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Dant
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:40 am    Post subject: Syncro hard brake line replacement Reply with quote

I haven't been participating much, but here is what I think is a good question:

I need to replace the LEFT REAR steel brake line on my rusty syncro.

The conection on the left flex line I can get to. It is the connection at the "T" on the right that looks almost impossible to me. It's between the bulkead and the trans mount.

It looks like I could disconnect the big coolant lines and get some access and I will probably do that. But the "T" is still behind the transmission mount.

To anyone has had any experience doing this one, would messing with the transmission mount do any good? Will I be able to get the bushings out of the way?

Holy crap!

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dan I just ruptured the exact same line (I believe) last night going down a good sized hill. Had to down shift just to avoid smacking into a truck!

Looks impossible right? Let me know what you end up doing......


(sorry i know you were looking for help and i didnt provide any) :D
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup...a PITA.
I remove both rear hardlines, run flex line all the way from the rear brakes, to a new T located forward of the trans mount crossover rail.

If you do the same, use hi quality -AN line and secure it well with line fasteners and rubber grommets at the factory junction connections.

I make up lines in the exact length I need and use reusable fittings.
This will be pricey for most.
Measure with string the length you need, know the ends needed and go to your local speed shop or hydraulic hose shop and have them make the lines with crimped ends for you.

Or just run new hardlines from the new T location.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy crap, it's you, Crapatron! What's happening dude?

If I remember corectly, I moved the coolant lines and took the trans mount apart. Once I did that it didn't seem all that bad. Bad enough though. I got a line with the correct flare and fittings from NAPA. The one I got was a little long so it has a couple extra bends to take up the slack.

Insyncro probably has the right idea though. I did it the hard way, puppy on a root, ya know....

I drove the syncro to work today. It was looking so neglected. With four vehicles, they all seem to get neglected.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 4:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Syncro hard brake line replacement Reply with quote

Since this is the FAQ hard line thread, I'm going to post here even though my question isn't about a Syncro.

Any downsides to using the copper/steel brake lines? The guys at my FLAPS really talked them up. I haven't messed with hardlines in a long time.

Also here are a couple of threads that were quite helpful:

Brake line diagram here: http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=412116

More including link to how to make bubble flare and measurements http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=439344&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
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