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ext brake line - how to?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by ComaTosin, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. Jan 22, 2010 at 12:30 PM
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    ComaTosin

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    I'm wondering if anyone can point me in the right direction. I'm thinking of installing extended rear brake lines. I have them on hand from toytec and wanted to install tomorrow. I'll have about 3-3.5" of lift and realize that i do not NEED them but would like to have the extra play if for no other time than when i have to remove the leaf pack as i always seem to be changing the rear set up. That extra 2" of play allows me to drop the axle further for more room at install of springs.
    so whats the procedure here? thanks.
    yes i searched but came up empty..
     
  2. Jan 22, 2010 at 12:41 PM
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    Brunes

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    Solidly block your truck so it can't roll. Use a line wrench (or other suitable tool) take the old lines off- be careful with the brake fluid- It can ruin paint and plastics.
    Put the new lines on- Expect to have to file or "tweak" the fittings just a bit to get them to all fit together good and clean.
    Refill and bleed the system (best done with a bleeder or two people)

    That's kinda basic- but I'm sure more will chime in!!
     
  3. Jan 22, 2010 at 12:55 PM
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    ComaTosin

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    basic it is but it seems straight forward. I'll understand what you mean about filing once i get under there i guess and as far as bleeding them goes:

    one person in the truck and me underneath: i open one bleeder valve (furthest from Master Cyl) while the other is closed. With hose attached to opened valve my helper depresses the pedal to the floor. fluid comes out along with air bubbles, I close valve, he lets off the pedal. Repeat until no more bubbles and then start on other side. Sounds right to you? thanks Brunes. Your always quick on the reply!
     
  4. Jan 22, 2010 at 9:00 PM
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    ^ FYI on the OEM lines....when i was trying to install my SS lines, i rounded the nuts using a line wrench! those suckers were on tight! i did the front first, and found toyota tightened the driver line so hard that they flared the nut as well!! i had to cut the rubber brake line w/ dremel to separate it from the nut, and then reflare the hardline! i didnt have time to do the rear as i had to install spindles, tires, SS line and leafpack and i was under a time constraint.

    moral of the story, make sure you have plenty of time and an extra car just incase you need misc parts! may be a nice an easy install for you, but just thought i would throw that out there!

    (and yes, i have turned a wrench plenty of times and installed my lifts and such...so i do have an idea of what im doing...even my father whom has worked on cars for a very long time was stumped at all my problems!)
     
  5. Jan 22, 2010 at 9:36 PM
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    I just did my rear lines last week. There are brackets that hold the break lines at the points where they go from hard line to flex line (your extendys) and back to hard line. The factory flex lines are side specific per how they hook to the brackets so they can't be crossed. I got my exdendys from Wheelersoffroad.com and were NOT side specific as I assume yours will not be ether. So when you change your lines, after the old flex lines are off, unbolt the top bracket from the frame via the drive side wheel well. 2 bolts, Once off, will be MUCH easier to see what we mean and file the pass side line hook up to fit your new guys. If you have any questions PM me and I can give you my #. This was a PAIN IN THE ASS for me to self teach myself and if I hope I can help you the next guy out.
     
  6. Jan 23, 2010 at 4:26 AM
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    I was hoping this would be an easy install. Sounds like it could go either way. I'll try to slide my leaf pack plus the overload leaf in there without doing the brake lines. No time for the worst case scenario today. Gotta help a buddy with his lift on his jeep, then hope to get to my truck withany extra time.
    Thanks for the offer bearskill. When I get ready to install it would be awesome to have your number handy since you have been though it.
     
  7. Apr 5, 2010 at 7:44 PM
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    what kind of brake fluid should i use??? and how much
     
  8. Apr 5, 2010 at 9:08 PM
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    Any name brand DOT3 should get the job done IIRC.
    And you need to have enuf to keep the reservoir full thru the whole bleeding process and to top it off at the end. I'd get 2 bottles if I was going shopping...Maybe 3...but that's me.
     
  9. Apr 5, 2010 at 9:14 PM
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    super blue racing fluid...they also make an amber colored one so when you flush your system you can ensure you get everything out.
     
  10. Apr 18, 2010 at 12:20 PM
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    What are you refering to wrt and file the pass side line hook up to fit your new guys? I'm considering doing this job myself and couldn't figure out what the 4 "brackets" are for. Anyone with pics?
     
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