Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Kokomo, IN, USA
Re: Short notice for a "MINI" tech session !! Lafayette IN.
Glad things went well. I would have come over but I already had a gun class scheduled in the morning. If you do the brake flush, and haven't already changed to SS lines, I would plan on doing that at the same time. I have 60K on my '99 and flushed the brakes 2 weeks ago. As I was flushing, I saw little black specs in the fluid as it changed from dark to light. I had a heck of a time getting the left pistons pushed back in, and once the flush was done, the brakes didn't feel well. The next day, coming home from work, the right line split. so, I put SS lines on. The left line that goes to the caliper was blocked and would not even pass air when it was removed. The upper line that goes from the junction block to the frame was split.
I am not going to say it was easy to change them, but it wasn't all that bad. The worse one is the one from the rear master cylinder up to the frame.
I put black Spiegler's on. I ordered direct from the company in Dayton, OH and they were here the next day (at least for those of us in Indiana).
$240 for brake lines is steep, but I am convinced the OEM ones are crap. I know my bike has always had regular fluid changes, so I was surprised when the lines didn't last 60K. The SS lines to feel a little better (stiffer). I don't know that I would change to SS just for the improved braking alone, but certainly with the short life span of the OEM lines, I would get them off.
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