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Will home made brake lines affect brake pressure on a 2000 silverado if not bent the same or the same length

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    mike loshbough May 11, 2010

    Only if the brake line are wider.

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While most factory brake lines are neatly bent and fit into places it's nearly impossible to duplicate, you can approximate the routing but it does not need to be exact, as long as you follow a few important rules...Do not make any kinks in the line, do not use ferrule type connections anywhere, remember that the chassis goes up and down, so leave clearance for that motion, and keep lines away from suspension (steering) items, driveshafts, exhaust pipes etc. Don't leave any long unsecured lines that can vibrate and cause failure and protect lines where they go near sharp edges. Use as many of the factory attachment points as possible.
If you aren't good at bending, you can buy an inexpensive bender. There are a number of different length lines available. choose the combination that most closely matches what you need but a bit longer is better than shorter.
No...different bend pattern or longer length will not change braking ...in order for it to have any noticeable effect the line would need to be 100 feet longer or more. and even then you likely would not notice the difference!!

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By home made, I hope you mean that you are using approved brake line and fittings and are double flaring the ends. The small change in line length should not have a noticeable effect on braking performance.

Be sure to bleed the air from the brake lines completely using the bleeder screws on your calipers/wheel cylinders. This is very important when replacing brake lines/parts.

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As long as no kinks, you should be o.k. If longer, will just take more fluid to get them full. Be sure to bleed properly & route them out of the way of anything that could damage them due to hanging to low, or rubbing on something, that's the main reason they are routed as they are from factory.

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