I recently upgraded my brake lines to Hel braided versions for the front and mid section whilst also fitting and R32 front and rear setup.The guy I bought them from who sells on ebay was really helpful and is a hel agent and actually makes the lines to sell on.
Apparently he has made a set of braided lines which go from the mid section all the way to the caliper and do away with the brake line thats attached to the rear axle. It was a custom job and I'm not sure if it would yeild any benefits but it is possible and has been done.
Braided hoses look nice and may offer better protection and perhaps give a very slight ly better feel but will do nothing for braking performance compared with good quality standard hoses that are in good condition. Replacing a solid pipe with a braided hose cannot be an improvement IMHO, simple physics
Braided hoses have got to be one of the least cost effective improvements going for a road car
The thing is though the hoses, on modern vw certainly, are very strong and don't 'balloon' like older cars used to, even with high miles and age. So the benefits are pretty low these days, check out even a brand new mk2 golf one for example and compare, you'll see what I mean.
I'm sure modern hoses are stronger but under higher pressure, the weakest part of the systems after the hard lines will be the hoses and even if it's more for piece of mind, surely a braided hose would be less susceptible to ballooning than a non braided. I understand R32 lines came as standard with internal braiding so there must be something in it and for me, R32 lines were not the right fit, much more expensive and not a cool translucent blue colour like the Hel lines.
They make a massive difference on motorbikes.
I have a custom streetfighter and custom harley sportster so I had to have custom brake lines and they were quite cheap about £60 for each bike and you can choose the colour, fitting, angle of fittings, length, diameter, choose banjos and come with copper washers. I've been very impressed with the quality of the hel custom lines
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