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Old 02-04-2008, 01:40 AM   #1
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Question Stainless steel brake lines to match car model or brake upgrade?

This may be an obvious question, but I know little about brakes...

SS brake lines are designated by reference to a certain model of car, eg. "for 05 WRX". If I purchase SS brake line upgrades should I get the lines that are made for my model car or the lines that match my upgraded brakes?

I presume it is the model of car, but when I asked vendors they all refused to comment (presumably to duck liability). Can anyone confirm/deny my suspicion?
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well if you are currently using original lines for your model vehicle then SS lines for the same model will work
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Old 02-04-2008, 09:12 AM   #3
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what are your upgraded brakes, did you do brembos or something?
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Old 02-04-2008, 01:05 PM   #4
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Edit: Turns out I was wrong, and I had the right answer in my PM's from awhile ago.

You want the brake lines to match the body of the car. The general length becomes an issue depending on where the hardline exits the body of the car to go to the caliper changes. So the length from there to the caliper is the most important facet.

your car shares a lot with the GC's. So those are the lines you want, and can be found pretty cheaply from vendors. You share calipers/rotors with the RS's anyway.
go look on legacycentral too for more info.

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Old 02-04-2008, 03:54 PM   #5
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Thanks.

This is still a hypothetical. I am spec-ing the upgrade. I am looking at all of the options, but find the cable compatibility issue confusing.

So, if I understand correctly, the skinny is:

Whatever brake I upgrade to - I choose the line (aka brake hose) that matches the caliper. My car body model is irrelevant.
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not exactly

Most subaru calipers I've seen use banjo fittings on the caliper end - and they are the same. Also - the length is fine for all Impreza's - everything is in about the same place

The fittings on the strut are what differs - my $$ says if you get GC lines they will work for any Impreza brakes on your car.
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I see. I would be prepared to bet you are right. Many GC suspension components are directly swappable.

For the sake of clarity - when you say "fitting on the strut", do you mean the little plastic bracket that goes in the hole in the metal flap on the strut, the dimension of the line at that point, or what?
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Old 02-06-2008, 10:24 PM   #8
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Edit: Turns out I was wrong, and I had the right answer in my PM's from awhile ago.

You want the brake lines to match the body of the car. The general length becomes an issue depending on where the hardline exits the body of the car to go to the caliper changes. So the length from there to the caliper is the most important facet.

your car shares a lot with the GC's. So those are the lines you want, and can be found pretty cheaply from vendors. You share calipers/rotors with the RS's anyway.
go look on legacycentral too for more info.
I only just saw this edit to your post. Thanks for the info. That makes sense. If the fittings are generally the same then the length is the issue. Gottit.

In case anyone is reading this in future - I also found this post which was quite useful:

http://legacycentral.org/library/brake_lines.htm


Thanks everyone.
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