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Stop-tech stainless braided brake hoses
Posted 27 March 2014 - 12:21 AM
Same length is fine, but any shorter than stock and they'll be a no-go. Can't seem to find anything that specifies the length of these, even on the Centric website.
Or if anyone has suggestions for another brand to look into.
Posted 27 March 2014 - 07:24 AM
I have SS braided lines on my 06 WRX but they are from Subaru - SPT. I don't know who actually made them.
I've read that there's limited improvement if you don't replace them at all 4 corners.
def. make sure they meet USDOT specs with an outer sheath and w'ever..
Is the fluid port in a different location on the new calipers? I could see that causing a concern about the hose length.
that's about all I know other than no problems with mine since 06.
Edited by 1 Lucky Texan, 27 March 2014 - 08:38 AM.
Posted 27 March 2014 - 11:40 AM
The rear calipers have similar line placement. Going to check the fronts this weekend, but they look to be pretty close to the original calipers.
Posted 27 March 2014 - 11:49 AM
maybe someone else here has some experience. or subaruoutback.org . I'd Suggest motorsports forum at NASIOC, except - well, you know - lots of jerks/knuckleheads. Plus probably not many lifted vehicles over there.
Posted 27 March 2014 - 03:31 PM
I did see mention that the mounts that secure the hoses to the strut/knuckle are adjustable so that gives some wiggle room in case the caliper mount point is slightly different, but no mentions to overall length.
I will try to send Centric an email to ask about the hose lengths. Not sure why I didnt think of that. Thanks!
Posted 27 March 2014 - 06:28 PM
be sure to post up what you find out - I was thinking of getting new flex lines for my 95 wagon - 19 year old rubber is a ticking time bomb...
Posted 30 March 2014 - 04:04 PM
Also test fitted the front calipers, line placement is identical, but the WRX calipers are HUGE compared to the stock single piston calipers on the car. There is no way they're going to fit under my 15" outback wheels, (read about that before but forgot) which is a bummer since I don't have the extra cash to drop on tires for my 16" WRX wheels right now.
Also discovered the right side inner pad is also quite a bit thinner than the others, which means a front pad slap will have to happen soon. I have some low priced ceramics on the way that should be better than the wearevers that are on it.
I did also order Outback front brake hoses (regular rubber) since what I could find says they're about 2" longer than the stock L hoses. Will see when they get here.
Posted 04 April 2014 - 10:40 PM
Plain rubber brake hoses for an Outback are about 2" longer than the regular L Legacy brake hoses. The ones I got are made by Centric and were only about $10 each! Compare that to $28 each for Wearever/ Tru-Torque from Advance, and they look like the same part! So if you need new hoses for a lifted rig, Rockauto has a good economical option if you can plan ahead and wait a few days for parts.
The stainless hoses:
The Outback stainless hoses appear to be the same length (or pretty close) as the Outback rubber hoses. They should work very well in my case.
These seem to be fairly well built, they're DOT compliant, and the price is very good compared to other sets I've seen. Less than $90 from rockauto to do all 4 corners.
I just slapped the pads on the front today because they were getting close to the squeal tabs. Gonna try to put the stainless hoses on next week after the front set comes in. I will update on whether they actually improve pedal feel, or just look flashy.
One thing I do like is they have a clear vinyl covering over the braiding which should keep dirt out and keep them looking pretty for a while.
Posted 04 April 2014 - 11:45 PM
sounds like a decent deal.
Posted 10 May 2015 - 10:06 AM
Fitment is good. They're about 2" longer than the stock hoses were. I can turn the wheels to full lock in both directions with the struts at full extension and they don't pull tight.
The mount clips they supplied didn't fit in the bracket on the rear strut so I just tweaked the original clips a bit and they hold fine.
Pedal feel seems better. The pedal feels more solid when the brakes are applied hard (but that could also be partly due to getting the 3 year old nasty brown brake fluid out of the system).
Rockauto still has these for about $42 a pair. Pretty good deal if you're looking for an affordable upgrade to the stock rubber hoses.
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