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    Brake hoses

    In my relatively unsuccessful quest for a consistently hard brake pedal I've decided to replace several components that do not owe me anything--namely the brake hoses and the rear wheel cylinders which have been on the car for at least ten years.

    MOSS sells several different brake hoses--stainless steel by Goodridge, braided stainless steel by Cobalt, and unbranded "stock" ones. As between the two metal hoses does anyone have a recommendation for one or the other based on their experience, either negative or positive? I have BT7 front discs and stock rear drums.

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    Re: Brake hoses

    olphartz provides a photo that show how their stainless are made. Maybe helpful in comparing with other brands.
    https://www.olphartz.com/stainless-brakelines.html
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    1964 BJ8 phase II

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    Re: Brake hoses

    I have the Goodridge, no complaints. I originally got the Denis Welch hoses when I did the disc brake conversion in 2000. They were fine until one kinked earlier this year.
    John, BN4

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    Re: Brake hoses

    I run the DOT-Certified Cobalts. I see Moss has reduced the Goodridge hoses to nearly the same price as the Cobalts.

    The SS hoses resulted in a harder pedal.
    Steve Gerow
    Altadena, CA, USA
    Maker of most complete Big Healey rear disc kit
    1959 BN6 / 1974 TR6
    http://www.pbase.com/stevegerow


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    Re: Brake hoses

    I have BT7 front discs and stock late BN1 rear drums. I just spoke with Moss and asked if they can mix and match but they said no, they come in prepackaged kits. I acnnot be sure but since Moss specifies different part numbers for BN1 versus BT7 rear hoses I doubt that ordering a BT7 will work for me.

    I cannot find a listing for Cobalt and it looks like they supply a lot of vendors so I doubt I will be able to have them make up a custom set of hoses. Same thing with Goodridge.

    I would like to buy a set of SS hoses from either one of these suppliers or someone else but do not feel like buying two kits to harvest the parts I need for one car. Does anyone have any suggestions as to a source?

    Best--Michael Oritt
    1954 Austin-Healey 100 Le Mans
    1959 Elva MK IV Sports Racer
    1961 Ginetta G4

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    Re: Brake hoses

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Oritt View Post
    I have BT7 front discs and stock late BN1 rear drums. I just spoke with Moss and asked if they can mix and match but they said no, they come in prepackaged kits. I acnnot be sure but since Moss specifies different part numbers for BN1 versus BT7 rear hoses I doubt that ordering a BT7 will work for me.

    I cannot find a listing for Cobalt and it looks like they supply a lot of vendors so I doubt I will be able to have them make up a custom set of hoses. Same thing with Goodridge.

    I would like to buy a set of SS hoses from either one of these suppliers or someone else but do not feel like buying two kits to harvest the parts I need for one car. Does anyone have any suggestions as to a source?
    I believe these guys will make for you or sell you what ever you need.
    https://www.olphartz.com/stainless-brakelines.html
    1964 BJ8 phase II

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    Re: Brake hoses

    I spoke to a guy at Techna-fit a year or so ago about custom hoses for my rear disc kit. He said they made Moss' hoses.

    http://www.techna-fit.com/
    Steve Gerow
    Altadena, CA, USA
    Maker of most complete Big Healey rear disc kit
    1959 BN6 / 1974 TR6
    http://www.pbase.com/stevegerow


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    Re: Brake hoses

    Quote Originally Posted by AUSMHLY View Post
    I believe these guys will make for you or sell you what ever you need.
    https://www.olphartz.com/stainless-brakelines.html
    Olphartz is a web-based home business. A friend and I did a drive-by as he was convinced it was a store. He'll be buying his hoses from a supplier.

    Techna-fit custom-makes hoses.
    Steve Gerow
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    Maker of most complete Big Healey rear disc kit
    1959 BN6 / 1974 TR6
    http://www.pbase.com/stevegerow


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    Re: Brake hoses

    Making hydraulic hoses for any hydraulic shop is often just a function of whether or not they have or can source the fittings and swaging dies. Find a shop, bring a hose by for them to look at and perhaps they can make some for you. It might not be a big deal.
    Jon Robbins
    1956BN-2 (do it all yourself, you'll be glad you did)

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    Re: Brake hoses

    Check with a local farmer. i know a friend of mine over here gets hoses made all the time for his equipment. And it is cheaper.

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    Re: Brake hoses

    After checking out the link to Oldphartz Parts that Ausmhly inserted in his post #6 I made contact with them and received an immediate reply from Steve Christianson who said that making up such a kit is no problem for them. He is on PST time so I have a call into him to finalize the order.

    I'll give feedback after I receive and install the parts but whether he is making the hoses or buying them from a supplier it is nice dealing with a seller who has flexibility.

    Best--Michael Oritt
    1954 Austin-Healey 100 Le Mans
    1959 Elva MK IV Sports Racer
    1961 Ginetta G4

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