What are the benefits of steel braided brake lines?
less expansion under pressure
more immediate and responsive braking
eliminates spongy lever feel
reduces stopping distance under hard braking
longer service life
What brake fluid is compatible with your lines?
DOT 3, DOT 4, and DOT 5 are all compatible
Are the braided lines covered to prevent damage to items that may rub them?
our braided lines come in 4 different options of vinyl covering; clear, smoke, red, blue
the vinyl covering serves another purpose, to allow for DOT compliance. The lines must have a double lay line and the country of origin printed on them.
Are the fittings on the end of the lines stainless steel?
In most cases, yes. The crimp sleeves and 10mm banjo fittings found on 90% of our lines are stainless steel. Many of the other fittings, including most of the female flare fittings are made of steel with a trivalent zinc coating to prevent corrosion. Unfortunately the less common fittings like these are not currently made in stainless steel by our suppliers so there is not an option for us to use stainless steel.
I'm not sure which handle bars I should pick when ordering my brake lines. I have no idea what clip ons or superbike bars are because I haven't done any research and want brake lines now now NOW! Which bars should I select for my order?
Hopefully you saw this FAQ page before you ordered the wrong lines for your bike. Let's start with the lowest bars (which will mean the hose has to be shorter to match) and move up from there.
Clip on bars actually attach to your forks, hence they clip-on. Clubman bars mimic the location of clip on bars so in general the length of the hose is the same for both, very short!
Drag bars are the next lowest that we list. Drag bars are basically a piece of 7/8" tube with no rise at all. They may have some pullback but no rise. They aren't as low as clip on bars so the upper hose is a bit longer. These bars also might require the hose to be routed differently than stock to work. On most older Hondas the gauges end up fighting with the master cyl and leave little room for the hose to also fit.
Superbike bars (which are my favorite) have more rise than drag bars and generally require the brake hose to be longer to match. Rise is usually around and inch or two only but can very from manufacturer to manufacturer. Similar bars that can usually utilize the same brake hose kits are Euro bars and 75-76 CB400F bars which were/are a very popular upgrade for the other Honda bikes from the same vintage.
Factory bars are the bars that came on the specific year/make/model of the bike that the hose kit is listed for. It should also be mentioned that we go by what was factory issue in the US market. The biggest problem we encounter here is the previous owner installed something other than factory. So check your bike, then double check it again.
My setup is slightly different than stock and needs to be custom. How can I order a custom set to fit my needs?
If you need to have a small variation to what we normally offer, we can do it with some simple instruction. Examples of this would be if you need the hose running to the master cylinder to be exactly 14" tip to tip for some reason. Another example would be if your using an aftermarket master cylinder and the banjo fitting comes out the side instead of the end like stock and you need the clocking of the hose to match. These Special Order Instructions can be added during checkout where you enter your billing address in the text field titled "Special Order Comments". If your notes aren't precise and clear, it might cause a delay to your order as we'll have to verify the details with you over the telephone.
Is the warranty transferable?
the limited lifetime warranty is for the original purchaser only and is not transferable.
What is "clocking" when describing the brake line fittings?
Clocking is usually only applicable when talking about lines that have banjo fittings. Since the fittings will not twist or adjust once they are machine crimped, you need to make sure that you have their orientation correct to work with the connection points on the master cylinder and caliper. These images show 0, 90, and 180 degree clockings from one end to the other: