Are the stainless braided brake hoses worth putting on an occasional street-driven Z? I had heard they should only be used in racing applications. Are they worth installing on a car that only goes out about once a week and is not driven real hard?
I have put stainless brake lines on every car I have owned for the last 10 years, including just recently my 96 300ZX. If your current lines are old, you will probably notice a firmer pedal as the stainless lines don't expand when you depress the brake pedal. They have the bonus of usually being guaranteed for life. Both DOT approved and non-approved lines are available. They are exactly the same lines, but DOT requires that plastic guards be included on each end. That is the only difference. They did a segment on them on a recent Classic Cars TV show and brought in the president of a manufacturing company to explain.. I say buy them, especially if you were going to replace your old ones.
Yes you can replace the hard lines with the teflon braided steel lines, but that is not needed. The thing to do is to replace the rubber line that goes between the caliper and the hard line. The rubber line expands under braking, so using the teflon braided lines will create a firmer pedal because they will not expand like the rubber ones.
I'm going to tackle my front brakes myself and replacing the hoses were on the agenda. I only want to replace the front two right now so any ideas were I can get a good deal without having to buy all four hoses as MSA sells?
just a question: what does DOT matter anyway? I am up in Canada, we have MTO (Ministry of Transportation - Ontario). does that just mean the the car cannot be sold with the steel lines on, that it won't pass safety check, or is it something else.??
has the best prices, IMO. Go to their site and order a cataloge. I would recommend AN -3 lines. But, buy the time you gather all the parts you need to make the lines, it would be about the same cost as the MSA ones.