Rear brake line (stainless steel)

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Rear brake line (stainless steel)

Post by johnny42 »

While replacing my rear tire, i became aware of cracks in the stainless steel brake line I got from Venco years ago. I can't recall in detail how I installed them. Where it emerges from the "connector", it's wrapped in rubber. The severe bend to get around the rear shock is where the "crack" is.

If the outer vinyl covering is split, should I be concerned? I wrapped that area with electrical tape for now.

I checked out parts fish, but can't find the hoses as an orderable part and to see what the rubber sleeve is all about. My shop manual photos are too poor to see anything.

The brakes worked perfectly when i hibernated the bike last November.

My questions are:

Do I need those rubber sleeves I currently have there?

Do I need to worry about the vinyl covering over the braided steel being split?

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Re: Rear brake line (stainless steel)

Post by WingAdmin »

The braided stainless mesh is what gives the lines their strength. As long as the braid is not compromised, the line should be OK. Braided stainless mesh can be very abrasive, and if it rubs up against things, it can abrade them and cause them to fail; that's why they normally have a covering of some sort. As long as the covering is mostly intact, and it's not going to abrade anything, it should be OK.
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