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      06-09-2012, 11:39 AM   #1
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SS brake lines DIY question

I just ordered the SS brake line kit from ECS Tuning along with some OEM brake fluid since my car is due for a fluid flush. When replacing the brake lines, what order do you remove and replace them? Is it hard line side off first and the caliper side last with the installation of the new lines being reversed?
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I just ordered the SS brake line kit from ECS Tuning along with some OEM brake fluid since my car is due for a fluid flush. When replacing the brake lines, what order do you remove and replace them? Is it hard line side off first and the caliper side last with the installation of the new lines being reversed?
Look Here http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=657595

Be sure to click on Mr.5's DIY in the attached link.

Edit - After reading through it again, it didn't really answer your question. Here's a link to ST install

http://www.stoptech.com/docs/install...98-160-16D0-02

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I don't think there's any real order to doing just the lines. I would just advise to either have someone hold the brake pedal down or wedge something against the seat to hold the brake pedal. This will reduce the amount of fluid that drips out during the removal and installation of the lines.
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I think the easiest way to do it is pull the caliper connection first, cap that with a bleed nipple cover, put new SS line in caliper, then pull top connection and immediately replace it with the SS line. Doing that method I only lost a few drops per corner. If you have the fluid reservoir cap on tight through the whole process the drip rate is very slow. Make sure you bleed really well after doing lines though, I had some air left after 500ml of bleeding.
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FYI, I posted a write-up in the DIY section.
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Hard line first, caliper last
This is correct. The hose has to be free to rotate when you unscrew the caliper fitting from the caliper, so you have to undo the hardline connection first. That connection has a floating nut, so it comes apart without rotating the hose.

As to any other good advice, the only thing I'd add is to push the brake pedal down about 1" or so before you start using a rod/stick/baseball bat against the front seat. This will keep the brake fluid from draining out as you work.
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