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Master Cylinder Q's

Okay, so I am upgrading my master cylinder on my '74 914, 2.0 L. The old one came off with minimal trouble. I am now to the difficult part. I am trying to get the reservoir lines to seat properly. I actually don't have any trouble having room to do it (I removed the reservoir from its bracket and it gave me the room I needed). The problem is that I don't know when it is properly seated. I feel like they are on as far as they will go, but I'm not sure. Am I supposed to hear or feel something? I don't think I need to remove the grommets from the master cylinder, but I want to make sure I'm doing it right. Can y'all help?
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Installing the reservoir lines is a big pain. Yes, you can remove the rubber grommets from the MC. However, if my memory is still working, it is more difficult to install the lines with the grommets out.
Try leaving the grommets in place and using some silcone spray. When pushing the lines in place, you should be able to feel the lines seat.

Now another trick that requires more work is to remove the gas tank; then remove the reservoir lines. Install the lines into the MC before installing the MC. Feed the lines through the bottom & connect the top end of the lines to the reservoir.
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Big pain but agree it's easier to just remove the gas tank for more access. And yes, push the lines in with the rubber grommets already in place. You'll be improving your vocabulary a lot before the job is done...
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Throw away the plastic lines and replace the lines with "blue hose" from Pelican. Cut them a little long and you will have enough hose attached to the MC so it can be lowered a bit and the fittings put in place.

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