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    Expandable Braided Chrome Cable Covers/Sleeves

    Years ago, a member here or on the OA site sent me a piece of an expandable braided chrome cover/sleeve that is very soft to the touch and lays flat. I have been scouring the 'Net trying to find an exact match for it, and have come pretty close, but still haven't found an exact match. The one that is close to it is called TechFlex Flexo Chrome XC, but looking at the pics up close, it doesn't look exactly like the piece I have.

    Sooooo...if you've used these types of covers/sleeves, can you share the product info so I can try and find a match, please? I'm needing to find more and want this particular product because of its looks and softness (non-scratching).

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    I have used a type of braided chrome sleeve that works like the classic Chinese finger trap. When you push the ends together, it expands in diameter and can fit over various cable/wire ends such as a brake line banjo fitting. Then, after slipping over any large portions of the line, the ends are pulled apart and the diameter shrinks down to fit tightly onto the cable. After putting it on the lines, I then put clear shrink tube over it and shrunk the heat tube into place. This traps the braided chrome sleeve in place permanently. I bought the expandable wire loom at this location: http://www.cabletiesandmore.com/chromesleeving.php and the clear shrink tube here: http://www.cabletiesandmore.com/heat...1-category.php

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    I forgot to mention that the piece I have is just as you described. Also, it is very close to the same stuff you posted the link for. I may just have to go that route if I can't find anything to match the piece I have.

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    Got a picture of what you are looking for Jason?

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    Here are a couple of pics...it's hard to get the detail of the braid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinish View Post
    I have used a type of braided chrome sleeve that works like the classic Chinese finger trap. When you push the ends together, it expands in diameter and can fit over various cable/wire ends such as a brake line banjo fitting. Then, after slipping over any large portions of the line, the ends are pulled apart and the diameter shrinks down to fit tightly onto the cable. After putting it on the lines, I then put clear shrink tube over it and shrunk the heat tube into place. This traps the braided chrome sleeve in place permanently. I bought the expandable wire loom at this location: http://www.cabletiesandmore.com/chromesleeving.php and the clear shrink tube here: http://www.cabletiesandmore.com/heat...1-category.php
    That sounds like a very interesting way to modify brake lines. I wonder if it would effect the squishiness of old lines?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beastie Boy View Post
    That sounds like a very interesting way to modify brake lines. I wonder if it would effect the squishiness of old lines?
    Almost certainly not. The expandable wire loom is weak and the shrunken shrink tubing is not that much stronger. If you want to get rid of the "squishiness", you will need to go to aftermarket braided lines.

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