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Alternate Source for 2nd Gen Stainless Brake Lines

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After numerous unreturned calls and emails to Deerfield Precision about my order (which has been "pending" for six months now), I'm looking into alternate sources for stainless braided lines for my Sport.

One potential option I've found is the Duff Stainless Steel Brake Hoses BII, 83-97 Ranger, 91-94 Explorer kit. My guess is that the front lines would work fine (someone please correct me if I'm wrong). The main issue is the 1st gens used rear drums, not calipers like 2nd gens, so this kit only includes the intermediate line from the frame hard line to the axle hard line -- it doesn't include lines to rear calipers. It seems to me these lines should be very simple since they just have a tapered thread on one end and a banjo fitting on the other. Does anyone know of an application that would use lines like this and have stainless hoses available?
 



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After numerous unreturned calls and emails to Deerfield Precision about my order (which has been "pending" for six months now), I'm looking into alternate sources for stainless braided lines for my Sport.

One potential option I've found is the Duff Stainless Steel Brake Hoses BII, 83-97 Ranger, 91-94 Explorer kit. My guess is that the front lines would work fine (someone please correct me if I'm wrong). The main issue is the 1st gens used rear drums, not calipers like 2nd gens, so this kit only includes the intermediate line from the frame hard line to the axle hard line -- it doesn't include lines to rear calipers. It seems to me these lines should be very simple since they just have a tapered thread on one end and a banjo fitting on the other. Does anyone know of an application that would use lines like this and have stainless hoses available?
iirc i dont think the 1g brake lines are the same as the 2g, but i may be wrong. sorry to hear about deerfield however, i her theyre product is goof but theyre notoriously slow. i wonder if you could get custom ones made then the stock ends off say a rubber hose attatched? not too sure
 






The 2nd gen front and rear are all different than the 1st gen's. Making them is not hard for many hydraulic hose businesses, but most aren't doing it because of the specialty equipment franchises available, and the liability issue. I have a local hydraulics business which used to make the hoses for almost anything, they had a franchise and could make hoses using the original fittings etc. I had a few hoses made, one of which did leak at the OEM fitting one time. I replaced it same day with a spare, and they made a new one for me. But it is a worry, and I think most businesses shy away from getting involved.

Contact some places which do sell the SS lines, and ask them for other sources for having them made etc. They should have some connections and hopefully one will be closer to you, or be able to make them by shipping to and from if needed. My local place here didn't have two of the OEM fittings the first time I had SS lines made, but they did when I needed the one replaced.

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Went to a local hydraulic shop today and struck out...sort of.

They have the stainless line in-stock and said they could crimp the ends on, but they don't have a source for automotive-style fittings. They said they'd crimp the hoses for me if I could supply the fittings, so I'll have to see if I can find a source for them online.

@CDW6212R any chance I could get a contact for your local place and see if they'd share part numbers for the fittings? Or better yet, maybe they'd be willing to make another set and ship them to me!
 






Went to a local hydraulic shop today and struck out...sort of.

They have the stainless line in-stock and said they could crimp the ends on, but they don't have a source for automotive-style fittings. They said they'd crimp the hoses for me if I could supply the fittings, so I'll have to see if I can find a source for them online.

@CDW6212R any chance I could get a contact for your local place and see if they'd share part numbers for the fittings? Or better yet, maybe they'd be willing to make another set and ship them to me!

The local business of mine that made my SS lines is Royal Brass and Hose, Knoxville TN, the zip will begin with 379, it's about a mile from the main 37950 post office. They had the service inside many years ago when I had them make the lines for me. About a year later I saw a sign out to the side with a brand or business name that seemed to be a franchise. They may have been changing how that service worked, and I haven't needed any other SS lines made since then. But this business is large and well known here, they will try to be helpful.
 






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