While much of the advertising in the brake line industry revolves around the split between braided steel brake lines and conventional rubber brake lines, a third, lesser known option exists. Copper Nickel Brake Line Tubing is an increasingly popular alternative brake line, consisting of a special alloy of copper and nickel for maximum utility and usefulness.
This unique brake line has a range of advantages over its competitors, including:
While steel brake lines suffer from the possibility of corrosion and rubber can perish in the elements under certain conditions, copper nickel brake line tubing is extremely resistant to corrosion. Steel brake lines are treated or galvanised to resist corrosion, but a scratch to this exterior coating will allow corrosion to penetrate, and the lower density of iron oxide will result in an expansion of the weak point, the exposure of new metal, and ultimately, failure of the line.
This is not the case with copper nickel brake line, as the material it is constructed out of is entirely resistant to rusting and corrosion. There is no coating to damage and no weak point to exploit – it is impervious to corrosion.
Ease of Use
Copper nickel brake line tubing is easy to use and easy to work on – the material is soft enough to bend by hand, and can easily be cut, flared and bent to fit your car or motorcycle. Without the need for specialist tools, your work will be much easier, and thanks to the bright appearance of the copper nickel material, it will be easy to locate and identify the pipe among the often-confusing mass of similar piping on the underside of your vehicle.
The bright appearance mentioned above is a practical aid, increasing visibility while working on the vehicle, but it is also an aesthetic upgrade. Copper-nickel brake line tubing polishes to a brilliant shine, providing a copper-coloured brake line tube which stands out against the dark backdrop to add a splash of colour to the vehicle’s interior.
While stainless steel braided brake lines can be expensive and rubber brake lines are often standard-issue, it can be difficult to find an aftermarket brake line upgrade whichbalances cost-efficiency with increased capability. Copper nickel brake line tubing is corrosion resistant, easy to work with, inexpensive and has a long operative life, making it one of the most cost-effective brake line materials.
For more information on copper nickel brake line tubing, or to order one for yourself, you can get in touch with Brakequip on 01257 220010or use the website linked in this blog post to get in contact! The experts at the Brakequip head office will be happy to help you find the perfect brake line tube for your needs.