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post #1 of 5 Old Sep 8th, 2006, 10:26 pm Thread Starter
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Clutch bleeding procedure

I did a search in the HOW and in the archives but can't find what I'm looking for.

I replaced the slave cylinder and need to bleed the clutch. I read the manual but was wondering if there were any shortcuts. Do I need to remove the handlebar trim and rotate the clutch resevoir? Only the germans would actually make you do something like this.

Is there a link to a more efficient procedure or is the manual as simple as it gets?

When I turn the handlebars to full right lock the resevoir looks pretty close to being level to me. How close does it need to be?

I need to pick up a bleed screw in the morning someplace. I missed that on my list of parts and tools.

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You can get the speed bleeders from NAPA. I think I paid $11 or so for a pair. The procedure itself is pretty straight forward. If you install the bleeders, the fluid should gravity feed into the slave. You may have to get a positive displacement suction assist on the bleed side to draw the fluid and bubbles through, but should be no big deal to get an air-free system with a little patience.
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post #3 of 5 Old Sep 8th, 2006, 11:26 pm
 
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http://www.speedbleeder.com/

These work great. The 99 LT is pretty simple. Here is the thread post from the past.
http://www.bmwlt.net/ubbthreads/show...&sb=5&o=0&vc=1
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post #4 of 5 Old Sep 9th, 2006, 6:25 am
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A little heads up on speed bleeders, or any bleeder for that matter. If you're having problems bleeding, air is getting around the threads of the bleeder. Use a leetle teflon tape to seal them up.

Joel's write up on bleeding is good. I just turn the handlebars without locking and wrap a rag around the reservoir. Might lay an old towel on the body work, too.



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I don't rotate the master cylinder. You can get pretty close by just turning the handlebars. If you're picky, then park the bike on a slight slant (driveway entrance) to get the master cylinder a bit more level. But the big thing is to not let the fluid get low enough to draw in more air.

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