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Braided Lines
« on: November 16, 2021, 05:10:03 PM »
Planning on replacing the fuel and trans cooler lines on my car.
I have black fabric covered stuff now and would like to stick with that style.
Just looking for input on Brands if one is better than the other or should be avoided.
Also maybe which is the most flexible .

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Re: Braided Lines
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2021, 03:12:06 AM »
Use the same brand that your fittings are, I've been told there might be slight differences if one starts mixing products. Not sure if thats the case but lot of quality complaints nowadays even with well known brands such as Fragola etc. I have used California based XRP for decades and no complaints, just updated my lines and stick with them trying to avoid any fitment issues aka leaks. XRP has solid reputation still. I would stay away from cheap "house brands" from far east that Jegs, Summit etc. sell. Not worth the risk, cost difference is so minimal if the risk is burning down your gear or ending up replacing everything next season again.

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Re: Braided Lines
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2021, 03:27:35 PM »
i have tried different brands and I also prefer XRP

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Re: Braided Lines
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2021, 03:46:11 PM »
I used to sell circle track racing products and XRP was my "go-to" brand for fittings and hose. Now to be fair, for the circle track classes I catered to mostly Push-On type fittings & hose were used, but I don't recall ever having a complaint or return for a bad XRP fitting. My experience was that XRP was also usually a bit less expensive than other brands like Aeroquip & Earls, and to me that's always a plus as long as the quality is good.

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Re: Braided Lines
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2021, 01:59:49 PM »
I've never used the push-on type only the regular swivel ones used with braided lines

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Re: Braided Lines
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2021, 03:39:35 PM »
The Push-On fittings really work nicely, but from a visual standpoint the look might be a little too different for many people's taste. I don't know if there would be a issue from any rules standpoint, but the Push-On tubing is some tough stuff. Once tubing is pushed on a fitting, and it takes quite a push to get it seated, I certainly can't pull it back apart. Price-wise it's probably a bit less than braided, but not a huge difference.

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Re: Braided Lines
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2021, 03:07:40 AM »
The Push-On fittings really work nicely, but from a visual standpoint the look might be a little too different for many people's taste. I don't know if there would be a issue from any rules standpoint, but the Push-On tubing is some tough stuff. Once tubing is pushed on a fitting, and it takes quite a push to get it seated, I certainly can't pull it back apart. Price-wise it's probably a bit less than braided, but not a huge difference.

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Does the hose you use with the push on fittings seem as flexible as the hose with the outer braid?

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Re: Braided Lines
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2021, 07:03:18 AM »
I paid a premium but I went with goodridge hose and fittings and am thrilled with the result. I know it's expensive and I know you'd have to change the whole plumbing system. But I must say I've been very happy with goodridge stuff

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Re: Braided Lines
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2021, 11:30:51 AM »
I have tried many with mixed results, much of it comes down to right hose for what you using it on. Right now I am going with Fragola PTFE stuff on my new car. I recommend the PTFE for fuel and transmission lines. It will not dry and crack out with alcohol like many do and the transmission fluid will not make it soft and soggy. The only thing about the PTFE lined hose is it is not as flexible and you do not want to kink it.