Extended Front Brake Hoses

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After my 2nd carry build-up, I used to be proper on the ragged edge for my entrance brake hoses.  When Lady flexed her entrance axle to the restrict, the entrance brake hoses had been proper on the level of being too tight.  I’m nonetheless working inventory decrease management arms up entrance and that may be the explanation I’m not getting as a lot flex as some of us do….assuming I’m not getting the utmost quantity.  But whatever the motive, I simply wasn’t comfy with the zero margin being given by the OEM hoses.

New “customized” strains are reasonably costly, so I adopted the suggestion of a CA pal of mine (thanks Robert) and opted to put in a pair of inventory YJ strains.  These strains are a number of inches longer than the inventory TJ strains.  They could be had from any native auto components retailer (I needed to wait a few days whereas they ordered them) which makes it a fairly cheap and simple to do challenge.  You will need each the left and proper entrance hoses for a ’95YJ.  I obtained mine at an area Checker Auto retailer.  An area Jeeper not too long ago did his and was good sufficient to cross alongside the Raybestos half numbers, that are BH38861 & BH38862.  

Here is an image of the inventory TJ hose. I’m utilizing the reducing bracket that I put in after I did my first carry, the Tera 2T. If I bear in mind appropriately, the brackets really got here with the short disconnects that I put in at the moment.

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Here is an image of my inventory TJ hose and the brand new inventory YJ hose.  As you possibly can, the YJ hose is a number of inches longer.  The rubber portion of each hoses are virtually  the identical size.  The rotor finish of the YJ hose has a for much longer steel portion as you possibly can see.  I checked this after putting in the brand new hose and it didn’t appear as if it will current any sort of drawback.  The steel half would possibly even present a bit extra safety on this a part of the brake system.

Installation is straightforward sufficient to do. Here I’m eradicating the steel brake line from the rubber hose. Be positive to put just a few sheets of newspaper and/or have some rags useful as some brake fluid will drain from the caliper and hose when the hose is eliminated.

After you’ve got eliminated each ends of the hose, examine to guarantee that the copper washer got here off whenever you eliminated the banjo bolt from the caliper. The banjo bolt is the particular bolt that connects the hose to the caliper. It has a gap drilled in it that enables the brake fluid to circulation by it. There are literally two copper washers.


As you possibly can see on this image, one goes on all sides of the becoming.  USE NEW COPPER WASHERS!  A brand new pair got here with every of the hoses.  In the image above, you possibly can see the outdated washer and the rings in it that resulted from it getting used.  The copper washer really deforms into the rings on the hose becoming and gives a excessive strain fluid seal.  THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT as a result of having your entrance brakes leak whereas in use is NOT a enjoyable factor to have occur.  A pal of mine had his brake hose fail two months in the past whereas we had been working Moab.  Luckily it was on a neater path and nobody was injured.  Needless to say the hose failure obtained his undivided consideration proper there after which!  We reduce the rubber hose off the caliper and folded the hose again over itself, then clamped it tight with a vice-grips.  This stored the strain within the line and allowed him to finish the path with one entrance brake.  He commented that the grabbing on the asphalt street was actually dangerous, since he solely had one brake up entrance.  He promptly had it changed the next morning earlier than he went again out on the path.

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Here is the passenger aspect with the brand new hose in place.  Looks fairly good to me!  After every little thing was tightened, my spouse hopped within the driver’s seat and did the brake pedal pumping whereas I opened and closed the bleeder valve (in sync with the brake pedal).  It took a couple of 1 minute to get the bubbles out.  I then moved my instruments over the opposite aspect and changed that line as nicely.  If you haven’t bled your brakes earlier than, you will get some extra info here on doing it.

This is a very simple mod to do and the worth is fairly good besides.  Be positive to choose up an additional can of DOT3 (at the least for the TJs) brake fluid.  I used about 8~10 ounces whereas bleeding down my entrance strains.  Be positive to recheck your fittings after your first take a look at drive and be sure you don’t have any brake fluid leaks.  You would possibly wish to bleed your strains after a few days in the event that they don’t really feel as much as snuff.  If you simply can’t get the bubbles out, you possibly can all the time cease off at one of many native service stations in your space and have them strain bleed them.  They hook up a machine that blows these bubbles out in nothing flat.  I requested the tech at a close-by EXON station what he would cost me (this was Plan B in case A failed) and he instructed me he would do it for $5.  Can’t go unsuitable on that deal!

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