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Brake lines w/ Explorer Axle

I'm looking at Summit for some steel brake lines I can use for my Explorer Axle swap, but I am not sure what I need. Do I need a banjo fitting to attach to the caliper? If so, what size? I am going to need a female end to attach to the hard line, but what is the factory size? I plan on bending new hard line, but I was thinking on keeping the fittings the same size so I can use the factory distribution block off the Ranger. Thanks for any help.
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The best I could find is This .
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I am not sure if that will work. Do you not have a line at all right now? I could get some pictures of the rubber line if you would like.
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We used two stock Explorer passenger side rubber lines on Bill's truck, then ran hard lines up to the top of the diff where we reused the stock Ranger supply hose and t-block. This was on a Level II axle with Explorer discs but you should be able to do the same thing on the Ex axle.

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We used two stock Explorer passenger side rubber lines on Bill's truck, then ran hard lines up to the top of the diff where we reused the stock Ranger supply hose and t-block. This was on a Level II axle with Explorer discs but you should be able to do the same thing on the Ex axle.

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Ok, this was the other way I was thinking. I kinda wanted two steel lines off of summit because they are the same price as rubber lines from the parts store, but oh well. No Zach, I did not buy any of my brake lines yet, is there another way to do it?

On a side note, rwenzing, what year Explorer did that Diff cover come off of?
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that is a 2002-2004 Explorer IRS Cover. IRS = Independent Rear Suspension

I might have the ford part numbers for the brake lines around here. Seems like they are not bad priced.

I can have the lines custom made at a shop local here probably be like 50-60 bucks.
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I might have the ford part numbers for the brake lines around here. Seems like they are not bad priced.

I can have the lines custom made at a shop local here probably be like 50-60 bucks.
Part numbers would be great. When you say that you can have the lines made, are you talking about the whole set-up or just the hard lines?
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I can have the flex hoses made and I can pickup the hard lines. I just bent my hard lines with the tool and my hands.

The flex lines can be stainless steel braided or rubber, its a little more costly than some of the summit stuff but that is because the shop is DOT approved and the lines/fittings are stamped.
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I cannot find the Ford Numbers yet, but I do have the Napa number

Item#: UP 380528

Price: $17.69

you need two passenger side ones. then goto the distribution block with hard lines.
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Ok, I can bend the hard lines myself. I dont have the double flare tool, so I'll just buy a them pre-made and then bend them. I'll also just stop at NAPA to buy the rubber lines. Would have been nice to get a steel line to match the front, but I'm not going to pay $50 each. Thanks for the info. guys, the project is at a stand still while I wait for my Aussie Locker, which is on backorder.
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any reason you chose the Aussie Locker?
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Well, price ($239.99). Also, the guy who made the aussie locker also made the Detroit EZ lock. He said that he took what he learned from the EZ lock, and made a better part with the Aussie locker. I have never seen a bad review for it, many people say it's very good on the road, there is nothing the wear out, and the warranty is second to none. I can deal with a little clicking (said to be quieter then ez locker, lock rite, etc.) because there are many other pros.
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good info, thanks
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Yeah, I'll do some kind of review once I get it and after I have driven with it for a while.
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I can deal with a little clicking (said to be quieter then ez locker, lock rite, etc.) because there are many other pros.

Just for the record I have only heard my EZ locker once. I think that could be because I have TSLs they are very loud so my radio volume is always high.
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Just for the record I have only heard my EZ locker once. I think that could be because I have TSLs they are very loud so my radio volume is always high.
Yeah, thats what other people say also. The only time you can hear "lunchbox" lockers are when the windows are down and the radio is off. With my x-terrains and the exhaust I plan on doing, I dont see it being a problem.
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