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Replaced the brakes lines with Spieglers due to a brake line failure. In need of the special tool(s) needed to bleed the ABS unit. Would someone with these be willing to loan them out. Thanks in advance..

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I replaced my brake lines last winter - same year as yours. What I ended up doing for tools to access those pesky recessed bleeders is to go to Home Depot, buy two 7 mm combination wrenches for $1.99 each and bend the box end of one 90 degrees. This allows access to R1 on the side of the module once you unclamp the rigid brake lines. You will need to remove your battery to access F1. Accessing F2, R2, F3 & R3 will take the other standard 7 mm wrench.

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Thanks Jim I will give that a try.

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I used a small crescent wrench to turn the 90 degree bent box wrench
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Jim I bought the Husky wrench as well but how did you bend the end of the box? Torch? thanks.
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Jim I bought the Husky wrench as well but how did you bend the end of the box? Torch? thanks.
I use a propane torch when I need to bend a wrench. I know some people just clamp them in a vice and bend away.

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Jim I bought the Husky wrench as well but how did you bend the end of the box? Torch? thanks.
I used a heat gun to heat up the wrench first, clamped it in a vice and hammered it over 90 degrees. It bent pretty easily. Above I meant to say I used a small crescent wrench on the bent box wrench to loosen / tighten the bleeder.

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I never would have thought a heat gun would produce enough heat or the propane. I tried bending it in the vice but it seemed pretty solid and I was afraid it would snap.
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I never would have thought a heat gun would produce enough heat or the propane. I tried bending it in the vice but it seemed pretty solid and I was afraid it would snap.
A heat gun is unlikely to help much as steel doesn't weaken much until 1,000 F. Propane in air burns at more than 3,000 F so it will definite get the job done.

I bought a cheap wrench and it bent fine cold. A high quality wrench might need heat. I used a 1/4" socket with a u-joint to initially loosen the bleed valves and then do the final tightening. That way I only had to use the combination wrench for the flushing operation and you need very little torque for that.

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Could you not just use a crowfoot wrench

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I think the crowfoot wrenches are a little to beefy to get in to all the bleeders. The HD Husky wrench is a good "cheap" alternative I think. I'd like to see how the dealers bleed them and what type of socket, wrench and/or pressure bleeders that they use.
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Could you not just use a crowfoot wrench
Way too bulky, both for the 1/4" drive attachment nub and being open end. The bent box wrench fit perfectly and could be snaked between the rigid brake lines on the outboard R1 side. Voyager, is your 2007 as obstructed as the older iABS modules? - see photo. The clamping bolt in the right side of the photo is removed to allow sufficient flex of the lines.

The heat gun gets it close to 1000F and definitely seemed to soften the metal. No doubt a propane torch can get it hotter but wasn't needed. Maybe it could have been bent cold as well but I didn't test that. A higher quality chrome vanadium wrench is likely too brittle to bend like that without getting it cherry red.
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