How to Assemble Braided Steel Hose

Heard horror stories about assembling braided steel hose, or have a few to tell yourself? Cut hands, marked up hose ends, more fighting and cursing than a hockey game? It doesn’t have to be that way. We’ve assembled over a mile of braided steel line in our lifetime and it can be painless to do if you follow a few steps.  Let us know how this works for you. And please share any tips of your own in the comment section below!

2 thoughts on “How to Assemble Braided Steel Hose”
    John Cappa May 8, 2015,1:48 pm

    After working with several kinds of hose, I don’t think I would ever go back to braided stainless. It’s such a pain to work with. I hate getting poked by the stainless wire during assembly. Also, weld spatter sticks to the stainless sheath and can cause a high-pressure line to fail. For fuel lines and anything under 250 psi, I’ve switched to the Earl’s press-fit Super-Stock hose and fittings and have not had any issues. Works great for EFI fuel lines.

    Thad Wright August 24, 2015,1:00 am

    It is best to think rationally when building a host to determine if you really do need braided lines, or if you just want the look of them. Braided lines are for use in areas where lines can easily be damaged.
    On aircraft (where these type of lines originated) they are used in engine bays and landing gear wheel wells. Now the reasoning for this is not simply that there are moving parts, but that these lines are vital and around items prone to failure. A power take off shaft on a motor (similar to a driveshaft, but made from thin fragile tubing) will flop all around an engine bay if it breaks (you can’t exactly just pull over and see what that noise was) and the lines need protecting since they often take vital engine oil to coolers in the fuel tanks. In landing gear wheel wells the retracting gear still has a tire spinning at a extremely high rate of speed (100-200 mph). If the tire has blown out then as the gear retracts it will bring the shredded tire closer to the lines which raise and lower the landing gear. No one wants the gear to not go back down.
    But if you are considering making an entire line braided just because one spot is near your exhaust and one spot goes across a rough edge, it’s time to reconsider. There are plenty of sources of heat shielding and chaff protection that can do the job more easily and even save you some cash.