Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Columbus Ohio, USA
Getting longer front break hose... (Please advise)
Okay so here's the skinny...
I bought 12"apes from Flanders (7/8" wide center measures H 12", PB 13 5/8", C 8 3/8", W 34", part# 650-03141), and have begun the install process. I have everything dismantled and have the new bars on loosely enough to realize I need at least a new front brake hose if not all new cables (I do want to get braided cables but I'm not looking forward to the price they carry).
I have been reading my clymer book and I think I can do this on my own, especially with the guidance on this board! It is obvious I will be bleeding the front breaks, so I presume my shopping list will consist of:
DOT 3 or 4 brake fluid (Does it matter which? Any recommendations? How much do I need?)
New front brake hose (I want it to be long enough but not too long. Is there a way to "hide" the excess in case I decide to go up to 16" at some point?) I see this book points out there is one upper hose and 2 lower hoses. Do these come in sets? Do I need to replace the lower hoses or is it okay to change just the upper hose to facilitate my mod?
Some sort of hose to facilitate bleeding the line (any recommendations? This will be totally new water for me so I'm open to any guidance offered)
A container to catch old brake fluid (Perhaps an empty milk jug would work?)
A shop syringe (to keep the wife from being upset about losing a turkey baster)
I suppose a lot of this will be revealed when I head to Iron Pony shortly, but I'd like some input from this group as well. They seem to know their stuff there so hopefully they won't steer me wrong. I'll snap some more pictures and check back soon.. hope to have this done today- I'd love to ride (it's supposed to get close to 60)!