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Old January 13th, 2018, 08:06
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Flaring tool?

The time has arrived that I need to purchase a flaring tool kit. Price is a bit of a concern but I'm more interested in a good value. The main requirement is that it do single, double and bubble flares in ferrous material. I procrastinated too long on a Yellow Jacket kit a local pawn shop had a while back; I never got around to doing the research before pulling the trigger.
I don't imagine that I'll use the thing alot but I don't want it to be a battle every time I do.
Plumbing tends to be a vicious adversary for me, and well, this is plumbing. I'm pretty clueless.

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Old January 13th, 2018, 09:20
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Re: Flaring tool

Primary uses as far as I can see would be brake, trans, fuel and power steering lines on Renix, HO, and late models.
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Old January 14th, 2018, 08:20
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Re: Flaring tool

This is very like the kit I have that I bought 30 years ago: https://www.nationaltoolwarehouse.co...SABEgKu_fD_BwE

If your are not doing a lot of hard line work you could get by with something like this: https://www.harborfreight.com/7-piec...-kit-5969.html
And hand forming your line but a good tubing bender, like this https://www.harborfreight.com/tubing-bender-3755.html makes it easier.

The links are for example and not recommendations.

The kit I have cost around $100 in '84 or '85 dollars. I was doing quite a bit of hard line work back then so it paid off.
I have used super elcheapo sets as well and made good flares. Flaring hard lines is a skill that take practice to get right. I would recommend buying some tubing a practicing until you can do it right every time. There are several good utube videos on how to do it but it takes practice. Pretty much all hard line applications on automobiles are critical systems: brake,fuel, transmission, the flares must be right for safety reasons. That said it is a very doable skill to teach yourself.
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Re: Flaring tool

I have both kits from OTC, have had them for a few years and used both many times. They were priced reasonably too. I would recommend them
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Re: Flaring tool

The biggest issue I found back in the day on double flares, was to have the end of the tube dead square. That seemed to make more difference than the type of flare tool.

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Re: Flaring tool?????????????????????????????????????????????? ????????????????????

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007TN15EG
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Re: Flaring tool?????????????????????????????????????????????? ????????????????????

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Definitely planning for those unforseen situations.
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