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post #1 of 4 Old Dec 19th, 2005, 2:52 pm Thread Starter
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Dot 4 Brake Fluid - Which Brand?

Are all brands of DOT 4 Brake Fluids the same? Or is one brand better in the brakes and clutch for the K1200LT? I'm getting ready to do some service work.

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All name brands have to conform to the minimum specifications for DOT4, so no need to try and get a specific brand. I used Castrol, but if you don't get the cheapest K-mart/Wal-Mart off brand you will be just fine. (K-mart/Wal-Mart also usually have major brands also.) It is likely that the off-branded ones are also the same stuff labeled differently, but I would not take a chance on them. Good brake fluid is so inexpensive, and so little used on the LT, that saving money here is not going to help your wallet anyway.

Warning: DO NOT get DOT 5 thinking it is better. DOT 5 is silicone based, and will not mix with DOT 4.

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Just wander over to the brake fluid section of your store of choice, and when you see a brand that looks semi-familiar to you, grab it off the shelf and call it a day. (I use Prestone. Because...I've heard of it.)
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