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Old 10-29-2002, 12:54 PM   #1
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Default How long to install Stoptechs & SS Lines?

I bought some used Stptechs and have stainless steel lines and speed bleaders on the way. A local mechanic said 3 hours, maybe less. Is this too much? I'm thinking of doing it myself but have to buy some wrenches and torque wrench. And the bleeding sounds like a pain solo.

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Old 10-29-2002, 01:01 PM   #2
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Not so unreasonable. I usually charge two hours, but for someone who hasn't done it on WRX before, it'll take a little longer.

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Old 10-29-2002, 02:59 PM   #3
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Bleeding usually is kind of a pain to do yourself. If you have a nice kit, though, that will make it more manageable. The most important part of the kit to me is the bag with a suction cup that you can suction to the side of your car so you don't have to hold it. But keeping pressure on that brake pedal is still tricky.
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Old 10-29-2002, 04:07 PM   #4
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Did you get the whole stoptech big brake kit or just the rotors? the brakes are pretty easy to work on. If you need tools just borrow some from a friend and have them help you bleed the brakes. 3 hours total time sounds about right since bleeding the brakes can take a while.
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Old 10-29-2002, 04:42 PM   #5
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Default Thanks!

Thanks for all the input.

I purchased the entire kit - rotors, calipers, pads, SS lines, clips, and instructions. I'm just short some tools. It sounds like 2-3 hours is right so I'm probably gonna let my buddy at the shop do it.

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Old 10-29-2002, 05:45 PM   #6
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Just in case you haven't read the 200 posts about people stripping the bolt on the brake-line, make sure you have a 10-mm flare-nut bolt. Because I can guarantee that you will strip it if you don't use one.

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Old 10-29-2002, 06:14 PM   #7
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Just in case you haven't read the 200 posts about people stripping the bolt on the brake-line, make sure you have a 10-mm flare-nut bolt. Because I can guarantee that you will strip it if you don't use one.

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Since your putting a guarantee on it. I want some money back from you. I didn't use a flare nut wrench and had no issues. But YMMV and each car is different in the sense that some assmbly line worker had his wheaties one day and felt like superman when tightening those nuts. I just got one that was made on his off day
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Old 10-29-2002, 11:56 PM   #8
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Since your putting a guarantee on it. I want some money back from you. I didn't use a flare nut wrench and had no issues. But YMMV and each car is different in the sense that some assmbly line worker had his wheaties one day and felt like superman when tightening those nuts. I just got one that was made on his off day

he tightened the ones on my car though
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Old 10-30-2002, 12:48 AM   #9
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rkkwan is right about how easy it is to strip the bolts. Those bolts are really easy to strip because they are made out of brass. I have been told that they are easy to strip also. and what is a 10mm flare-nut bolt? Are you referring to using a 10mm wrench to hold that bolt so that it does not strip? I had a friend who is a mechanic do it for me and I told him to take his time on it and he didn't have any problems.
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Old 10-30-2002, 12:53 AM   #10
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when i changed out my lines, i noticed that the clips sometimes don't hold the hardline and brake line in place very well, so when you try to undo the 10mm bolt, it twists the whole line and i'm guessing that's how everyone who uses an open end wrench strips the bolt. i used a flare nut wrench, but i think if you can secure the hardline down and keep it from twisting, you can get it off with an open end wrench. but it's only one other tool and i don't see why you wouldn't spend the $5-10 for a more suitable tool.
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Old 10-30-2002, 01:40 AM   #11
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8 + hours just to install the brake lines.

Read about it here.
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Old 10-30-2002, 01:45 AM   #12
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teiva-boy -

ImprezaWRXDriver - A flare-nut wrench makes contact with the bolt on 5 sides, rather than 4 in regular wrenches. You have to manuever a little to get the wrench in place, but is much less likely to strip a bolt.

tdxflex is right. You can secure the line with something else like a vice-grip. But that's going to mar the hardline, and you might still strip or mar the bolt.

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