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Brake lines on Ebay?

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:39 am



I keep seeing these brake lines and I have to wonder if anyone here has made a purchase and if you have are they good... Made in Canada, I would think they would be good...But I have to ask? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Stainless-Brake ... es&vxp=mtr



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Re: Brake lines on Ebay?

Postby NKYWinger » Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:18 am

beav-
I've seen those myself for quite a while as well. They are well below the price offered by others; even those with a connection to the Gold Wing forums.
I am leery of something that is so far below what appears to be market price. ESPECIALLY concerning the brakes.
Anyone?
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Re: Brake lines on Ebay?

Postby Wingsconsin » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:02 am

I purchased SS lines for the now departed CX500Custom from:

Stainless Steel Brake Lines - U.S. Source
JDA Enterprises http://www.jdaent.com/
Email (Craig@Jdaent.com) or Call (530-365-8400) Craig Raudman

And they were very high quality for what I felt was a really good price.
I doubt he has the patterns for the Goldwing like he did for the CX but I am sure with a little measuring he could produce a nice high quality reasonable priced line for you. Might be worth your time to send him an email...?


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Re: Brake lines on Ebay?

Postby cbx4evr » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:13 am

Haven't tried them myself but if it means anything his feedback rating is very good and brake stuff seems to be all he sells.
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Re: Brake lines on Ebay?

Postby Rick_MD » Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:10 pm

I bought them. They were shipped quickly. Well made, well packaged and were a perfect fit. No issues here and they work just fine. The kit had all the lines for my '82 Interstate and also came with the copper washers.

No affiliation, just a happy customer.

Hope this helps,

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Re: Brake lines on Ebay?

Postby NKYWinger » Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:15 pm

Rick-
Good to hear! I may have to get mine from them during this winter's tear down.
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Re: Brake lines on Ebay?

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:08 pm

Yesss... I trust you Rick and you're Judgement I 'm going to order them I think, the price is much lower than some of the others I have seen... :D I just pulled the trigger on a set..I can't wait to get them...got them in Black.. :D

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Re: Brake lines on Ebay?

Postby NKYWinger » Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:11 pm

I also just ordered a set - got the clear coating.
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Re: Brake lines on Ebay?

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:18 pm

NKYWinger let me know when you recieve your lines, and I'll do the same...So far I sent him a email asking him to send them in black and he responded promptly which I really liked...I know it may take a little longer coming in from Canada... :shock:

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Re: Brake lines on Ebay?

Postby NKYWinger » Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:28 am

beav-
I'd written to him as well - quick response to me also.
I'll let ya know when I get the lines in.
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Re: Brake lines on Ebay?

Postby busarider007 » Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:19 pm

I also have a set of these brake lines. Everything was great. Shipping was much quicker than I expected. You do have to re-use your double banjo bolt if using the factory splitter. Everything else is included....

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Re: Brake lines on Ebay?

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:41 pm

So far, I am really happy with what I'm hearing about this guy...See this is how to run a business, you order it. then pay via pay pal on ebay, leave him a note telling him what color you wish, they have his email on the order information and he seems to be happy to respond to your request...I like it. :D .Now, if the quality of the product is acceptable, I would say go for a set because this price is outstanding for 4 new lines...That's one smart dude there.....I have no problem reusing the banjo bolt, thanks for the info... :D Did the new lines make a big difference? Rick seems to like his, WingAdmin. and others say they do, however, he got his elsewhere though, I'm not saying they are better or worse..But new..New is always better than old.. :D

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Re: Brake lines on Ebay?

Postby NKYWinger » Thu Nov 15, 2012 2:55 pm

Everything I've read here (as well as NGW & CGW) seems to indicate a sharper, more positive brake response due to the lack of line expansion, especially when dealing with 30 year old rubber lines. I'm hopeful for a better feel, but even if I can't tell the difference, I'll know I'm not going to have a brake line failure at an 'inopportune' moment.... and besides...they'll look bitchen'......
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Re: Brake lines on Ebay?

Postby busarider007 » Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:05 pm

I haven't ridden the bike yet with the lines on. I should mention, the only thing I didn't like about the clear/stainless lines is that there is black writing down one side. I tried to be creative with hiding it but you can still see it at some angles...

This shows it fairly well. Ignore the dust and dirt on the bike....

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Re: Brake lines on Ebay?

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:54 pm

I always got my stainless lines with smoke-colored covers. Not clear, not opaque. You can still see the stainless braid through them, but it doesn't show dirt/grease easily.

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Re: Brake lines on Ebay?

Postby NKYWinger » Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:08 pm

[color=#0000BF]Got mine in yesterday; look well made and included banjo bolts and crush washers. I'll put them on this winter when I put the bike to bed.
I, also, have writing down one side - any one tried any methods of removing it?
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Re: Brake lines on Ebay?

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:14 pm

I am still waiting for mine, I'm a bit further south so it may take a day or two to get them...I hope I dont have white lettering on my black lines, if so I will have to get a black paint pen :lol: ...

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Re: Brake lines on Ebay?

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:10 am

Hey we went up to Bandera Texas today and had some of the best BQ beef ribs I ever had and we went to the park, I rode the bike and my daughters and wife drove the car...I refused to take on any passengers until I get my new brake lines installed, 75 degrees out today...OMG...We got home and the brake lines were waiting for me..Here's what they look like...
Box was packaged well as Rick stated
Box was packaged well as Rick stated
Lines have nice big fat white lettering on them
Lines have nice big fat white lettering on them
The brake lines look like they are made well so I will install them tomorrow after I have Turkey..I'm so happy with this guy so far...Thanks again Rick...I could care less about the lettering...It's the quality of the product that concerns me not the looks of it... :D
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Re: Brake lines on Ebay?

