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I have a 93 vn750 that has been in the shop forever. I described my multiple issues in the newbie forum. I'm still being told that they are unable to bleed the breaks and that the calpers are the last thing they can try to replace. OEM caliper assembly is $267.00 each...this is crazy. I am going to look on ebay for used ones but just want to get my bike on the road ASAP. Any ideas??? :mad:
 

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If the calipers need replaced. Ebay would be the first place I'd go. But I don't understand why they can't bleed the breaks.Good luck!
If you don't have a copy. Repair manual.
http://www.tocmanufacturing.com/Products.htm
(The manual is under "Other Links":)
 

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Most of us have found that bleeding brakes as best as possible, then tieing the brake lever fully tight over night, then bleeding one more time does it.

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I have a 93 vn750 that has been in the shop forever. I described my multiple issues in the newbie forum. I'm still being told that they are unable to bleed the breaks and that the calpers are the last thing they can try to replace. OEM caliper assembly is $267.00 each...this is crazy. I am going to look on ebay for used ones but just want to get my bike on the road ASAP. Any ideas??? :mad:
There was a full set of calipers and hoses on eBay just the other day - oops, they sold yesterday. But here are two full sets for sale: item number 170151126544 and number 330169262790 (although I don't like the looks of the hoses on that). And there's also a listing for the calipers separately (left and right - two different listings). I still think your calipers could probably use a good cleaning, maybe you need new pads (who doesn't? :) ), and then someone competent-not-at-your-shop to bleed the lines. Worst case scenario, replace the hoses.

Did you ever get in touch with Mark (Foxhound)?

Again, I'd grab my bike from the chop shop, download the manual for which kanuck posted the link, and hit up eBay for parts. And the Forum for tech advice. :D
 

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Most of us have found that bleeding brakes as best as possible, then tieing the brake lever fully tight over night, then bleeding one more time does it.

Jon
Yep thats what I had to do.

Sound to me like your shop is ****ing you over. (..pardon my french...)

I agree, get the bike out of there before you end up spending more money and get a manual and do it yourself...

KM
And I couldnt agree more, If they cant bleed them, find a new shop
 

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Sound to me like your shop is f(censored)g you over. (..pardon my french...)
KM
lmao That's the first time I've seen anyone actually type out the whole spelling here. I was just thinking the other day how decent everyone is. And no I'm not offended in any way. I actually have found it to be one of my more common words. lol Nice to someone being straight forward. There's nothing worse than someone screwing you! (& you didn't want to be screwed!) bsides I'm censored:blah: Damb that makes 3!
 

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There was an issue about some ribald language in a post recently - I can't remember the details, 'cept one Forum member noted that his granddaughter reads the posts and he was hoping we'd keep it clean. Might wanna go back and edit that, just as a courtesy to whoever's reading.

That said, I agree on the shop assessment. The brakes are a closed system - if you can't bleed 'em, there's a very limited number of things that can be the problem, though my guess is it's in the hoses, not the calipers.

Hey, anyone wanna open a shop on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with me? :D
 

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Why not a traveling shop? Tour the country and fix VN750's!
I'd go for that!! :smiley_th

Have wrench will travel. :motorcycl
 

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need calipers

looks like i am going to need the calipers. there's a set on ebay but the ending time is 2 days and 9 hours from now. Let me know if you have them and what it will cost to get them from you. Thanks!
 

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thanks, I just got a set off of ebay for $34.00 including shipping. am debating whether to pick up the bike and have a friend put them on or if to just let this mechanic finish this mess...
 

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ok guys, i'm back to square 1. 5 weeks and $1100.00 later and an entire new brake system from master cylinder to replacing the calipers and everything in between and the mechanic still cant get the brakes to bleed??? this guy owns a large shop and has a big buisness and I think he knows his stuff but maybe not his vulcans. I am very frustrated and can't afford a new bike. Any suggestions?
 

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Get a new mechanic. I don't believe this man knows what he is doing. Unless water got into the system and gunked everything up.
 

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Kys,
I completly drained my brake system and then refilled with new brake fluid. I must have bled the brake system about 16 times and there was still an air bubble in the system somewhere. I finally got frustrated and let the bike just sit overnight and then rode it the next morning. The brakes were spongy at first and then firmed up and have been great ever since. I believe that there is a place in the master cylinder where an air bubble gets lodged and no amount of bleeding will remove it. I noticed that if I tapped on the cylinder with the lid off, I could see air bubble up from the opening where the brake piston sits. This was after going through about a can and a half of brake fluid trying to get rid of the air. The vibration from multiple brake handle pulls and the road I believe finally disloged it so that the brakes work fine. You may want to try this after your mech friend refills the system for the last time.
Rapidly pull and release the brake lever for about 2-3 minutes and then take it for a short ride somewhere with little to no traffic and again exercise the brake lever. I think you will find that the problem will solve itself once that pesky air bubble is jarred loose.
BTW, mine is also a 93.
 
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