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Old 07-13-2013, 12:52 AM   #1
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Default HELP! wore hole in hard brake line!

I could use some help asap. I have a home made short ram intake on my wrx (yes i'm tuned for it) that never really sat perfectly in the engine bay. It pushed up against the hard brake lines right next to the factory airbox. I have had this intake on for about 3-4 years with no real issues. But today I got in my car and my brake pedal went right to the floor. Upon investigation I realized the K&N intake wore a hole through my hard brake line! I never though this was possible...

My question, is it possible the bad section can be cut out and a new piece be clamped in safely? Or do I have to replace the whole line. I know this happened b/c of my pos intake but thank god it didn't blow on the highway





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Old 07-13-2013, 01:14 AM   #2
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New line is needed. You can make your own, or buy from Subaru. Though seeing what you did, i would buy an Oe unit, and get someone to fix your intake
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Old 07-13-2013, 01:34 AM   #3
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New line is needed. You can make your own, or buy from Subaru. Though seeing what you did, i would buy an Oe unit, and get someone to fix your intake
Do you know where I could find the part number for it? I'm not having any luck finding it.
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Old 07-13-2013, 02:41 AM   #4
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Do you know where I could find the part number for it? I'm not having any luck finding it.
Just buy a long hardline from autozone and bend it in place. Won't take you long, and its easy
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:13 AM   #5
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Or just go to parts store get a compression fitting. Cut out the small section that has hole, bleed brakes, go do a canyon run. If done correctly it will be perfectly fine. I have done it on large passenger buses with no issues
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:56 AM   #6
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years ago i did the exact same thing.
GL trying fabricate and bending a brake line to fit.
the bend tool at the autoparts store is like $2.79......that should tell you everything.
that brake line might be 5ft long with 5 bends.....forget it save yourself the trouble.

i found that out the hard way
i eventually had to break down and go to the dealer
subaru does not sell lines separately, you have to by the whole bird's nest of lines
wasnt too bad, maybe $150 for my RS 8yrs ago
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:37 PM   #7
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salvage yard?
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:12 PM   #8
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I ended up just getting a new one from the dealer. I don't have the experience or car friends to help with the brake line repair so I'll just replace the whole thing. Was about $150. I'm planning on selling the car soon and I'd rather do the right thing and replace the line.

It looks like I'll have to disconnect the brake booster from the firewall and access the lines from there. It looks to just be 4 bolts and it slides out. Does that sound right?
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Or just go to parts store get a compression fitting. Cut out the small section that has hole, bleed brakes, go do a canyon run. If done correctly it will be perfectly fine. I have done it on large passenger buses with no issues
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I ended up just getting a new one from the dealer. I don't have the experience or car friends to help with the brake line repair so I'll just replace the whole thing. Was about $150. I'm planning on selling the car soon and I'd rather do the right thing and replace the line.
You should do the next owner a favor and fab some kind of cover for that brake line...or wrap it in shielding or duct tape or put a plastic cup over it...something.
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Old 07-15-2013, 03:16 PM   #11
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You should do the next owner a favor and fab some kind of cover for that brake line...or wrap it in shielding or duct tape or put a plastic cup over it...something.
Oh it'll be fixed. I will be modifying the intake so it won't touch anything. Hell I'll do that and wrap the lines in rubber. It looks like I'm going to have to unbolt the brake booster from the firewall to access the hard lines. From my research its just 4 bolts inside the cab and then it should pull out. Does that sound right? Anything else I'm missing?
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i think your on the right track
you might only need to 'set back' the booster to let you have enought room
try that b4 removing the master cylinder connected to the booster

so how long was the dmgd hard brake line????
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:43 AM   #13
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i think your on the right track
you might only need to 'set back' the booster to let you have enought room
try that b4 removing the master cylinder connected to the booster

so how long was the dmgd hard brake line????
The brake line without bends is probably around 6 feet. It goes from the FL headlight all the way back to the firewall and across the engine bay to the booster. Parts should be coming in today...
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:04 PM   #14
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ha ha
you would of "Hulked it" for over 4hrs trying to bend that thing
AND the line would of looked like ass(if you managed to not to kink the 6ft line)
you chose correctly buying the $150 part
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as a bonus, i have used the extra lines, like 4 times now, to bleed clutch/brake master cylinders for freinds and family.
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