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    Replacing brake lines

    I have a 2006 GMC 2500HD and am looking at replacing all of the existing brake lines with stainless steel replacements. This is the last problem that is know for my truck. I have re-gapped the sparks plug, changed out to a lower temp thermostat, replaced the rubber transmission cooler lines with braided stainless, and have replaced the output pump drive on the transfer case.
    So the last part is the brake lines. Has anyone local done this to their trucks? Just looking for some ideas as what not to do or what is the best way to complete this process. The kit I am getting is all pre-bent and replaces the rubber lines going to the calipers with braided stainless flex lines.

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    Are the hardlines on yours actually damaged? If they aren't you can do the rubber lines with braided stainless lines pretty cheap and get them here locally. I used to have lines made for my jeep for about 30 bucks and they were like 30 inch or more long
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    Well I got my order today from SSTUBES.com. $299 shipped for free, includes all of the pre-bent hard lines and a set of 5 braided stainless lines for the front and rear. Will start on this when we get back from vacation in July. The last thing I will have to worry about on my truck. Just turned 15,000 miles last week. Not bad for a 2006.

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    Unless this truck spent some time in a swamp the brake hard lines are fine. Do yourself a favor and don't replace them. I have replaced several sets on older cars (60's and 70's vehicles). I have never seen any that are actually damaged and have only replaced them due to gunk in the lines after 50 or 60 years of use. In 9 years or so of use they are almost brand new.

    If you are hung up on replacing them, DO NOT USE STAINLESS lines. You are going to have a bad experience getting everything to seal up. Use coated steel lines instead. They are way easier to use and getting the flares to seal is a breeze. The stainless flares are tough to get sealed. Coated steel lines are what every manufacturer uses and work good for longer than you are going to own this truck.

    As far as the flex lines, replacing them with a braided line is fine and probably recommended if you want to go through the trouble. Again, the stock ones will last a long while and are probably fine as is, but if you want to replace them, whatever braided brand is fine, they will all perform as good or probably better than the stock rubber ones.

    Bottom line, save your money instead of this...

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    ^^^ sounds like that ship has sailed

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    69cj5, I am sorry you feel that way. I have read enough about the trucks back east that were rusted thru in less than 9 years. They had them replaced with stock lines and later had to go thru it again after that set rusted thru. I know we don't get the weather here like they do back east but the greater Sparks area is now using the Brine mix on the roads during the winter. I want the peace of mind that I won't have this problem, and $300 dollars is not a lot to get to that state.

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    we're in Nevada, nothing rusts here
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    You should see the front spindles on my truck if you think nothing rusts in Nevada. But GM never intended to make thing last more than a few years. The rotors on my 2015 Honda with start surface rust in about a day after it rains.

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    Light surface rust on untreated steel is normal. This is why rotors will lightly rust after a rain. In nevada there is no need to worry about harded steel brake lines rusting out. Stainless steel braided lines from frame to calipers looks cool but underneath the stainless its just reinforced rubber. So your stock rubber hoses will be just fine. Turning wrenches all my life on the west coast and ive never had to replace brake lines on old or new vechicles becuase they failed.

    Like Mark said save your money.

    But if you set on doing so its not a hard job. Replace all hoses and bleed system.
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