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Thread: Braided (Stainless) Steel Brake Lines?

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    Braided (Stainless) Steel Brake Lines?

    Is there a general consensus on what steel brake lines are the ones to go with? Or any to explicitly stay away from? StopTech's seem to be a popular choice . . .

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    Stoptech is a good brand. I use Bavauto rear lines with ECS front lines. I prefer the ones with the plastic coating on the outside of the SS line to prevent abrasions with other parts in the fender area.

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    I like the ones, ECSTuning offers.

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    I like this thread as I will be purchasing soon to go along with my new brakes. I used to always use Goodridge back in the day, never had problems with them. But, I too prefer those with the rubber coating over the braiding to prevent chaffing.

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    I've bought SS lines from Turner, ECSTuning, & StopTech, here's the installation review:

    - Turner's lines did not include the anti-chafe rubber grommets to secure it in the line brackets; cut my old ones off and superglued them on the new lines; braided with clear covering; perfect fit length-wise
    - ECSTuning's lines do not secure tightly in the rear bracket; did include new rubber grommets on the lines; braided with red covering looks good; lines are not the perfect length, you make it work but there's some extra length
    - StopTech lines included new anti-chafe rubber grommets front & rear; secure into front and rear brackets perfectly; perfect length; line is braided with clear coating

    Price difference - ECS was $90-ish, StopTech was $110, Turner was $120-ish.

    Get the StopTech's from Ray (Smilez), he'll cut you a break when you buy a whole package from him.

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    Thanks for the review. Just to clarify though, they all have the rubberized coating over the SS braiding, just not all include the little round grommets...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BCS_ZHP View Post
    I've bought SS lines from Turner, ECSTuning, & StopTech, here's the installation review:

    - Turner's lines did not include the anti-chafe rubber grommets to secure it in the line brackets; cut my old ones off and superglued them on the new lines; braided with clear covering; perfect fit length-wise
    - ECSTuning's lines do not secure tightly in the rear bracket; did include new rubber grommets on the lines; braided with red covering looks good; lines are not the perfect length, you make it work but there's some extra length
    - StopTech lines included new anti-chafe rubber grommets front & rear; secure into front and rear brackets perfectly; perfect length; line is braided with clear coating

    Price difference - ECS was $90-ish, StopTech was $110, Turner was $120-ish.
    Thanks for the reviews, but I'm a bit confused: doesn't Turner sell the StopTech ones? Or are they made for Turner, like "Turner Motorsports by StopTech", so they're slightly different?

    Quote Originally Posted by BCS_ZHP View Post
    Get the StopTech's from Ray (Smilez), he'll cut you a break when you buy a whole package from him.
    Good idea! I'll shoot him a PM!

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    Last year about this time, I got a Turner set-up with Brmbo slotted rotors, Mintex ceramic pads, and no-name-on-the-bag SS lines, there were no rubber round grommets on those lines. Anyway, Turner is more expensive then Ray individually or as a package.

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    For the ZHP, I initially went with the UUC stainless steel braided lines then got the BMW Performance BBKs which came with their own set of stainless steel braided lines so I now have a mix of both UUC lines (in back) and the BMW Performace lines (front).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crickett View Post
    Thanks for the reviews, but I'm a bit confused: doesn't Turner sell the StopTech ones? Or are they made for Turner, like "Turner Motorsports by StopTech", so they're slightly different?

    sometimes they have other stainless steal lines with no name, that company can name their own.

    Good idea! I'll shoot him a PM!

    thanks

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