Postby Rick_MD » Thu Nov 22, 2012 10:21 am

Glad you all are happy with the brake lines. :)

Here's a thought from an ole auto mechanic junkie. Try using some paint or laquer thinner on that lettering on a small area that won't be visible if it doesn't work. Just clean it off good after the attempt at removing the lettering so it won't continue to melt down the plastic. If that doesn't work then try some fine grit sandpaper on it. It will be much easier to do before you put the brake lines on.

I didn't worry about the lettering on mine. Most of it was routed so you can't see the lettering anyhow. I bought the clear stainless ones.

Hope this helps,

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Re: Brake lines on Ebay?

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Nov 22, 2012 11:37 pm

Well I got the back line on and took the bike out for a spin, my goodness, major improvment.. One thing I must say though, the outside diameter of the line is not the same as the oem, the oem is much thicker, there are the rubber support thingy's that go into the small brackets made to hold the line next to the frame, well that little rubber support goes on very loosely, might need to bend the bracket down a little to hold it in place, otherwise, I am happy with them..Bike stops much much quicker now, I can imagine when I change out the front one's tomorrow... You guys know I have a custom made heel brake don't ya..? It's for my floorboards so i use my heel instead of my toe..Hey it's the Littlebeaver way man..If I ever go back to the foot pegs I will remove my heel brake, it was a pain in the rear using my toe because of my size 14's... :lol:
They might be thiner, but they work better for sure
They might be thiner, but they work better for sure
Oh one more thing, the bolthead to the oem line is 14mm and the new one is 12mm.. :shock: Works good though.. :D

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Re: Brake lines on Ebay?

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:14 pm

littlebeaver wrote:Well I got the back line on and took the bike out for a spin, my goodness, major improvment.. One thing I must say though, the outside diameter of the line is not the same as the oem, the oem is much thicker, there are the rubber support thingy's that go into the small brackets made to hold the line next to the frame, well that little rubber support goes on very loosely, might need to bend the bracket down a little to hold it in place, otherwise, I am happy with them..


That's been the same with every set of SS lines I've ever installed. When I put them on my 1100, I did exactly what you describe - bent the metal brackets down to hold the lines more tightly. After a couple hundred miles, do a reinspection to make sure the lines are still being held in place correctly: When I put them on my 1100, after riding for a while, I had a look and discovered that the bracket at the front of the swingarm wasn't tight enough, and the rubber bushing had slipped out. As a result, the line was perilously close to rubbing on the tire. I put it back like it should be, tightened it down once more, and all was good from there on out.

littlebeaver wrote:Bike stops much much quicker now, I can imagine when I change out the front one's tomorrow... You guys know I have a custom made heel brake don't ya..? It's for my floorboards so i use my heel instead of my toe..


You will be BLOWN AWAY at the change in braking power when you do your fronts. I guarantee it. It was the single best upgrade I ever made to my 1100. Just be careful so you don't go launching yourself over your handlebars at first!

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Re: Brake lines on Ebay?

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Nov 23, 2012 1:05 pm

Yes, I shall be very careful, and I will report back when I change them...I need all the good braking I can get with pulling a trailer...I am considering getting some rubber tubing like a strip of inner tube and rapping the line in the location of the clamps then just slipping the bushing over the new rubber and that will tighten things up and it should fit better, and tighter.. I thought of just using electrial tape but it gets pretty hot down there don't need it melting and such... :D Ok, here are some instructions for the next guy, put the line in it's place don't even worry with the rubber bushings yet, place it where it goes as if the bushings were there, mark the locations of the clamps on the hose [both sides of clamp]with a white marker or black if you get light color lines and remove it, wrap the outside of the line with rubber or your choice of whatever to build the line up then slip the rubber bushing over and place it back it its spot, then finish you're install.. That's what I'm doing anyway... :shock: :shock: :shock: Oh a tip to remove the old rubber bushings, use something slippery, I used my tire solution stuff I got from napa..Soap and water will do fine..

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Re: Brake lines on Ebay?

Postby littlebeaver » Sat Nov 24, 2012 3:33 pm

I installed the new brake lines, I cleaned the rotors up well using a cloth and some brake cleaner and took the bike out for a spin, my goodness the front braking is smoother and better..I'm happy with this purchase...

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Re: Brake lines on Ebay?

Postby emt613 » Tue Jan 22, 2013 4:11 pm

I have been following this thread with great interest, looking for a way to add some guts to my 83 Aspy brakes. Well the new lines just arrived today and I 'll be starting this project soon. My only real question is this,,,,,,Have any of you run into any unforseen glitches along the way when working on yours? It's still about 3 months or more before any riding will be done around here. HIGH was 10 F today. Be Safe.

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Re: Brake lines on Ebay?

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:12 pm

emt613 wrote:I have been following this thread with great interest, looking for a way to add some guts to my 83 Aspy brakes. Well the new lines just arrived today and I 'll be starting this project soon. My only real question is this,,,,,,Have any of you run into any unforseen glitches along the way when working on yours? It's still about 3 months or more before any riding will be done around here. HIGH was 10 F today. Be Safe.


The rubber bushings used to hold the OEM lines in place and prevent them from chafing are designed for much thicker lines, and won't fit your thinner lines. They also have to be cut off. I slit mine down the side, and pulled them off the old lines. I then put them around the new lines, put the line in place, and crimped the steel stay (holder) around the bushing tighter in order to have it grip the thinner stainless lines.




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