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Front Brake Hose Caution

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  1. fupar
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    I installed extended cables to accomodate the larger handlebars.
    I finished the re-wiring last night. Did a test ride. Everything checked out.
    No problems.

    This morning would have been the 1st ride in to work since the handlebar changeout. I checked my brakes like I always do...Oops, no front brake.

    I found that where the brake hose connects to the reservoir wasn't tight enough. Must have bled air into the system after I went to bed. Luckily, the brake fluid didn't drip onto the paint anywhere. I did have some on one floorboard, though.

    Make sure you tighten your hoses. It could have been worse. I could have taken off, just to lose my front brake 5 or 10 minutes later.

    Didn't have time to correct the problem this morning. I'll have to wait until this afternoon to fix it.

    I'll post pictures of the new handlebars tonight.

  2. quicgmicg
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    Bummer! Tight connections are definitely a must when it comes to brakes.

  3. wzdartan
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    I changed out my front brake hose last night and install the new 3X3 risers. I tied back the brake lever, and let the brakes "self bleed" through the reservoir (left the top off and covered w/ cardboard) overnight. It worked perfectly! This morning the front brake lever was as solid as a rock. I'll get everything back together tonight, do a final adjustment on the bars, and see how it rides. NO more reaching for the bars! Whopee!!
    The next ergo. mod. is to finish the floorboard extension brackets that will work with the highway bars. With the new seat, the new risers and the floorboards extended, I should be able to streach out on the bike and be comfortable!

  4. fupar
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    I bled my system the same way that I would bleed a car's brake system.
    (Pump the lever several times, hold it, open the bleed valve, letting out air with some brake fluid, close the valve, and repeat the procedure until nothing but fluid comes through the bleed valve.)
    I did this, starting with the upper brake hose 1st, then the 2 lower ones.
    I don't know any other way.

    ...I tied back the brake lever, and let the brakes "self bleed" through the reservoir (left the top off and covered w/ cardboard) overnight...
    Please explain this procedure. I may want to try it your way the next time.

  5. TrojRaiter
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    I had a real tough time bleading the brakes on an airplane. We put brake fluid in a clean oil can, ran a hose to the bleader fitting and pushed the fluid back to the reservor. Worked like a champ. Be careful because you will over flow the reservor. Also you can connect a line to the bleader and run it back to the reservor, as you pump the lever the fluid runs back into the reservor until there is no more air coming out of the caliper bleader.

  6. wzdartan
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    fupar,
    I discovered the"self bleed" procedure on both the Delphi and Baron tech. forums. Since most of the front brake lines on a motorcycle are running vertically rather than horizontally the system can be bled by simply letting the air bubbles rise upward and out of the reservior. The system can be left open at the top end by pulling the brake lever in and tying it back. This does take some time, and this is why they suggest doing it overnight.
    The reservior lid must be left off to allow the air from the bubbles to escape. The system must of course be most of the way full, because the reservoir level will drop as the air in the lines is displaced by the fluid. It made sense to me, so I tried it and it worked!
    I believe that the method mentioned by bgnoland is also a good method in that it would be easier to coax any air in the lines to move in it's natural direction (up), then it would be to try to push it down to the bleeders. Also, when using a "MightyVac" a lot of air is drawn in past the bleeder threads making it difficult to tell when the system is correctly bled. Try it and see if it works for you. You have nothing to loose!
    Dan

  7. viltirizhman
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    fupar, let me check out the "bars", just put a set on myself and will take pictures this weekend to post. I got a set of drag bars from Baron

  8. quicgmicg
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    Vstar Dan...

    That is a great idea.....my hat is off to you for that one!

  9. wzdartan
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    Thanks Mick! But it was not really my idea. I just happened to run across it in reading some other forums. Sharing of information is what makes these forums so great. I appreciate everything I have learned from you, and everyone else! Have a happy Halloween and ride safe!
    Dan

  10. quicgmicg
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    Thanks Mick! But it was not really my idea. I just happened to run across it in reading some other forums. Sharing of information is what makes these forums so great. I appreciate everything I have learned from you, and everyone else! Have a happy Halloween and ride safe! Dan
    ...LOL....we...you are going to get credit anyway!

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