Brake lines bent by hand?

Discussion in 'Suspension, Steering, Brake & Wheel Topics' started by badazz81z28, Oct 16, 2005.

  1. badazz81z28

    badazz81z28 Veteran Member

    May 4, 2001
    Las Vegas, NV
    Im deciding if I should buy a new pre-bent disc rear line or buy a straignt and bend it my self.
    Origonal looks to be bent by hand. Was it?
  2. GetMore

    GetMore Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Nov 8, 2004
    Patterson, NY
    When you say "by hand" if you mean actually taking the tubing in both hands and just bending it, then no. You need a die of sorts to keep the line from kinking when you bend it. My brother has used a glass bottle, but I've kinked them that way. Even the spring type of bender didn't work for me.
    A tubing bender is a must, IMHO.
    If you've got the patience, and the bender. then go for it.
  3. Jet

    Jet Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Benders are fairly cheap, but if you don't plan on bending tubing at any other point in time other than this, just buy the line pre-bent and go from there.
  4. Having made a few attempts to bend brake lines by hand with a couple different types of benders my advice would be buy the pre-bent. I don't know what type of machine brake lines are made on but I guarantee they don't use the cheap crap brake line benders that are sold most places. If you want a 90deg bend you are pretty much stuck with a series of 4 or 5 20deg bends because the benders will not make a clean bend.
  5. Skaal-tel 79

    Skaal-tel 79 Veteran Member Gold Member

    Jun 20, 2004
    CFB Petawawa, Ontario
    Pfff brake line isn't that hard to bend. Just put a rag in a vise, and gently turn the line around the edge with your hands.

    For myself, that was definetely much easier than mucking around with benders.

    Brake line is such small diameter, it's really not that hard to bend just by hand. Try bending fuel line by hand >.< Now that was hard.
  6. John Wright

    John Wright Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Aug 9, 2002
    Rustburg, Va
    Try bending some SS lines by hand. You'll wish for the tubing bender before you make very many bends by hand. Even with a good quality tubing bender, it is pretty stiff stuff. Mild steel lines form pretty easy with your hands if you take your time and you make a gentle bend and you don't try to form a really tight radius<insert "kink" here>.
  7. BlownBigBlock

    BlownBigBlock Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Mar 2, 2000
    Carlisle PA
    Bending stainless is easy, try having to do this. I think I went thru about 90ft of 3/16" line before I got it done. Now flaring it is a PITA.

  8. driftwood

    driftwood Veteran Member

    Mar 4, 2002
    07882, NJ
    BRake line can be bent by hand,without kinking.
    The key is to hold it with one hand and bend it with the other.For extremely tight 90's,you can put a socket in a vise and bend around that,or any round device.
    I did a couple C/K series trucks this summer and couple sevilles.Trucks are much harder as they use 1/4 inch,that was not so fun.
  9. tom3

    tom3 Veteran Member

    Aug 1, 1999
    Alternator pulley grove makes a decent bender if you can use the radius. Steel lines bend pretty good, don't know about stainless, way out of my budget.

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