Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Tucson, AZ, USA
Re: Rear Brake stopped working.
It is common that these rubber lines spring leaks. It's not hard to replace both lines, just time consuming.
There many be a place near you that can make the brake lines, if, and only, if you bring the lines from your LT to them.
Rem that you have to use DOT4; that brake fluid eats paint. Bleeding the lines is easy. You can push down on the rear brake lever and turn the nipple while you push down. The same for the front brake line. The same for the clutch.
You will need a funel with a long neck.
The stock brembo brakes and the stock clutch lines have these nasty things called grub screws. I replaced them with "speed-bleeders". The LT uses two different size bleeders. While the speed bleeders would make it easier, since we can reach all of the nipples while pushing levers, the bleeders are not necessary. I had to put vice grips on the grub screws along with a lot of pressure to brake the screws free from the lock-tight.
The clear hose makes it easy to capture the fluid and monitor its color.
When you squeeze either the clutch or front brake lever, fluid will fountain from the reservoir. Make sure you have clean rags handy. You can cover the reservoir, make sure air can get in. Or, as someone on this site suggested, place a quarter in the reservoir over the small hole.
The directions want you to put your bike on the center stand, and then to loosen the reservoir so that they are level with respect to the ground. The full lines inside the reservoir are for when you follow the directions.
It's a good idea to have a few extra washers for the banjo bolts.
I made myself a BIG!!!! problem when I replaced the brake lines. For some reason I though the clutch line should have the same resistance at it's lever as the brake line--NOT!!!
While you are at it, find the wire-tie on the rear brake line that digs into the wire from the rear sending unit, and get rid of it. look up intermittent speedometer speedo.
Enjoy the Dragon with perfectly working brakes. You can run most of the curves on the Dragon in second gear at high RPMS.
If you do not already6 have the habit of reducing foot pressure on the pegs when they start scraping, rem to try it. And, yes the tupperware will start to scrape shortly after you let the scraping peg to push your foot up.
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