joints and flared ends for fitting into flexi hoses, so if you are going to do a few of them I would suggest you buy them together for maximum saving ...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/mk1classicparts

They are good tools and can be used on the car (some can't) which is very handy. Looks like they are out of stock there too for now though ....

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:32 pm 
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Did you have to buy DIN and SAE for different cars? From a quick search, these are the equivalent to metric and imperial pipe sizes (unless I’m mid-reading).

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