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Brake pipe flaring tool
January 15, 2017
10:48 pm
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mac22002
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Hi Guys
Just wondering , which brake flaring tool do you'll recommend ?

January 16, 2017
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I recommend buying the pre-made pipes from GBS

A good tool is important, but they are very easy to get wrong.

Add the cost of the tool, the brake pipe and the screw fittings together, along with waisted pipe, and you probably will find it is the cheaper option.

A number of builders have found out the hard way.

But if you are a bit of a masacisst, a cheap one from machine mart will do a reasonable job, as long as you operate it correctly, and know when a flair is a flair and not a distorted pipe.

The better ones will set you back 100 plus, do not be tempted by second hand, the dies wear, the reason they are on the market.

January 16, 2017
6:47 pm
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Thanks Simon,
Cant find prices on Kitspares, so will email GBS unless you have a link for me.Wink

January 26, 2017
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https://www.amazon.co.uk/AllRight-Metric-Flaring-Brake-Repair-x/dp/B01MD1LFUD/ref=lp_5136291031_1_9?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1485434898&sr=1-9

I used something similar to this and it comes with a pipe cutter. Doing it yourself is actually very straightforward if you're methodical about it and understand what you are doing. There are loads of how to videos and once you know the process, you'll be fine. redid all mine during my rebuild as I was rerouting some of the pipes and haven't got a single leak.

Equally, there will be people who have bought sets and are laying around the garage. Ask about, someone might have one to borrow and even show you how it works too 😉 20 quid you can get a tool and some pipe. Have a go, if it breaks, you know how to fix it. Even allowed me to save £120plus labour on the girlfriends car when her brakes were leaking and they wanted to change the lot!

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January 26, 2017
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I too have looked for the pipe kit, but I cant find it, could have removed it for some reason.

Agree with tool, machine mart sell a similar one, which is what I use.

And I agree with Zack, it is not hard, to do, my caution is for a very simple reason.

These examples were found on a car whos builder had done just as you suggest.

and NO, they are not right, and verge on the plain dangerous.

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January 26, 2017
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Yup, I can attest to how it is easy to screw it up. Those pictures look to be examples of single flares - that's how I did mine originally and I had one leak which wouldn't go away. When I researched, I discovered the magic of double flares and I had to re-do all of mine. So, yes, I would recommend buying g them ready-flared.

BTW, I borrowed one of these tools which was much better than the more common one that fits in a vice:

https://www.ccw-tools.com/Product.aspx?ProductID=39799&L=1&gclid=cjwkeaia2abebrcdx7pqqunm1cysjabf3qvafdqft-kbprgac76ll723dnzvablo6rlul-pqepkyqhocf0jw_wcb

January 26, 2017
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An important point when making your own flares; more is NOT better tightening the tool to make the flare. You just work harden the metal. DO NOT use your full strength while flaring. Wink

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February 23, 2017
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Simon said
I recommend buying the pre-made pipes from GBS

A good tool is important, but they are very easy to get wrong.

Add the cost of the tool, the brake pipe and the screw fittings together, along with waisted pipe, and you probably will find it is the cheaper option.

A number of builders have found out the hard way.

But if you are a bit of a masacisst, a cheap one from machine mart will do a reasonable job, as long as you operate it correctly, and know when a flair is a flair and not a distorted pipe.

The better ones will set you back 100 plus, do not be tempted by second hand, the dies wear, the reason they are on the market.  

So what's the price of the pre-formed brake line's from Kitspare's?
Just to figure out if going down the self formed one's compared to the pre-formed.
We will be at Race Retro this Sunday.
So will be coming to say hello. anyway.
Maybe if have time to go through some prices for different section's of our build.
And to sort out what we need to order to start our kit build moving forward.
Regards
Kevan & Nicola...

February 23, 2017
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have a look at kit spares, I could not find them last time i did, but that may be because there was no one in the workshop making them

February 23, 2017
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My build sheet says I paid £64.80 for the pre-formed pipes from Kitspares, this was 2yrs ago mind you so might have increased since then!

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