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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-07-2008, 06:42 AM Thread Starter
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Brake bleeding question

I've seen a few posts about tying the brake lever down over night to enhance the bleeding process. (or maybe instead of?)

Anyway, what I haven't seen is what to do with the top on the master cylinder.

Do you leave it on and tightened down?

Leave it on loose with the screws removed?

Leave it off altogether and cover the MC with a rag or something? (obviously it wouldn't be a good idea to leave the MC wide open for any length of time)

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you just leave it tight and on and pump up the lever to build up pressure then tie it down

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Thank you James. I bled them the standard way, then read about this "technique" and thought I'd try it as well.
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I would just for good measure take and hit the bleeder one more time before you remove the tie. I used an old bandana to tie mine down.

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Another little trick is at some mid point of the "overnight process" is to go out to the bike and using the handle of a screwdriver, whack the brake lines. Start from the bottom by the calipher and hit the line "briskly" ...work your way up on both sides and then do the line to the master cylnder.

This helps any tiny bubbles that are stuck to the sides of the hose to find their way up.


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Thanks for the added tips, I'm going to do this later today.
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So, how did it go?



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So, how did it go?



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I'm wondering myself, He should be happy. Mine held up great when I did it.

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I didn't do it until today actually, when I went out to remove the drive unit. I thought if I clamped while I work on the back, the locked front will help keep me from rolling it off the center stand.

So it's only been a couple hours, and I'll probably take it off later this evening. I just used a zip strap...
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When I tried this it worked like a charm, Thanks for the advice!!

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