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  • How often do you replace stainless steel brake lines?

    I'm finishing up the pre-season prep on my Spec Miata. Going through the brakes, the stainless steel brake lines look OK. No signs of damage. But I bought the car with these brake lines already installed and I'm guessing that they're at least 3-4 years old. Should they be replaced simply based on age? I most likely will replace them just for the peace of mind but was wondering what the collective brain trust of TrackHQ says.

    So, how often should SS brake lines be replaced?

  • #2
    Three to four years is a while for a racing application. If you're not sure how old they are, it's cheap insurance to replace them. TrackHQ sponsors sell them, and they're not a lot of money.
    www.TrackHQ.com

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    • #3
      I replace mine nearly annually, but a brake line failure will do that to you. I had a Stoptech line fail when the braid worked out of the banjo fitting and the inner tube exploded on the next brake application without the braiding to hold it all together. It's a spooky feeling I'd not like to repeat any time soon.

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      • #4
        They are pretty cheap, I would recommend replacing annually.

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        • #5
          Our lines are all vinyl coated. If and when the vinyl coating comes off and the braid underneath is damaged, we replace the one line. If any one line leaks, we replace the entire set. Otherwise, they stay on the car forever.
          WWW.949RACING.COM
          SuperMiata

          Aside from their cost I never understood why people race them.
          But obviously I just dont get it. -fatbillybob

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          • #6
            I replace mine after I hit the wall....
            To the right of The Sheriff. Isn't everyone?

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            • #7
              Yeah, you guys confirmed what I've been thinking. Cheap insurance and easy enough to do. Consider it done!

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              • #8
                Only a month left before the ACS opener!
                www.TrackHQ.com

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ucfbrett View Post
                  Only a month left before the ACS opener!

                  Some of us have already been in four races at ACS this month....
                  To the right of The Sheriff. Isn't everyone?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Olitho View Post
                    Some of us have already been in four races at ACS this month....
                    Did you mean that one race in the Vette equals four in a Miata

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                    • #11
                      I think Rylan started and finished four races.
                      To the right of The Sheriff. Isn't everyone?

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