Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Austin, TX, USA
On the topic of brakes ... 2002 LT
Having had both front and rears fail in Steamboat on the way home from CCR, I've rhetorically asked myself a few questions that might be answered in a FAQ, but I've not seen it addressed.
For quite a few years (pioneered by Volvo or Mercedes), automotive brake systems have been dual-redundant (insomuch as I understand the concept) --
There appear to be two chambers in the master cylinder, each one supplying brake fluid/pressure to a separate set of brake lines, usually covering three of the four-wheel brake systems.
In this case, a failure of the brake lines in one system will not stop the other system from functioning, albeit maybe at a reduced effectiveness compared to both systems working.
I was told by the dealer, (and borne out by my experience), that for all the advanced brake technology on the LT, the system is essentially only one closed system. The failure of the brake line at the fitting on the right front caliper managed to take out all braking function on my '02 LT.
Is this a conscious design choice/criteria, or did my system not work as designed?
I have had Lonestar fit the Spiegler's, so as I have understood some, this should remove the concern of this same problem reoccurring.
With the dual-reservoir rear and handlebar-mounted front reservoir, the ABS pump and all the other kit associated with the ABS system, it does not appear that weight-saving or simplicity would be the overriding reason to not have some redundancy - at the very least, one front side caliper system could be independent of the other.
I must be missing something elementary here ...
Paul -- '02 K1200 LT - Toscana 'Olive'