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Unread 02-21-2015, 01:47 PM   #1
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Fuel lines

Ok I am wanting to replace my fuel line from my tank to the fuel pump because it is rusted so I started looking them up and I found a pre bent line that will just mount right up along the frame and then I found a could buy a 20 stainless steel coil for half the price and I wondering if I got the coil could I bent it along the frame or would it crimp it to bad or would it be better to just spend the extra money and get the pre made fuel line? I'm new to all of this so sorry if it is a stupid question.

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Unread 02-21-2015, 02:05 PM   #2
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Sure you can make your own fuel line out of the coil material. Just remember not to make any sharp bends and it won't collapse. This stuff is used all the time.
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Unread 02-21-2015, 02:42 PM   #3
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It really helps if you fill out your profile, or at least included what year/model of Jeep you are posting a question about....

Stainless steel line is a bugger to bend correctly. I had hopes of going hard lines on my project. Even bought a coil of copper tubing to use as a pattern:



Bought the SS line from Summit, tried to bend it, and it was a disaster.

If you have a stock CJ, go with pre-bent lines from inlinetube.com :http://inlinetube.com/Preformed%20Li.../JP-CAT-03.htm You can get them in regular steel or stainless.
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Unread 02-21-2015, 02:57 PM   #4
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Yeah that's what I have a stock 1982 cj7
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Unread 02-21-2015, 10:52 PM   #5
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If you can find a pre-bent kit that suits your needs... do that! I've got a non-stock engine in my CJ and bent up some ss fuel line. That was a major job to say the least. SS is hard to bend and work with.
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Looks like a good excuse to buy a quality tubing bender. I made mine from a coil of line as well. Had a good quality bender and it went fine.

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I used one of these benders to bend mine. I bought the line thru 4wd.com, bulk S.S. line 3/8 and 5/16.



Here's how it came out:





I found a quick squirt of WD40 or other lube helped bend the line, as the one lever has to slide along the line to make the bend.
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Looks like a good excuse to buy a quality tubing bender. I made mine from a coil of line as well. Had a good quality bender and it went fine.

I could not get that type to bend my tubing (1/2")... had to get one of these:
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You used 1/2" for fuel lines?? Running a supercharged Chevy 502?
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Unread 02-22-2015, 10:05 PM   #10
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Had a nearly impossible time trying to fit pre bent ss lines into my 77 cj7 with the body on. ultimately had to cut and splice. that sucked. If I had it to do again I would just use regular steel tubing. bends easy, cheap, the old lines lasted 35 years. Just try to take out the old lines in one piece, it will give you an idea of what your up against.
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Unread 02-23-2015, 07:30 AM   #11
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If I had it to do again I would just use regular steel tubing. bends easy, cheap, the old lines lasted 35 years.
That is so true. Stainless is pretty. But has it's drawbacks.
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Unread 02-23-2015, 07:34 AM   #12
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That is so true. Stainless is pretty. But has it's drawbacks.
I put stainless brake lines in in 2009 and got that plastic lined gas line from Napa so ethanol wouldn't rot it out. My gas lines have failed from rust and must be replaced but my brake lines still look new.
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I used Poly-Armour recently to replace my hard lines. Bought it through autozone. Easy to bend and flare. I also bought some sprial armor to protect it and slid it over. Price is around a dollar a foot so cheap if you make a mistake.

Just have it on for a couple of months so not sure how well the Poly-Armour stands up yet.
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Unread 02-23-2015, 07:55 AM   #14
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Another challenge when making your own stainless steel lines, is flaring it. You need a real good flaring tool.

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i used aluminum tubing. bends easy and doesn't rust.
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