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post #1 of 20 Old 05-29-2020, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Flaring Tool Recommendations

I’m interested in doing my own brake lines instead of purchasing prefabricated ones. I’ve tried a couple flaring tools but haven’t had much luck making good flares. Both were the same basic design. The type you can rent from auto stores. Does anyone have recs on a brand that works well?

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post #2 of 20 Old 05-29-2020, 09:40 PM
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hello

i have had pretty good luck with the mastercool hydraulic flare tool. at work we use it for aluminum lines for a/c aluminum lines. i have used it on regular steel lines and worked very well. also worked well for nicopp brake line material also.

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post #3 of 20 Old 05-29-2020, 09:48 PM
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I have the Mastercool hydraulic flaring tool as well and it's been great! Perfect flares every time. It's a bit pricey, but we'll worth the money if you're going to use it enough. Wish I had bought one of these sooner.

The only issue is it's a bit bulky, so flaring on the Jeep in a tight spot can be tricky.

http://www.mastercool.com/product/72...ring-tool-set/

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post #4 of 20 Old 05-29-2020, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Great feedback. Thanks so much! It looks great. For breaks, it’s probably worth spending a little more. At least that’s what I plan on telling the wife. Ha!
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post #5 of 20 Old 05-30-2020, 11:51 AM
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If you are only using 3/16 line and not in the business, the Titan 51535 will do a wonderful job.

Several companies sell the same tool under their own name.

https://www.google.com/search?q=Tita...ih=739&dpr=1.2

https://www.oreillyauto.com/detail/b.../51535/6039542



Another thing that will help is Copper Nickle brake line. It is DOT rated, does not rust and bends and flares more easily than steel and much easier than stainless. I always put stainless steel rock guard over the Copper Nickle line. Copper Nickle line is NOT the same as copper tubing. Do not use copper tubing.
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Since I’m planning to install all new lines, do you all think I should focus my search on “on the car” flare tools and avoid using tools that require a vice? I’m thinking particularly about the line from the proportioning value to rear brakes. I’m not sure if this is the best method, but I was just planning to remove the old and bend new lines to match using a workbench.
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post #7 of 20 Old 05-30-2020, 10:05 PM
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I used this to do the nick/cad lines for my truck. Pretty easy to use and the flares looked great.


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


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This is one of the videos I saw before I purchased the Titan tool. Same tool different name on same tool.


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Since Im planning to install all new lines, do you all think I should focus my search on on the car flare tools and avoid using tools that require a vice? Im thinking particularly about the line from the proportioning value to rear brakes. Im not sure if this is the best method, but I was just planning to remove the old and bend new lines to match using a workbench.
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post #9 of 20 Old 05-30-2020, 11:27 PM
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I was going to get that tool, but I read that some people were having problems the the threads on the clamp block breaking. It is made out of some type of cast steel or something because of the external threads. I read that it works great if it does not break or wear out but I decided on the Titan tool because of the steel construction of the clamping block. I really wish I had the Titan tool when I was doing my Jeep lines some of which were on the vehicle.

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I used this to do the nick/cad lines for my truck. Pretty easy to use and the flares looked great.


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


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Thanks, everyone. I appreciate all the recs.
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post #11 of 20 Old 05-31-2020, 09:08 PM
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I did the 14 flares needed on my F150 and didn't have a problem. 4-5 guys from work have also used it. I cranked on it pretty good. For $17 it was hard to beat. I tried using a regular flaring tool and there was no comparison. Every flare looked good. They also sell this at AZ if you don't want to wait. You might even be able to rent it.
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post #12 of 20 Old 05-31-2020, 10:24 PM
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Ditto on the Titan, makes perfect flares in 3/16

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DON'T rent---buy, with this particular tool
they aren't that expensive so long as you get a decent quality (no Harbor Freight etc here)
reason is....#1 abuse by former users bending the frame of the clamp and there are microscopic grooved teeth in the clamp-saddle that grip the metal brake line so you can distort the metal line to form a flare without slipping. If the tubing slips in the clamp, you're screwed. Always smart to have a close look to make sure it's concentric and uniform
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post #14 of 20 Old 06-02-2020, 08:59 PM
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You do understand that brake lines need what is called a double flare? To work properly.

A 89 yj with a 4.0 aw4 sye out of an 92xj. Now the hard part is done time to get it up in the air just a bit. Working on 8.8 with 3.73 and lsd for the rear. and new D30 hp with 3.73 .
For those who have not figured this out I'm old school but can handle the new too.
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post #15 of 20 Old 06-02-2020, 09:48 PM
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I use two tools for brake line flaring, the "TITAN" style for on-car jobs and the Eastwood turret style flare tool for bench work. The Titan works well but can be difficult for double or bubble flares to hold when cranking. The Eastwood tool does all sizes and types of flares and works almost effortlessly. I've used both for almost three years with excellent results. I also recommend using nickel-copper line. https://www.eastwood.com/professiona...ring-tool.html.

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