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      03-25-2012, 08:25 PM   #1
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ECS Tuning Brake Lines - Before and After

Ok folks,

I worked on my brakes this weekend in preparation for the upcoming race season. Here is what I did so far:

1. ECSTuning stainless steel brake lines. Replaced all 6 of them
2. Porterfield RS4 pads front and rear
3. Motul 5.1 fluid flush. I used pressure bleeder to help me bleed the brakes and flush any air and the old fluid out.

I went through the pad bedding process very carefully and meticulously. The pads are bedded in correctly and I can say that they are a lot better than the stock ones. They grab a lot better, they resist to fading and they are quiet. At the moment the grabbing power of the new pads completely overwhelms the tires at about half the brake effort I exert.

Now my question is about the brake feedback from the brake lines. I don't feel anything different than with the stock lines. The brake pedal feels EXACTLY the same as before, if not a little bit mushier/spongier.

What is the general feedback I should be expecting from the SS brake lines? Are they supposed to provide a linear feel to the brakes?

Also, should I use the ABS pump to attempt to stir up the brake system and release any trapped air? This seems to be the normal procedure at the dealerships then they flush fluid.

Thanks in advance.
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From my experience ss brake lines don't make any difference on the street. As far as the spungy feel, you may have an air bubble somewhere.
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From my experience ss brake lines don't make any difference on the street. As far as the spungy feel, you may have an air bubble somewhere.
Thank you for your response. Two things:

1. So on the track, what should I be expecting from the ss brake lines that would be different from the OEM ones?

2. I knew someone would say that... I guess I'll redo the bleeding process again.
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Thank you for your response. Two things:

1. So on the track, what should I be expecting from the ss brake lines that would be different from the OEM ones?

2. I knew someone would say that... I guess I'll redo the bleeding process again.
Rubber brake lines tend to "stretch" with the increasing heat that comes with tracking. The ss brake lines will not flex so you will get more consistent pedal feel, even with increased heat.
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Rubber brake lines tend to "stretch" with the increasing heat that comes with tracking. The ss brake lines will not flex so you will get more consistent pedal feel, even with increased heat.
Aaah! That makes sense. So basically the ss brakes maintain the brake pedal feel as the heat in the brake system rises.

Now it's making perfect sense: brake lines + racing brake fluid + racing brake pads and rotors = consistent brake pedal feel across the temperature range.
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I'd do the abs pump activation, it's pretty cool to see the car pump the pedal for you.
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Rubber brake lines tend to "stretch" with the increasing heat that comes with tracking. The ss brake lines will not flex so you will get more consistent pedal feel, even with increased heat.
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I had a 100% stock brake setup first time I went to the track. 2nd time I went I had the SS lines (kudos to you for having all 6 changed, not everyone does ) and upgraded fluid. It equates to a more predictable driving experience. The fluid is the most important. Both items are worth the $, I say.
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quattrosaint hit it on the head! The feel doesn't really "change" when going to SS lines, it just becomes much most consistent. Give the brakes another bleed, that should help "tighten up" the feel. Also have you bed the brakes yet? Some pads will not feel "right" until they have been bedded.
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Thanks for your responses guys. Yes, it's true that not everyone changes all 6 lines and its a shame because its so easy. Yeah, I have the pads bedded in correctly. I'll just bleed the system one more time to make sure everything is done correctly.

Now this brings me to my next question: I have the Motive pressure bleeder. Should I use this IN CONJUNCTION with ABS pump method? I don't want to damage anything by pushing 15 psi of hydraulic pressure and then energizing the ABS pump.

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Thanks for your responses guys. Yes, it's true that not everyone changes all 6 lines and its a shame because its so easy. Yeah, I have the pads bedded in correctly. I'll just bleed the system one more time to make sure everything is done correctly.

You found the mid-lines to be easy? I thought they were a huge PITA due to the tight space involved.
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You found the mid-lines to be easy? I thought they were a huge PITA due to the tight space involved.
Well the space is indeed a bit tight, but it is not that bad if you can lift the car high enough to access them from below the subframe.
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You found the mid-lines to be easy? I thought they were a huge PITA due to the tight space involved.
+1 those were a huge bitch compared to the others. Ended up losing all the fluid onto my garage floor while trying to get them out, and I was using my maxjax lift.

To OP: I did the same brake upgrade as the you, but with RBF600 fluid and Z435is rotors, and I noticed a huge increase in pedal stiffness. I would bleed using the old fashion method and have a friend help you. There's gotta be an air bubble because the brake feel is night and day with the new lines. With these lines the feel is so linear and there is little brake travel once you hit the initial point of pad contact. I no longer desire a BBK because of how much better the braking feel and power are with these simple mods and with my michelin PSS 275's all around.

I am extremely hard on my brakes, which may be why I feel the increased stiffness more than more sedate drivers, but even just around town I really like how the brakes feel. My friends all have stainless lines on their cars now because of how much they liked how mine felt.
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I already purchased new fluid as I don't have enough to bleed the brakes again. When it arrives, I'll make sure I bleed them again.
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