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Was thinking of upgrading my brake lines to stainless steel brake lines since I am in need of changing out the rear brake line anyways.

Has anyone done this on the LX 150? I've searched and only came up with the GTS.
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Re: LX 150 Stainless Steel Brake Lines
MikeN02 wrote:
Was thinking of upgrading my brake lines to stainless steel brake lines since I am in need of changing out the rear brake line anyways.

Has anyone done this on the LX 150? I've searched and only came up with the GTS.
The rear brake on the LX is a cable operated drum brake. Are you trying to upgrade the cable to stainless?
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Re: LX 150 Stainless Steel Brake Lines
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The rear brake on the LX is a cable operated drum brake. Are you trying to upgrade the cable to stainless?
Both if possible, the rear brake line snapped so I have no rear brake. Also don't need to replace them as much as regular OEM.
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Rear brake "stainless" upgrade ain't gonna happen -- it's a cable.

Front? If you can't find aftermarket, might consider OE GT/S one. Stainless baided line from the factory and dirt cheap used on ebay ~ $20 shipped.
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MIKE yours too? Apparently it's a known weak point and you need to throw some lube on therm yearly. Even mentions it in the manual. It's an awful feeling to need to stop, pull on the rear brake lever and then have it go limp. Crying or Very sad emoticon I replaced mine with a OEM one. I don't know if a stainless steel one (if you even can) would help since it's at the connection. I'm no mechanic tho. Good luck
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The tensile strength of mild steel vs stainless is very close to the same number. What makes a much bigger difference then the material is the thickness of the inner cable that is doing the pulling on the brake. I doubt you could even find a LX rear brake cable with a stainless steel inner cable. You could probably get something custom made. But ultimately, you can avoid all that trouble with regular maintenance (lubrication). This is especially important if you live near the coast where things tend to be a bit more suseptable to rust.

When it comes to hydraulic brake lines, like the front brake on your LX, there is some benefit to using a stainless steel braided line. There is additional strength to protect against a "blow out" of the line, but you'll probably notice a more rigid (less mushy) feel to the brake more than anything. This is because regular brake lines have a tendancy to expand just a little when you apply braking force. Stainless braided lines can't expand as much because of the braiding. This results is a less mushy feel at the lever.

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MIKE yours too? Apparently it's a known weak point and you need to throw some lube on therm yearly. Even mentions it in the manual. It's an awful feeling to need to stop, pull on the rear brake lever and then have it go limp. Crying or Very sad emoticon I replaced mine with a OEM one. I don't know if a stainless steel one (if you even can) would help since it's at the connection. I'm no mechanic tho. Good luck
Yeah it was pretty odd. Happened out of no where, no rear brake. I was on a hill actually and it started to roll a little bit and so I used my front.
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I was coming thru a corner and needed to stop. Good thing i had a bunch of distance between myself and Jim. Some teenagers on scooters that didn't have anything working but the engine, did a hard stop and turn in front of him and he had to slam on the brakes. I did but i had more room. Not fun
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