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Flaring Brake Lines

By Dave Schiedt

Okay. The procedure to make a good brake flare goes like this:
1) cut the tube off, using a tubing cutter with a sharp blade. Don't use a hacksaw. Don't use a grinder. Use a tubing cutter.
2) Ream the inside edge of the tube. Nice tubing cutters have a tool built in for this. Mine doesn't. So I use a drill bit just slightly larger than the inside diameter.
3) file the tube flat.
3A) put the fitting on the tube.
4) Put the tube in the anvil. The dies have a step on them. The tube should stick out just past (1/32 of inch, maybe).
5) tighten the clamps. Once you've got the wing nuts as tight as you can get them by hand, use a lever and tighten some more.
6) If it's convienent, put the anvil in a vise.
7) Put the die in the end in the tube.
7A) Check that you put the fitting.
8) put the screw press on the die.
9) tighten. When the die hits the anvil, you're done.
10) loosen the press, and remove it from the die
11) take the die out. At this point, you've got a bubble flair. To do a double flair, continue.
12) Put the screw press on the bubble.
13) tighten. I'd get some tube and few fittings, and practice before doing on that your life depends on.

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