DO AWAY WITH LINKED BRAKES!?


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DO AWAY WITH LINKED BRAKES!?

Post by repsolracer22 » Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:26 pm



Got an 83 GL1100 and the linked brakes of course have that connector valve or whatever its called ... and its leaking and not replaceable through Honda aparently.

ANYWAYS .... was going to just get rid of the linked system and have the back brake work by itself, and the fronts work together .... like a regular motorcycle.

whats the best way to do this and is there a "kit" that people have found works best? how involved is this? thanks



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Re: DO AWAY WITH LINKED BRAKES!?

Post by RBGERSON » Thu Jun 07, 2012 7:41 am

easiest way cap the front port on the rear system..and then order a new front line to reach the front master and order a double banjo bolt..it's longer and has two ports for the lines. The question is will the front master be big enough to work both front brakes??? If not a master from a an 81 or 82 should work.
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Re: DO AWAY WITH LINKED BRAKES!?

Post by repsolracer22 » Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:52 am

i was hoping to get a reply from someone who had already done it and had success with it ... i didnt want to spend a bunch of time & money figuring out what works best , etc etc

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Re: DO AWAY WITH LINKED BRAKES!?

Post by repsolracer22 » Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:04 am

?? no one has done this?

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Re: DO AWAY WITH LINKED BRAKES!?

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Re: DO AWAY WITH LINKED BRAKES!?

Post by bikebone » Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:59 pm

Hey danzigurles! Have you unlinked your brakes yet? Did you replace the master cylinder? The fellow in that nice link that you posted used a 5/8 (16mm) master cylinder and it seems to me that he went the wrong way. The bike comes with a 14mm MC and if my calculations are correct, it would work better that the 16mm. Anyway, I was simply looking for a second opinion and curious what you did and how it worked. Thanks!

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Re: DO AWAY WITH LINKED BRAKES!?

Post by danzigrules » Sun Aug 18, 2013 6:16 pm

bikebone wrote:Hey danzigurles! Have you unlinked your brakes yet? Did you replace the master cylinder? The fellow in that nice link that you posted used a 5/8 (16mm) master cylinder and it seems to me that he went the wrong way. The bike comes with a 14mm MC and if my calculations are correct, it would work better that the 16mm. Anyway, I was simply looking for a second opinion and curious what you did and how it worked. Thanks!
Yes I did and I used a 5/8" master. IMO the bigger piston will move more fluid and require less "pedal" so to speak. I even thought about using a 7/8'" but the 5/8" seems to be working fine.

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Re: DO AWAY WITH LINKED BRAKES!?

Post by bikebone » Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:39 pm

Thanks for getting right back to me. Do you feel like the brakes on your bike now work like any other bike without linked brakes?

Thanks again!

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Re: DO AWAY WITH LINKED BRAKES!?

Post by urbnbrzln » Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:30 pm

Wanted to pose a question to this topic:

In the process of rebuilding my 83's brakes I noticed that the two front calipers have different sized pistons. By unlinking the rear brakes from the front, to have both front calipers actuated brakes by the front master cylinder, would you come into issues of the different sized pistons in the left and right calipers having a different bite on the rotors, hence causing premature wear on the rotors and pads on one side vs the other? Trying to find info on this, would appreciate any responses. Thank you!

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Re: DO AWAY WITH LINKED BRAKES!?

Post by jeffcosmo » Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:19 am

Yes, it will. You would be better served to replace the brake calipers with those from an '82.

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Re: DO AWAY WITH LINKED BRAKES!?

Post by urbnbrzln » Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:24 am

jeffcosmo wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:19 am
Yes, it will. You would be better served to replace the brake calipers with those from an '82.
Thanks for the suggestion! Do happen to know if those will bolt on with no mods?

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Re: DO AWAY WITH LINKED BRAKES!?

Post by jeffcosmo » Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:04 am

Actually, no. I like the linked brakes.



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