How Stainless Steel Brake Lines Help Your Braking
Some people think that by upgrading to stainless steel brake lines they will be able to increase their caliper clamping pressure or brake torque. The truth of the matter is that a stainless steel brake lines upgrade will only increase the brake fluid pressure vs volume relationship, and not the brake fluid pressure vs brake torque relationship.
By doing the upgrade, you will have effectively decreased the amount of time it takes to build up critical pressure in your brakes’ hydraulic system to activate your calipers at their maximum level. Pressure created in your hydraulic system will not be increased overall, it will simply take more brake pedal travel distance to effectively build that brake line pressure needed to fully activate your braking calipers. This results overall, in a more responsive brake pedal.
If you are planning to upgrade your old or worn out brake lines anyway, then stainless steel brake lines upgrade might not be a bad idea if you are looking to decrease your stopping distance a bit more. Less pedal travel required to activate your brakes will decrease the amount of time for deceleration, and it may be worth it to you if you have already upgraded much of your other braking systems components.
If you do happen to perform the upgrade, you will need to monitor your braking performance regularly, as stainless brake line problems are not visible to the eye. This is due to the simple fact that the stainless steel braided mesh hides compromises to the Teflon brake line when present.
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