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My wilwood ss flexline failed yesterday on my right front brake. This caused complete brake failure. Has anybody with the Wilwood kit experience this? For safety reasons I think everybody with the Wilwood kit should check their brakelines. I will be sending my up to Wilwood to see what caused this.
 

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Riddlefox said:
Scary.. pics? What exactly failed? Were the lines coated or uncoated?
I'll be getting pics once I get the new lines from Wilwood (it's taking them a couple of days already to get them to me). These are the lines you have to use when you install the wilwood kits. I'll have them examined by a couple of brake shops to get a clearer idea of what happened.
 

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MidwestPd said:
This is not uncommon with crappy lines. We have seen it numerous times.
These are the lines that Wilwood requires for their brakes. Are there better lines that will fit?
 

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Yes, i did. I had both rear fail on mine. I went ahead and made custom lines SS fitting and ss lines. I couldn't use the factory supplied 90 deg fitting coming out of the rear calibers (lines hit tires/wheels) so i got straight fittings. When the car moved up and down on the suspension, the shock hit and broke both lines (car is dropped about 1/2 inch w/ pedders extreme kit). my fronts seem to be ok so far but i have been keeping an eye on them. I think it would be better if they had a 90 or 45 degree fitting instead of the straight fitting they used. I have been thinking about making new lines this winter.

Henry, how did you rought the lines? can you post some pics to how the lines were roughted and were they broke? also is your car dropped at all?

As to Midwest's comment, I hate to admit it but they are right. I have the stoptech chassis to subframe ss lines in the rear and they are of much better quality than the wilwood lines IMOA.
 

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Yes, i did. I had both rear fail on mine. I went ahead and made custom lines SS fitting and ss lines. I couldn't use the factory supplied 90 deg fitting coming out of the rear calibers (lines hit tires/wheels) so i got straight fittings. When the car moved up and down on the suspension, the shock hit and broke both lines (car is dropped about 1/2 inch w/ pedders extreme kit). my fronts seem to be ok so far but i have been keeping an eye on them. I think it would be better if they had a 90 or 45 degree fitting instead of the straight fitting they used. I have been thinking about making new lines this winter.

Henry, how did you rought the lines? can you post some pics to how the lines were roughted and were they broke? also is your car dropped at all?

As to Midwest's comment, I hate to admit it but they are right. I have the stoptech chassis to subframe ss lines in the rear and they are of much better quality than the wilwood lines IMOA.

I had the Pedders Street II suspensions "stock height" installed which drops it about 3/8 =1/2". I'll take some pictures of the brakelines tomorrow. I called Wilwood and they want to look at the line. I complained to them that for a premium brake system that costs over $2700.00 things like this should never happen. It's a safety issue not just "fun & games". I could of seriously injured myself and others if this happened in traffic. But I'll have a couple brakeshops look at the line before I call them again. If this is indeed their fault I think we should use this forum to warn others against buying their product.
 

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I have had my Wilwoods for 2 years now with no problems. No exploding lines, Wilwoods are pretty common aftermarket brake and are highly regarded. Not likely exploding lines are a common thing or they would not be on the market. Installation technique and suspension height are certainly varilables that can affect safety depending on line routing.
 
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