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Re: stainless brake hoses

> They are a bit more suceptable to abrasion, but then, are a lot less
> prone to cracking, and give a more solid pedal...

I doubt if any of the differences can be perceived in under 10-15 
years.  Some of the early teflon brake hoses used larger ID tubing 
which actually led to MORE spongyness, but those manufacturers may 
have learned their lesson by now.

These hoses are a perfect example of something with little or no real 
benefit that can still be sold to an unsuspecting and uninformed 
consumer since they incorporate a few magic words, in this case 
Teflon and Stainless Steel are the magic words.  Think about it.  
When was the last time you had a problem with corrosion in your 
flexible brake lines; when was the last time you felt that your flex 
hoses either had too much friction or deteriorated in too short a 
time.  I find a 20-30 year lifetime quite acceptable, and it is by no 
means clear that the Teflon hoses will do better.

In my opinion, by far the worst thing about these hoses is the fact 
that they don't come with the correct metric end fittings, so 
adaptors are often needed at both ends.  These ARE often a problem.  
I should add that I have not looked at these in many years, so it is 
possible that someone has tooled up to provide the proper fittings.

Does someone know?

Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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