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Since you are making "custom" brake lines you
can choose the size you want and need not concern yourself with adapters(from metric to
standard ,for example)I have used the 345DSL
double flare too and found it to be a pleasure to use.This is even after shamefully
abusing it.Although brake lines are soft anymore you should consider investing in some
tubing benders to give the job a proffesoinal
finish.Good luck and have fun (Oh by the way
what kind of vehicle are you putting brakes on?)
I ordered the 345 and it did not work well at all. The tubing keeps slipping out of the clamp and I can't flare my brake lines. I don't know if the steel teeth on the clamp are strong enough for this or not. Maybe I need to try one of the better ones that will do steel, stainless, and hard copper like the 458. I don't see why I can't use the 485 with a double lap adaper for my lines.
What is this for?
I am swapping Dana 60 axles in my FJ40 and I need to adapt some of my metric lines to SAE. I also have to bend and cut some new lines to fit the new axles.
The main problem with using double lap adapters with the model 458 is that the flaring cone on this tool does not come straight down to the bar as the 345 cone does. The 458 cone is eccentrically mounted so that it provides a "rolling" action that "irons out the flare. This rolling action would not allow the double lap adapter bushing to stay in place. As far as the tubing slipping in the bar, make sure that the tubing has not been deformed in any way during the cut -off and that it is within the specified wall thickness (.035).
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