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Steel braided fuel hose instead of hard lines?


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Hi,

 

What do you think about removing the old hard fuel lines and replace them with AN-6 steel braided hoses all the way from fuel pump (external in the rear) to the fuel filter under the hood?

Is there any downsides with having steel braided instead of hard lines?

 

The purpose would be to improve safety, durability and not use 40 year old crap.

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The benfit would be that it is easier for someone who cant bend steel hardline. The downside is cost, weighs more, usually more likely to get damaged and fuel will destroy most braided line liners in a few years. I use oem style steel for my lines, but mostly because i am cheap and a weight nazi. 

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Not a bad idea, a general concern nowadays is the ethanol fuel and long term durability of some of those products. Just remember the ethanol will deteriorate that stuff from the inside out.

 

I'll be pulling the cell to move my lift pump in-tank, so I will have a good 15 month review on cell foam and blocking foam durability. If anything is coming apart, I'll post an update. 

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It is hard to beat good hard lines, but one thing that can be an advantage to using the braid is having fewer fittings. Since I converted my car to have the regulator in the back, right off the outlet of the fuel pump, my system is a single -6 line from the back to the fuel rail with no additional fittings. With hard line  you still have to have flex somewhere in the system so most of the time you end up going from flex to hard line then back to flex before you get to the fuel rail.

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I'm a hard line guy ,you can buy it by the roll , bend them in a sexy way and I use as little hose as possible but always leave enough slack for extra movement. You know if your in a crash and the frame gets bent you don't want the hose pulling apart .

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