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just a word to the wise. Get the vacuum bleeder kit !!!
I tried for over 3 hours to get the front brakes bled and could not get any pressure no matter how much I tried.
Pepboys kit for 30 bucks and did the job in 20 minutes.
Brakes are perfect now.
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You can also bleed then as best you can manually, then pull the brake lever as tight as possible and tie it that way and leave it over night. Works like a charm.

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Get yourself a set of Speed Bleeders and you'll be done in 10! I swear by these things, you do the job yourself in no time. They are about 14 bucks a set on ebay or from the company.

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Here's a link to them on ebay.
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just a word to the wise. Get the vacuum bleeder kit !!!
I tried for over 3 hours to get the front brakes bled and could not get any pressure no matter how much I tried.
Pepboys kit for 30 bucks and did the job in 20 minutes.
Brakes are perfect now.
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You can also bleed then as best you can manually, then pull the brake lever as tight as possible and tie it that way and leave it over night. Works like a charm.

Jon
Jon - I'd be willing to bet that dopey137 emptied the MC and lines completely, so priming is a hige PITA.

Dope137 - you've got zero quit in ya! I gave up after about 20 minutes and bought the vacuum bleeder from HF.

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these are all great ideas - and I searched here to figure out why
but I could not get any pressure at all. I have done brake jobs before and this stumped me.
I am not a professional mechanic - read that - working under the tree in the back yard.
So I started from scratch. Checked for pressure at the master cylinder - good there
disconnected the main lines and drained out all the fluid. Hooked up the vacuum to each bleeder and refilled the master cylinder making sure it did not get too low.
I can stop now with confidence.
AJ - you were on the money - could not get it primed and I just hate to give up

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Jon - I'd be willing to bet that dopey137 emptied the MC and lines completely, so priming is a hige PITA.
I did too when I put on the stainless steel lines. Flushed through the m/c a few times with clean, new fluid. Installed the stainless lines, bleed as usual.
Then clamped the brake lever on over night, nice firm lever the next morning.

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I did the clamp thing over night last year, cuz the PO never did anything with the fluid so it was coke coloured and yellow puss. I still don't think that they are firm enough. i completely drained the lines. i just got the speedbleeders in the mail today. Tomorrow im finishing my spline and rect moving and get the speedys on. Hopefully they improve them.

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Get yourself a set of Speed Bleeders and you'll be done in 10! I swear by these things, you do the job yourself in no time. They are about 14 bucks a set on ebay or from the company.
Okay - I'm a network engineer... not a mechanic, and I've never bled a thing in my life other than myself. So I have to add, after doing a little reading (thanks to Cliff) these little Speed Bleeders do-dads appear to make bleeding the 750's brakes a non-event. Why would one need anything else? Why a vacuum bleeder? Why all the hassle when/if these guys make it so simple for so little $$ ?

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It seems to me that the only other thing you might need is a small container connected to the speed bleeder with a hose to keep the brake fluid off the wheel, tire and floor.

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