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Clutch hydraulic line - Expereince? solutions?

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Does anybody have any experience with brands of new hydraulic clutch lines with the quick-disconnect fitting? I've rebuilt my clutch and decided to purchase a new clutch hydraulic line ($55, ouch). This is the Perfection brand. But the plastic collar around the quick-disconnect fitting looks awfully flimsy. I don't know if I have a lot of confidence it's going to do its disconnect trick if I have to pull the tranny 50K miles from now. So did I just blow $55? Has anybody else bought a different brand that seemed more substantial?

My old one wasn't even leaking. The only problem was that the white plastic collar of the quick-disconnect fitting was all boogered up. It wasn’t easy to get off this time. (“Quick-disconnect”, my hind-end!) I was afraid it might be impossible to remove If I should need to replace the line or pull transmission again for any reason. (This is my first time installing a new clutch, so maybe if something didn't go right and I have to pull again ...) If that happens, I don't want to have to cut the line and install new slave cylinder just because I can't remove the stupid fitting. So I figured better to bite the bullet now.

Does anybody know any innovative tricks for getting the line off if the collar has collapsed? I wonder if anybody has found any sort of common collar shaped object that could function as a substitute - or hopefully an improvement.


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I have never read of anyone having problems with the OEM lines down the road. They may be difficult to remove, but very rarely fail. If your hell bent on something better see if Russel or Earls has the quick disconnect fittings for the master and slave cylinder and replace the black plastic line with braided stainless. I know they carry the master cylinder fitting because I use it on my truck, but run a completely different slave.
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That's good to hear that they rarely fail. Thanks for the helpful info.

I wasn't so worried about the line failing as just not being able to remove it some day because of the plastic collar being worn down. But even so, it seems like one could stick in a screwdriver or punch or something and - while it may not be easy - still be able to detach the line. It's not like I'd have to do it very often. So maybe I'll just return that new line to the store and take my chances on my old one.
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