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I checked the brakes on my '09 V and they are definitely not SS lines. I was told they were by a reliable source. However, given the feel of the lines I had my doubts. So I ordered a set from Cadillac and cut them open... all rubber.

I am having some SS lines made for the front and back. If anyone is interested let me know and I will have some extras made. I suspect they will come in at around $300.

Of course this is only part of the "fix"... new pad compound will make a huge difference also.

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eh i'm skeptic of ss lines. I hit a bump recently in a vehicle with ss lines and since they arent rubber and don't have any flex i snapped one in the rear. No brake fluid on the highway isn't fun. i'd rather do some nice rotors/pads & dot 4.
 

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Razorecko,

What brand of SS lines were they?

I have run them for years on my Impala SS and Zo6 with zero problems.

I think your experience is pretty rare, as a number of reputable companies make SS lines and I am pretty sure they would not do that if they were failure prone.

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I have had ss lines on my supra and haven't had an issue and the ones on the jeep were custom...lol that probaly explains why they busted on me. I actually take my comment back - get SS lines from a REPUTABLE company like bfgoodrich or someone that mass produces them. DO NOT get them from some rinky dink company
 

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ACO,

Unless I am wrong, we are not talking about the hard lines, just the last foot or two of flexible lines that run to the caliper.

This is where the expansion happens in the brake lines.

These have to be braided, or they would break.

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ACO,

Unless I am wrong, we are not talking about the hard lines, just the last foot or two of flexible lines that run to the caliper.

This is where the expansion happens in the brake lines.

These have to be braided, or they would break.

Mke C
Thanks for the clarification Mike. That's what I thought, but wasn't sure with the talk of inflexibility and snapping.
 

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beware that braided lines will have to be changed out every few years...not generally recommended for street cars. If you track your V and REALLY need the slightly firmer brake pedal feel, and dont mind the extra maintenance, then thats a different story
 

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beware that braided lines will have to be changed out every few years...not generally recommended for street cars. If you track your V and REALLY need the slightly firmer brake pedal feel, and dont mind the extra maintenance, then thats a different story
This is a fun rumor and myth that just isn't bore out in reality. I've run braided lines on my Corvette for 7 years, including street and heavy track use. Never once had a problem with them.

Buy good quality lines, and it won't be an issue. Buy crap lines and, well, you'll get precisely what you paid for. Check with StopTech, as they have access to lines that can be DOT approved (for states that do such things). A clear plastic sheath is placed over the line to help keep the braids clean... not that it's really necessary.

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beware that braided lines will have to be changed out every few years...not generally recommended for street cars. If you track your V and REALLY need the slightly firmer brake pedal feel, and dont mind the extra maintenance, then thats a different story
I've actually had braided lines on my Acura and BMW from many years (over 9 each) and never had a problem to this day. Goodrich is the manufacturer. I'd be weary of those custom and fly-by-night shops that offer a cheap alternative.
 
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