Stainless Steel Brake Lines

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Stainless Steel Brake Lines

Postby jeffstatham » Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:10 am

I know this is a topic that has been covered extensively on this site but I think I have an original question. I have been struggling with the brakes on my '83 Aspencade for well over a pads, rebuild kits in master cylinders and calipers and of course - stainless steel brake lines.

I have bled the lines many times and even bought a vacuum bleeder but I still can't get the brakes to work the way I think they should. The bike just doesn't stop well.

I bought the brake lines from an aftermarket auto parts shop. They were sold as being for an '83 Goldwing and they are the proper length. Now, here's my question....If the inner diameter of the new lines is smaller than it's supposed to be, would that explain my problem? I don't think that it would, but it's all I can think of at this point.

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Re: Stainless Steel Brake Lines

Postby 80-GL100-INT » Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:48 am

The diameter really should not make that much difference. I think I would be more inclined to question the quality of the lines themselves.
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Re: Stainless Steel Brake Lines

Postby SteveB123 » Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:19 pm

jeffstatham wrote: I still can't get the brakes to work the way I think they should. ,

would that explain my problem? .

That depends if you have a problem or not.
What is your datum for bike brakes?

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Re: Stainless Steel Brake Lines

Postby RBGERSON » Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:30 am

Stuck caliper? Not bled well, a leak someplace. 83's have linked brakes the right front is linked to the rear if not bleed in the right order it won't work correctly..right front, rear and then front left by itself.



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