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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-13-2019, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Stripped Brake Reservoir Bolts

I'm in the process of flushing my front brakes and I stripped out the front brake reservoir bolts. Suggestions on getting them out and what replacements have you guys used if I don't want to purchase replacement OE bolts.


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One of mine was stripped by a PO. I had to use a small EZ Out to remove it. Take the good one to a hardware store that sells metric bolt and screws. Get two stainless the same size.

EZ Outs are sold at most places they sell tools. Harbor Freight, Sears, Home Depot etc. Probably at auto parts stores also.

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I learned a trick from a tool and die maker. If you have a metal punch, use this to create an indentation in the screw head. After it's left a mark, angle the punch so that hitting it will rotate the screw in the loosening direction. This will both bite on the screw, and turn it.

This should loosen it enough to get it out.

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I would drill the heads off, remove the cover. and use visegrips to remove the part sticking up out of the reservoir. These screws are VERY soft, and you have to be VERY careful working on them. If you break them off flush with the reservoir, the reservoir is ruined. I would replace them with stock ones, they have tapered heads that fit into countersunk holes. I suppose you could use flat head screws that cover the entire top of the hole, or put a washer under them. I doubt you will find screws in the U.S. with the same taper. They are not expensive. I had the cover off on my '02 at least 7-8 times and never damaged the screws. But I bought it new and used the right size screwdriver, and didn't overtighten them. Also, on a bike that is left outside, screws like that will corrode, making them almost impossible to get out.

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So I actually went to bleed my brakes as well and ran into trouble. Long story short the reservoir I have will not longer work. Will this replace it? I was thinking of just swapping the levers out for the chrome ones I have on my bike currently.
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Originally Posted by Firstbike750 View Post
So I actually went to bleed my brakes as well and ran into trouble. Long story short the reservoir I have will not longer work. Will this replace it? I was thinking of just swapping the levers out for the chrome ones I have on my bike currently.
There are a few questions that must be answered before you could get a true and complete answer. Why do you say the reservoir will no longer work? Is there a blockage in the line and the problem is not the reservoir itself. there could be a blockage in the reservoir or the line that is causing the problem. I believe there was someone that rebuilt their reservoir on this forum but I myself would locate the actual problem myself first. Find where the actual problem is. Disconnect the line at the end away from the reservoir and see if there is any fluid being pumped and if not disconnect at the reservoir and try to see if there is any fluid action. If there was a large amount of cud in the bowl if might have been forced into the passage to the brakes and causing a blockage.

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