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Old 11-19-2011, 01:23 PM
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Today i was towing my buddy out of our mud pit and really flooring it and then slammed on the breaks and snapped my line leading to the rear brakes. i need to replace them and looking under there they are on the inside of the frame so when i redo them i want to put them on the outside of the frame. any tips here im stuck and never done break lines before. i know bleeding them are key but i don't even know where to start. PLEASE HELP!!!!
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Old 11-19-2011, 03:09 PM
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Personally, I think moving them to the outside is a mistake. It's actually going to be more complicated for you and probably Much less secure....

I would do this job by dropping the tank, it's not too hard unless it's full

Dropping Fuel Tank (might be a god time to consider the Hutch & Harpoon while it's down) Welcome to guzzle's In-tank Hutch Mod Web Page

You can go two ways, with a Bender, Good Flairing tool, and some practice, you can just buy lengths of steel tubing and lay the tube you're replacing on the ground and duplicate. Kinda tough if you've never done it before....

OR, you can order the tubing, pre-bent, form a number of places (Google will find them) and have a LOT easier time of it but, for more money. In either case, I don't think it can be done with the tank IN. Also go to Home Depot and find the PB Blaster display. Buy a can of Corrosion Inhibitor and coat them all when you're done
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Do you know the type of break line or the diameter? i have a bender and flaring kit so if its easy enough i'll drop the tank and just do what i have to to make it work.
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Go to the auto parts store... they will hook you up with the right stuff. And there is no need to fully drop the tank, just support it with a jack or two and slide it over enough to get your hand in there.
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Old 11-20-2011, 06:02 AM
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Lets talk about your Flaring Tool, Have you done a "double" flare with it? (not east to do without the right tool...)

Are you planning to just repair the broken line or change them all?
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I replaced the brake lines on my Ranger with the fuel tank in. Look at the shape of the frame and kind of bend the line to the contour of the frame like the stock lines. I got it as close to the factory bends as I could and just bent it more where the soft line was behind the tank going down to the rear axle lines. I then put it in wire loom so it didn't rub against the frame rails. I know the tanks are bigger in these trucks but I don't see why it wouldn't be doable.
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I replaced the brake lines on my Ranger with the fuel tank in. Look at the shape of the frame and kind of bend the line to the contour of the frame like the stock lines. I got it as close to the factory bends as I could and just bent it more where the soft line was behind the tank going down to the rear axle lines. I then put it in wire loom so it didn't rub against the frame rails. I know the tanks are bigger in these trucks but I don't see why it wouldn't be doable.
Because it's Not a Ranger

The fuel tank is Very close to the framerail. For ME, having dropped the tank before and realizing how easy it is, I wouldn't think twice about it. I don't see the advantage in trying to work around it (and it's Gotta be moved some - no question about it...) All the clips that hold the lines in place are there and you have to route the new line amongst Many!

Again, not saying mine is the Only way, just how I'd do it
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