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Brake line bending tool for tight bends

Best Brake line bending tool makes tight bends without kinking

So you’re going to replace your own brake lines? Great. You’ll need a really good brake line bending tool to form the line without kinking.

Most DIYers make the mistake of buying a cheap bending tool. They work fine for making large radius bends, but when you get close to the wheel the bends are almost 90 degrees. That’s when you need a pliers style bender like the ones shown here.

The circular grooves in the pliers contact the tubing all around, so when you rotate the pliers, the curved section can’t kink. To make a tighter bend, just release and grab a bit more tubing and bend. These are really nice brake line bending tools.

Lisle tool company makes a great brake ling bending tool. Shown here are the Lisle 44040 1/4" tubing bending pliers and the smaller 44150 3/16" tubing bending plier

Brake line bending pliers allow you to bend brake lines in a tight radius without kinking the line

Another mistake is to think you can just flare the ends and be on your way. Brake lines are ALWAYS double flared. Do a single flare and it’ll work—for a while. Then one day the flare will crack and you’ll ah, crack up too. Some vehicles require a bubble flare. That requires a special flaring tool as well.

Find flaring tools here.


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