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Old 10th January 2006
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Default Threadlocker on brake fittings?

I'm installing a new front brake line on my bike, and I was wondering if I should use some kind of thread locker on the banjo bolt to line connections. It seems like it would be a good idea to use loctite 242 on there.

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NO.

Absolutely no. Definately not required or recommended.

You don't want anything in the system that could contaminate your brake fluid.

You need to use new copper (or aluminum, or stock rubber/aluminum) washers and they will seal everything up just fine and will stay plenty tight.
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Yup, I agree. Take a close look at that banjo bolt. If you "picture" how it works you'll see that loctite would seep into the channel where the brake fluid lives when you tighten to the bolt. That's a bad thing.
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You make some good points. Glad I posted here before I tried something like that
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Don't even attempt it i can see that banjo bolt breaking off later on
and creating more problems down the road.
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One thing to remember.
Replace the washers when removing or replacing the lines.
It is needed to properly seal and hold the banjo bolts in place.
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Ok, so on the subject of washers and banjo fittings, I know to use two washers where a banjo bolt mates to a banjo fitting (one on each side of the banjo fitting), but what about where the brake line screws onto the banjo fitting? Should I use a washer there too? If so, what size? 10mm?
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I can't picture any place where a washer would be appropriate if you're making your own brake line. I guess it depends on your particular setup, but I'd say no. I'm kind of lazy and buy the premade ones though so I'm no expert on the issue.
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The fitting there should be a flare fitting. No washer needed/used.
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Ok, I just got home and looked at my fittings, now I realize that was a stupid question . No place for a washer here.

Good news I have all of the parts for my front bakes now . Should be able to get 'er done tonight.
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