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Old 12-01-2017, 10:04 PM
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Arrow Stainless steel braded brake lines

Hello all.

I'm getting ready to do my front brakes on the Ranger here shortly (07 2wd XL 2.3 w/ coils) and wanted to see if anyone had suggestions for stainless steel brake lines? I've done some looking/googling and haven't found any yet. Just wanted to check with the pro's and see if anyone knew of any out there.

On my first car I had installed stainless lines on all four corners when I did my brakes after I bought it, and they made a world of difference in the pedal feel and braking. I just wanted to see if any were available for the Ranger and would love to install some at the same time if they're out there.

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Old 12-10-2017, 07:51 AM
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Default Re: Stainless steel braded brake lines

When you changed the brake lines to stainless it made a difference in pedal feel and braking?

We'll just add that to the list of nutty claims on Ford Ranger Forum.
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Old 12-10-2017, 07:57 AM
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Default Re: Stainless steel braded brake lines

I guess I am not clear on which lines you want to replace with SS. The hard lines that go to each corner? I don't think changing those make much difference unless the old ones are corroded. The flex lines? I wouldn't try to hard plumb that. Unless you mean some braided SS flex? Yes that would make a difference, but I doubt any Ranger would really benefit much from that one.
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Old 12-10-2017, 11:58 PM
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When you changed the brake lines to stainless it made a difference in pedal feel and braking?

We'll just add that to the list of nutty claims on Ford Ranger Forum.
Correct. When I installed the stainless steel brake lines the result was a firmer brake pedal that didn't need to be depressed as much for the same braking power. There was less fade/bleed off under heavy braking and my stopping distance went down. Granted the car is an '89 model car that had factory rubber brake lines - I'm sure they were worn out and softened with age. But yes, It did make a difference, believe it or not.

Granted, the Ranger is significantly newer, much less worn out, and weighs roughly twice what my car does. Therefore I realistically don't expect as dramatic of a change, but I figured there would still be a marginal difference. If nothing else, I figured the SS lines would hold up better long term, and as I plan to have the Ranger a long time figured it might be good insurance down the road.

Ordinary Biker, I was referring to the "rubber" flex lines that go from the hard lines to the calipers. The idea is to replace them with lines that are wrapped in stainless steel to a) protect the flexible lines and b) prevent them from flexing under pressure resulting in a better braking and firmer pedal feel.
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Old 12-11-2017, 07:05 AM
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Default Re: Stainless steel braded brake lines

There is some benefit to braided SS in the flex line to be had. But personally I think those gains are very small and only noticeable on the extreme edge of brake function. I just don't push my truck that hard. Because truck...
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