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    braided brake hoses - help/advice please?

    as per title^^

    I am looking into changing my brake hoses as tbh I don't know how long the current ones have been on there, and the car has hit 115k on the clock this morning which got me thinking about a few bits that could do with replacement... sort of a "mileage-birthday treat" for the car if you like.

    Can anyone give me any info on the best/cheapest places to go for metal/braided ones, and will i see any particular benefit from them?

    As the car's mileage is creeping up a bit now, I don't know whether it is even worth spending more on braided hoses if all they will do is last a bit longer than rubber ones, as I don't really need to worry about them lasting for more than a year or two - unless I really go to town on the 'State
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    I know LMF sell braided hose kits. Think there ment to give you better braking in some way, stiffer more responsive maybe due to less expansion of the hose when braking so pressure is maintained.
    Some one else please confirm or tell me i am talking silly. lol

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    this is a subject ive always wondered about.. what exactly do braided hoses do for you? As Humm says, thats what i assumed, is that right?
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    Humm is correct - they don't balloon as much under pressure as OE hoses so more hydralic pressure is applied to the calipers.

    If you have rear discs you need the 6 hose sets, and if you have drums you need the 4 hose set

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    cheers 4 the responses peeps.

    I had a quick browse thru a couple of catalogues this afternoon and from what I've read (& what's been said here) I understand why they are supposed to be better, but is there actually a noticeable difference in performance over fitting a new set of standard hoses?

    and whilst I'm at it I may as well ask how much work is involved in fitting them? time-wise as well as the "aggro factor"
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    quick question are the hoses for the 308 5 stud calipers the same length used on 4 stud calipers? curious as Im temped to upgrade my hoses

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    brett i used the same hose on my car
    on epc they are all the same size

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    Thought they were.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannysport18 View Post
    brett i used the same hose on my car
    on epc they are all the same size
    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    Thought they were.
    I assume you guys have braided kits already, or (in Brett's case) have looked into it already.. SO is there a noticeable difference over standard hoses?
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    yeah you have a lot more feel to the pedal and reduces a spongey pedal under braking, keep the pad in contact with the disc by reducing lift.

    Talking to geoff last year and he was on about these and said that MOT testers aint really fond of them as they can not check the condition of the rubbers.

    Worth taking into account if you have a nightmare of a tester

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