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Extended Brake Hose Problems ???

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  1. fupar
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    I want to order the extended BRAKE HOSE kit from Baron's Custom.

    My bike has the front upper brake hose that goes down to a splitter. From the splitter, two lower brake hoses take the brake fluid down to the brake calipers.

    Here's the problem -
    The front brake hose kit that they sell is a different set-up than what is on my bike.
    They sell you only 2 brake hoses, and a LONGER banjo bolt that will hold the two hoses in the reservoir (instead of one hose). These two hoses connect right onto the brake calipers. They totally do away with the need for a splitter.

    Has anyone had any problems with this 2 hose brake hose kit?
    Any complaints? Any brake fluid leaks, from using that longer banjo bolt?

  2. quicgmicg
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    I've not heard of any problems, but you can have a single hose made that will probably be a lot less expensive. I had one built, 4 inches longer than stock for $30 bucks or so. Everything else stayed the same...no leakage and many happy miles of stopping. Just look in the yellow pages or do an internet search for a business that builds brake hoses. Most every town has one. Most of these guys even offer a choice in hose materials.

    Hope that helps....

  3. donjlip
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    Check out J&P cycles look under brakes on left side of home page Tony

  4. fupar
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    ...you can have a single hose made that will probably be a lot less expensive...
    Do you have one brake caliper on your front wheel, or two?
    Mine has two, so I would need two brake hoses.

    Or, are you saying to have a company make one brake hose that would split and feed both calipers?

  5. quicgmicg
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    I have 2 calipers on my bike.

    I just replaced the upper hose. There was no reason to replace the bottom ones after the splitter or to mess with the splitter.

    In essence all I replaced was the hose that goes from the brake master cylinder to the splitter under the lower triple tree. That gave me plenty of length to get my cruiser bars on. After that a simple brake bleed got me back on the road.

    I've seen the kits you are talking about but never really liked having 2 hoses coming from the master cylinder. As I mentioned earlier, if you can find someone to make them for you at a reasonable price, just take your hoses as samples and they will duplicate them in whatever material you want as long as it is DOT certified for brake hose. If there are custom bike shops around you can ask them who builds their hoses and cables and they can also get you headed in the right direction.

  6. fupar
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    ...If there are custom bike shops around you can ask them who builds their hoses and cables and they can also get you headed in the right direction.
    Sounds good.
    Now, if I can just find a custom bike shop around here.
    Houston's big enough. I guess I just have to start looking around.

  7. zhatovofzelf
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    Connect TimB. at Metric Magic. He will have what you need.

    Dan

  8. fupar
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    Connect TimB. at Metric Magic. He will have what you need.Dan
    Thanks.
    I just called him. He actually has what I need, and will ship it to me for about 1/3 of what I would have had to pay elsewhere.

  9. quicgmicg
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    That's great the Tim had your stuff. I haven;t done anything with him yet, but I'm due for a new clutch and plan on giving him a try....

  10. fupar
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    I decided not to buy a brake hose from METRIC MAGIC.

    I don't have anything against the company.
    I just happened to find a local company that manufactures brake hoses at their own location. They can make you a brake hose any length you want. It only took them 15 minutes. It cost me $64 out the door.
    They made it according to my specs, and gave me a choice of colors, and also type of material. Of course, I went with stainless steel to match my other cables.

    They even let me into the shop, to watch them build the hose.

    It's nice not having to pay for shipping & handling. Plus, not having to wait a week or 2 for the hose to arrive.

    I installed the hose last night, then made a short ride.
    Rode my bike to work this morning. (First time in several weeks.) Perfect weather, clear skies, and 47°.

    I'll post some pictures tonight.

  11. quicgmicg
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    Awesome! I knew you'd find a local hose builder.

  12. zhatovofzelf
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    I am just glad you got back on the road. No dog in this other than trying to help. It worked out so Ride On!! Glad you got them so fast.

    Dan

  13. fupar
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    ...No dog in this other than trying to help...

    No problem. If I hadn't found the local guys, I would've ended up going with Metric Magic. I always appreciate the advice.

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