Bending the brake lines was one the most frustrating and rewarding parts of the build. By the time I was done, I was getting pretty good at it. The suggestions above are good. I bought my tubing bender from HF - cheap and worth twice the price.
Tip 1 - OK, you have a perfectly formed brake line, you're standing there thinking about how beautiful a job you did, you're even congratulating yourself on the perfect double flare you put in the end, then you notice the fitting laying on the work bench, and you realize you now have a beautiful pattern for the REAL brake line! Don't forget to put the fitting on the line BEFORE you flare it. Fortunately, FFR gives you more than enough raw brake line to allow you to screw up a couple times.
Tip 2 - Do the long lines FIRST. If you screw up a medium or long line (like to the rear brakes,) don't throw it away! You may be able to make some of the shorter lines from the bad one.
Tip 3 - When you make the second (internal) flare on your double flare, don't force it all the way down. Let the compression of the fitting do the final little bit of finish so that you get a perfect metal to metal fit.
Use a "spring bender". That is what I used and use at work quite often. It is nothing more than a long spring that you slide over the tubing and then make your bends wherever you like them. You can make an amazingly tight bend with these without kinking your line. They are made of stainless and fit tightly enough around the tubing so when you bend it, it does not allow the tubing to egg shape and kink.
They have them at Lowes with the other assortment of tubing benders.
You can straighten the tubing pretty well with these too.
I used the coiled tubing fron the kit to make my templates. I then used the preflared lines from the parts store for the good lines. I used the HF bender for partial bends and a 1" socket screwed to the body buck for the loops.
Richard's idea is one of the best I have heard of yet. Why the heck didn't I think of that? For the most part, I used a couple of medium to large size sockets and clamped them in a bench vice, then wrapped around for bend. I was very pleased with the outcome.
Lot of good advice here on bending, but the best advice has to do with the flares and I can't repeat it loudly enough. USE PREFLARED TUBING!!!! That's the voice of experience. The best care you take with your flares won't match the quality you can buy from the factory, and it ain't that much.
I used Richard's coat hanger method last night and it worked great, Thanks Richard. Also, NAPA sells pre-flaired brake lines in standard lengths. A 51 inch piece of tubing is only $4.00, so mistakes don't cost much. Thanks for the advice, everyone.
This probably goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway. Don't run your front-to-back brake or fuel lines along the bottom of the 4" tubes. Run them along the side of the tube, up away from the bottom so they won't get pinched on those extra high speed bumps.
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