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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V Performance Mods Discussion, Have Headers? Brake Line Precautions in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; For those of you with headers; Relocate your brake lines, with a bit of bending. Wrap with new heat protection. ...
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    Have Headers? Brake Line Precautions

    For those of you with headers;

    Relocate your brake lines, with a bit of bending.
    Wrap with new heat protection.

    As you can see, one of my lines could have burned thru.
    I saved it in time though.

    Clutch Hydralic line is next on the list.
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    Re: Have Headers? Brake Line Precautions

    Thanks for the pic's. I need to get my lines inspected soon based on your photos.

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    Re: Have Headers? Brake Line Precautions

    For the benefit of header n00bs, I think we need a precaution checklist for header installs...

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    Re: Have Headers? Brake Line Precautions

    So were you able to relocate them just by bending- no extra pieces required? Mine have a little more clearance than your "before" pics, but the heat wrap on them is starting to get a little crispy.
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    Re: Have Headers? Brake Line Precautions

    you know, im not sure of you guys have done the headers yourself, but ive had mine on without one single problem. now, thats not saying im not going to look due to this thread but im just wondering how so many people have problems with headers. are most of you guys daily drivers? and what kind of headers do you have, although i doubt that even matters?

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    Re: Have Headers? Brake Line Precautions

    what brand? i dont think mine are that close

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    Re: Have Headers? Brake Line Precautions

    I never had a problem either.
    I think I avoided one though.
    That factory heat sock masks any toasting of your brake lines.

    I was reluctant to cut off the heat sock, but I am glad I did.
    I would have never known what dammage was hiding underneath.
    My car has only been street driven and not even that hard (believe it or not).

    All headers I have seen touch the heat sock.
    Add in engine movement and brake line to header contact is possible.
    Those new UUC mounts will help there.

    I poped the lines out of their retainers to make bending easier.
    I was able to put them back in their retainers after.
    Now there is lots of clearance between the lines and headers.

    If any one is interested I can email them more pics to show how the bending was done.

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    Re: Have Headers? Brake Line Precautions

    Quote Originally Posted by urbanski View Post
    what brand? i dont think mine are that close
    Mine are Stainless Works, but I have yet to see anything much better.
    I looked into changing headers but gave up on that bieng the answer.

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    Re: Have Headers? Brake Line Precautions

    I have B&B headers and an LS2. My lines aren't any where near as close as yours are.

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    Re: Have Headers? Brake Line Precautions

    Quote Originally Posted by PISNUOFF View Post
    I have B&B headers and an LS2. My lines aren't any where near as close as yours are.
    Got pics?
    I have B&B pics, but don't want to post w/o the car owners permission.

    Also, I'm not looking to bash header manufacturers.
    The V engine compartment is is tight, headers are hot and precautions should be taken.
    If you notice air when bleeding your rear brakes, that could be a sign these lines are getting too hot.

    Funny thing is 2 shops saw my car and said not to worry.
    Maybe I they were right.

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    Re: Have Headers? Brake Line Precautions

    Quote Originally Posted by PISNUOFF View Post
    I have B&B headers and an LS2. My lines aren't any where near as close as yours are.
    Ernie, could that 427 of yours make a difference here?

    I'm gonna check mine (when this dang global warming starts taking better hold here ), but don't think mine is as tightly packaged as yours.
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    Re: Have Headers? Brake Line Precautions

    I'm glad to hear most of you guys feel like this issue does not apply to you.

    In the interest of product comparisons:

    If someone has a header:

    that does not touch that heat sock
    &
    no discoloration of the heat sock is taking place
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    has at least 3K miles on it since header install

    Please post a pic

    I also want to know which header has the best clearance.
    We may as well help those who have yet to get headers.

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    Re: Have Headers? Brake Line Precautions

    i have kooks headers, anyone had a problem with thier kooks?. i do not have 3,000 miles on them yet, maybe 1000. i have been on 300 mile road trips though, not sure if the heat prolonged makes a difference.

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    Re: Have Headers? Brake Line Precautions

    Got somewhere around 16k mi on my Kooks ...

    BUT, it's colder than well digger's breast in a cast iron bra here and going lower tonight (zero or minus something) ... I'll look and post pic when this arctic crap goes east and closer to bigjim's neighborhood.
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    Re: Have Headers? Brake Line Precautions

    Quote Originally Posted by rand49er View Post
    Got somewhere around 16k mi on my Kooks ...

    BUT, it's colder than well digger's breast in a cast iron bra here and going lower tonight (zero or minus something) ... I'll look and post pic when this arctic crap goes east and closer to bigjim's neighborhood.
    Nay, often we don't get your weather. The Great Lakes and the Atlantic often affect weather patterns. Of course, we often get inclement weather you don't...

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