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Old 01-08-2007, 06:30 PM   #1
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Subaru Stars SS Brake Line Install Help

searched for brake line installation help w/o much luck...

anyone have a link to a good install thread?

thanks a bunch
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Old 01-08-2007, 07:42 PM   #2
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sure.
Step 1. Unbolt brake lines
Step 2. Bolt up new brake lines
Step 3. Bleed brakes

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Old 01-08-2007, 08:17 PM   #3
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Old 01-08-2007, 08:20 PM   #4
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Or if you're not quite paying attention.....

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sure.
Step 1. Attempt to unbolt brake lines without line wrench and strip the nut.
Step 1a. Re-attempt to unbolt lines from hardline w/ channel locks or vise grips and further strip the nut followed by twisting and kinking the hard line because you didn't support the body bracket.
Steb 1b. Go to dealer and get hardline and line wrench - pay a lot and re attempt installation - this time semi successfully
Step 1c Overtighten banjo bolt and strip threads in caliper
Step 1d Get caliper re-threaded and purchase fittings to fit new size.
Step 2. Bolt up new brake lines
Step 3. Bleed brakes but forget to keep master cylinder filled and suck air into master cylainder
Step 3a. Get long hose to attach from caliper to MC to bleed MC while on steep incline
Step 4 Get more fluid
Step 5 Post on Nasioc that you did SS lines in 45 minutes and the new found pedal feel has you outbraking Porsche Cup Cars.



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There are a few subtle hints in there
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Old 01-08-2007, 08:25 PM   #5
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Use a high quality flare wrench (eg. snap on, craftmans) i first used a crappier brand and nearly striped on hard line flare nut.
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Old 01-08-2007, 09:51 PM   #6
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So sad but often true. Rush it and you shall pay...
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Old 01-09-2007, 01:37 PM   #7
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these little "hints" were what i was lookin for.....

its nice to know about special tools in advance i guess. What would be the size of the flare wrench i will need (is it fixed or adjust.)?

thanks again



would i ever use the line wrench again if i never had to change out brake lines again?
how much is it ballpark?
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Old 01-09-2007, 02:25 PM   #8
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They usually come w/ 2 sizes - one on each end....u need a 12 iirc

they can be handy at times - only about 10-15 bucks depending on what you get

Drive over here to cary and borrow mine
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Old 01-09-2007, 04:41 PM   #9
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They usually come w/ 2 sizes - one on each end....u need a 12 iirc

they can be handy at times - only about 10-15 bucks depending on what you get

Drive over here to cary and borrow mine
you need a 10mm for the flare nut on the hard line. you can use a regular wrench for the caliper banjo, which is a 12mm.
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Old 01-09-2007, 05:38 PM   #10
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ive heard issues with the abs after doing this, any one got somthin on that? im putting mine of saturday once we get the shop caught up on work
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Old 01-09-2007, 10:35 PM   #11
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you have to pay very close attention to the condition of the brake line nut... both my front ones were already a little rounded from the factory. using a wrench would have rounded them right off... instead use a vise-grip, clamp the nut tightly and "snap" the nut counter-clockwise... breaks it loose quite nicely. everything else is easy as pie
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Old 01-09-2007, 11:03 PM   #12
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use the flare wrenches and make sure you have a torque wrench for the banjo nuts. these will break very easy
try this it tells it all
http://www.scoobymods.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2731
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Old 01-10-2007, 01:58 AM   #13
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would i ever use the line wrench again if i never had to change out brake lines again?
I use my flare wrenches quite a bit. I didn't do my own brake lines (I have brake fluid), but I try to use them anywhere I have room to get it on the nut.

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Old 01-10-2007, 11:27 PM   #14
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thanks for all the good info-

this will be my 1st mod (other than my k&n)- plan to spend the weekend babying my ride:

installing ss brake lines
flush, bleed, new motul fluid
kartboy ss w/ bushings
mequires 2 step wax
tint
this is all I can afford at the moment, tax check = more madness
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Old 01-11-2007, 12:03 AM   #15
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well Brakes are the first thing you should do
Tires are Very important too! Brakes are no good if tires
suck.
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Old 01-11-2007, 06:13 PM   #16
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i look to have 1-2 more months on my stockers, i'm gonna shred em up on March 2, my 1st track day ever.

After that = tax check = rotas, kumhos, and sti pinks
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Old 10-20-2007, 09:20 PM   #17
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you have to pay very close attention to the condition of the brake line nut... both my front ones were already a little rounded from the factory. using a wrench would have rounded them right off... instead use a vise-grip, clamp the nut tightly and "snap" the nut counter-clockwise... breaks it loose quite nicely. everything else is easy as pie
Can you elaborate on this?

Are you saying to keep the brake line in the bracket with the clip on and then put the vice grip on the brake line collar that's in the bracket? Then use the 10mm box wrench to loosen?

I'm afraid to use the 10mm to do anything but hold that nut in place because I'll twist the hard line. I do NOT want to break/bend the hard line.

But... there's no good way to hold the break line collar!
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