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04-30-2009 08:22 AM
750Doug
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Originally Posted by FlaRider View Post
Do you have to change the brake lines?
No you do not.
04-30-2009 12:28 AM
lance328 There are other methods of bleeding but most people don't have a Pressure or Vacuum bleeder, I have both. This method has been around since the first hydraulic brake and still works today.
04-30-2009 12:08 AM
FlaRider
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Originally Posted by lance328 View Post
Just open bleeders and connect a hose to them and stick hose in a bottle. Let M/C drain, after it drains fill with synthetic and let that drain. All old fluid should be out, fill M/C again,and when fluid comes out of the bleeders close the bleeders. Now start to bleed the air out of the system, start with the left front. Squeeze brake and hold thehen open bleeder till lever stops then close bleeder. Slowly pump the lever, squeeze tight and repeat the bleeding process 3-4 times untill air is removed and repeat for other side.
Okay, got it Lance!

Many Thanx!!
04-30-2009 12:04 AM
lance328
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Originally Posted by FlaRider View Post
Doug and Lance --

Is there any special procedure for removing all of the non-synthetic fluid? Do you have to change the brake lines?

Thanx for your explanations!
Just open bleeders and connect a hose to them and stick hose in a bottle. Let M/C drain, after it drains fill with synthetic and let that drain. All old fluid should be out, fill M/C again,and when fluid comes out of the bleeders close the bleeders. Now start to bleed the air out of the system, start with the left front. Squeeze brake and hold thehen open bleeder till lever stops then close bleeder. Slowly pump the lever, squeeze tight and repeat the bleeding process 3-4 times untill air is removed and repeat for other side. Keep an eye on the fluid level, fill when needed.
04-29-2009 11:56 PM
FlaRider
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Originally Posted by OlHossCanada View Post
Note to any other first time front brake pad changers having trouble pushing the brake caliper piston backdown. If you can`t push the piston down with your fingers, try using a c-clamp to push against the old brake pad until the piston is flush with the caliper surface. I`ve been using this method on cars for 30+ years.
Great tip, OlHoss!

I'll add some c-clamps to my growing collection of tools.

Thanx!
04-29-2009 11:47 PM
OlHossCanada
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Originally Posted by lance328 View Post
Did you compress the pistons in ALL the way?
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Originally Posted by FlaRider View Post
Lance --

I squeezed them really hard and they finally compressed all the way.

Many Thanx!!
Note to any other first time front brake pad changers having trouble pushing the brake caliper piston backdown. If you can`t push the piston down with your fingers, try using a c-clamp to push against the old brake pad until the piston is flush with the caliper surface. I`ve been using this method on cars for 30+ years.
04-29-2009 11:43 PM
FlaRider
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Originally Posted by 750Doug View Post
FlaRider,

I've been running synthetic in mine for a year now and the brakes still feel real good. You can buy the small bottle pretty cheap and it's enough to flush and fill.

You won't regret using it it. If you do.
Doug and Lance --

Is there any special procedure for removing all of the non-synthetic fluid? Do you have to change the brake lines?

Thanx for your explanations!
04-29-2009 10:51 PM
750Doug FlaRider,

I've been running synthetic in mine for a year now and the brakes still feel real good. You can buy the small bottle pretty cheap and it's enough to flush and fill.

You won't regret using it it. If you do.
04-29-2009 10:41 PM
lance328
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Originally Posted by FlaRider View Post
Hey Lance --

What is the advantage of Valvoline DOT 4 Synthetic brake fluid? I stayed with non-synthetic this time but I will upgrade to steel brake lines in the future. I may want to switch to Synthetic at that time.

Thanx!
It will not break down by heat and has a higher flash point. Better braking, less spongy feel. Last longer and is less suseptible to absorbe moisture.
04-29-2009 10:34 PM
FlaRider
Synthetic vs. Non-Synthetic Brake fluid?

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Originally Posted by lance328 View Post
Once installed and compressed they will be fine. I do suggest you use Valvoline DOT 4 Synthetic fluid.

Make sure inboard pad is seated properly.

Hey Lance --

What is the advantage of Valvoline DOT 4 Synthetic brake fluid? I stayed with non-synthetic this time but I will upgrade to steel brake lines in the future. I may want to switch to Synthetic at that time.

Thanx!
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