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Gotta have them - Definite improvement 23 44.23%
Can live without them - Not enough improvement to warrant the expense 8 15.38%
No benefit - No need to get them. 2 3.85%
Dont have them, but plan to get a set. 19 36.54%
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Old 09-15-2008, 12:39 PM   #1
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Default Braided brake lines - yay or nay?

So how about a poll.

Who's got them?, Who likes them? Worthwhile upgrade or could have gone without? Who thinks its not a necessity for a street driven car?
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Old 09-15-2008, 12:43 PM   #2
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I have a theory that it may improve brake feel with some, old brake lines.

I installed Goodridge SS lines in the wife's Focus with 30k miles, and they didn't do squat.
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:( I cant edit the polls options? I made a small error want to change it.
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I have them. Always have been one of the first upgrades to any car I've had. Definitely worthwhile and no reason not to have them. The change in brake feel isn't OMG WOW!, but you can tell the difference.
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Thing is that people change the lines and change other things as well, which may have what caused the improvement.

In my wife's Focus, I changed no other things, except the fluid, which was still fresh. No improvement.
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I put them on my car at 40k miles, didn't make a difference.
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Side note: I changed just the fluid. Made a noticeable difference. That said I could see changing the lines AND the fluid making a noticeable difference, but the difference coming from changing fluid not the lines. Might be something to consider. Like if you're thinking of getting lines, try flushing and bleeding the system first. Might be the improvement you were looking for at less cost.
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I have them, cant say I noticed a difference. Id assume there more of a safety thing for tracking the car.
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i can tell the difference. pedal is much firmer, more direct responce.
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i can tell the difference. pedal is much firmer, more direct responce.
Firmer where?

Weird question but bear with me. My brake pedal is soft at the beginning of its travel and then firms a lot towards the bottom.

Is yours the same yet even firmer toward the end or is it now firmer throughout the travel?
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Firmer where?

Weird question but bear with me. My brake pedal is soft at the beginning of its travel and then firms a lot towards the bottom.

Is yours the same yet even firmer toward the end or is it now firmer throughout the travel?
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ps: i had those on my red miata and they did all the difference at braking on the track. waiting for 1.8 brakes for this car to install new brake lines.
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Don't have them, but plan on 'em soon.
Have heard from many that just the lines themselves will get you a firmer pedal feel. Don't know until I experience for myself.
What I do know is that they keep the lines from ballooning and will be a pure benefit in a performance standpoint.
Whether you feel 'em doing squat or not, they are better.
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Firmer where?

Weird question but bear with me. My brake pedal is soft at the beginning of its travel and then firms a lot towards the bottom.

yes, mine feel firm throughout the entire range, very noticeable if I DD my altima for a week...if you have ABS it's hard to get away from the initial soft feel.
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yes, mine feel firm throughout the entire range, very noticeable if I DD my altima for a week...if you have ABS it's hard to get away from the initial soft feel.
No ABS here.

But now you got me thinking. I guess ill think about it. Its only 100 bucks.
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i have them it may help when you break fluid gets hot from the turbo near the lines causing the break fluid to heat up and cause poor pressure. maybe the metal lines help because maybe the hot rubber lines would expand more with the heat.
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yep, the whole idea is that the brake lines don't expand when you press the pedal.

I need to dig up the picture of the guy who used about 50 zip ties on each line and did it the ghetto way....


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Now that is PURE ghetto!
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Hahahaha. That's great. Zip ties... I'm gonna do that to my old 86' Trooper II one day. Pedal in that truck SUCKS. I know it's the rubber brake lines cause that's the only piece of the damn brake system that isn't < 1yr. old. The pedal sucks forever then it finally gets good and once it's firm you can lock up those 33x12.50's. But who would have thought zip ties.
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Someone put zip ties for an option in the pole.
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have them and love them...i noticed a difference especially auto-x'ing


oh yeah, and i can hook you up on some as well for about $95 shipped...i actually plan on having a groupbuy on some once the blankets are finished lol.
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