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Brake line bending tool

Best Brake line bending tool

Lisle 44070 Brake line bender tool

Lisle 44070 Brake line bender tool for bending 1/4″ diameter brake lines into tight radius without kinking

So you’re going to replace your own brake lines? Great. It’s not a hard job but you will need a good brake line bender tool. 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.

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.

Lisle 44070 brake line bending tool

Insert the brake line in the curved jaws and rotate the tool to form the bend

Find flaring tools here.

FLARING TOOLS

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