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The easy way to lengthen your front brake lines... #1049782 08/08/12 03:43 AM
Joined: Apr 2011
Posts: 326
Peabody Offline OP
Mudrunner
When you combine a suspension lift with a body lift, you may find the front brake lines get tight when the wheels hang. Here's an easy fix that only costs a few $$$ and is only as difficult as bleeding the brakes. For parts, you will need 2 of the stock rear brake lines that attach at the "T" block on top of the rear axle ( example). I installed one of these on each side of the front brake lines, between the existing brake hose to the caliper and the hard-line connection at the fender well. It works like a champ and only costs about $10/hose US + the cost of brake fluid. I do recommend fabbing up a bracket to secure the metal tube-section to the frame so it doesn't flop and clink on the chassis. There's plenty of flex left in the lower line. So securing it won't be a problem. See the photos below and it should all make sense...

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1997 Sportage 4x4, auto-trans, Warn manual hubs, 4" UPYOURKIA front lift, TJ 106AA rear springs, 2-5/8" body lift, 31x10.50 treads, SmittyBilt SRC front and XRC rear bumper, swing-out tire mount, OBX LSD front diff, Track Finder rear locker, 5.38 R&Ps and... really crappy gas mileage! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shiner.gif" alt="" />
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Re: The easy way to lengthen your front brake lines... [Re: Peabody] #1049783 08/08/12 11:22 AM
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Everet Offline
Body Damage is Cool
Thanks for posting this! It will really save me some work and time until I get some custom ones made.

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WWW.UPYOURKIA.COM White 96,4x4, man.hubs,K&N filter,3row rad, twin 16" fans, 3" body lift, 4" UPYOURKIA LIFT KIT,265/75 16 TreadWrights on DC2 wheels,140 amp alt. dual batts.
Re: The easy way to lengthen your front brake lines... [Re: Everet] #1049784 08/17/12 01:01 AM
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Peabody Offline OP
Mudrunner
Here's a photo of the extended brake line with the wheel hanging/unsupported. There's plenty of room for articulation. And the brake line is still higher/behind the lower A-arm. So the risk of snagging is very low. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />


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1997 Sportage 4x4, auto-trans, Warn manual hubs, 4" UPYOURKIA front lift, TJ 106AA rear springs, 2-5/8" body lift, 31x10.50 treads, SmittyBilt SRC front and XRC rear bumper, swing-out tire mount, OBX LSD front diff, Track Finder rear locker, 5.38 R&Ps and... really crappy gas mileage! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shiner.gif" alt="" />
Re: The easy way to lengthen your front brake lines... [Re: Peabody] #1049785 08/17/12 01:18 PM
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Everet Offline
Body Damage is Cool
I did this and it works very well. I'm going to hook up some springs to the hose to keep them up and out of the way but be able to move when turning and articulation.
It looks like the hose will work for the clutch line too so I'm going to try that this weekend.
Thanks again for your pics and writeups.

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WWW.UPYOURKIA.COM White 96,4x4, man.hubs,K&N filter,3row rad, twin 16" fans, 3" body lift, 4" UPYOURKIA LIFT KIT,265/75 16 TreadWrights on DC2 wheels,140 amp alt. dual batts.
Re: The easy way to lengthen your front brake lines... [Re: Everet] #1049786 08/23/12 04:14 AM
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 433
Sportege_Panicmech Offline
Mudrunner
Speaking of clutch. Pedal has always felt like i wasn't pushing the pedal enough even though i'd put the clutch to the floor, so I thought I'd see what I could do. I pumped the clutch pedal up and held it down with a pry bar. Then went underneath and cracked the clutch slave cylinder bleeder screw loose and took whatever air if any out. I closed the bleeder before the throw out rod released all the way. That way I knew the system was closed while still under pressure. meaning I know there wasn't any way air could have back feed into the system. Then adjusted the clutch pedal under the dash. For years I've, on occasion, grinded going into 2nd gear on racier shifts.. since I took most of the clutch pedal play out of it I haven't grinded 2nd since. Note: do leave at least just a hair of play. Over adjusting the clutch can cause clutch slippage and premature failure. PS: there's a plastic shim that goes inside the clutch pedal arm where it attaches with a cotter pin to the clutch master cyl. this part wears down to nothing after a 100k miles or so. the part is tricky to find at the dealer but they CAN get it and it's only like a couple bucks. it takes a week or so to get in to the dealer. Don't even try the local parts stores for it. the dealer is cheap enough and they'll have the right part. this shim wears out and causes the pedal to play regardless of adjustment. if you put your head under the dash with a flashlight and wiggle the pedal by hand you'll see where the play is to the clutch master cyl. -end rant. (=

Re: The easy way to lengthen your front brake lines... [Re: Sportege_Panicmech] #1049787 08/23/12 05:31 AM
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Everet Offline
Body Damage is Cool
post a pic. Need to see it.
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WWW.UPYOURKIA.COM White 96,4x4, man.hubs,K&N filter,3row rad, twin 16" fans, 3" body lift, 4" UPYOURKIA LIFT KIT,265/75 16 TreadWrights on DC2 wheels,140 amp alt. dual batts.
Re: The easy way to lengthen your front brake lines... [Re: Everet] #1049788 09/05/12 01:19 PM
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 1,396
DennisThompson Offline
Body Damage is Cool
Looks like it works well, an easy fix on a comon problem.

Dennis


95 Sportage, gone but not forgotten.
98 Jeep TJ, 4" Zone springs with RC Long arms, Ford 8.8", 4.56 gears & Detroit locker rear, D30, 4.56 & Detroit Trutrack front.

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