Aftermarket Brake Components


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Aftermarket Brake Components

Postby Rumman » Fri Sep 25, 2015 11:58 am



wingman12 wrote:Welcome Rumman to the best wing site. How far along are you in the restoration of your 82 GW? :D :D


I have had to replace the fuse box with blade fuses. that was fun. i am now working the brakes. they were extremely rusted. question of the day for me is:

Can I use aftermarket brake cables and levers? also the master cyclinder reservoir for the front brakes is cracked. can the reservoir be replaced or can i use an aftermarket lever with reservoir?

Thanks for all the help!
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Re: Aftermarket Brake Components

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Fri Sep 25, 2015 2:59 pm

If you decide to replace the brake lines, I went with the steel braided ones. They don't flex as rubber does, and you braking power is really enhanced!
I bought them from a fellow in Canada on E-bay for $80. They come in different colors, and are ready to install.
I cant say enough good about them! Also I would purchase a Mitty Vac from harbor freight around $35.
Makes bleeding brakes a breeze, and its a lot more difficult to bleed out new lines.
Let us know how the fun goes. Regards, Johnny

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Re: Aftermarket Brake Components

Postby auctioneeral » Fri Sep 25, 2015 3:46 pm

You can buy aftermarket reservoir.

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Re: Aftermarket Brake Components

Postby Rumman » Sat Sep 26, 2015 6:16 pm

Are there any aftermarket calipers that are compatible?

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Re: Aftermarket Brake Components

Postby wingman12 » Sun Sep 27, 2015 9:39 am

Rebuild kits are available at reasonable prices. It sounds like you might have to rebuild both master cylinders and all brake calipers. I might have missed your post mentioning that you have replaced the timings belts? :D :D

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Re: Aftermarket Brake Components

Postby Rumman » Sun Sep 27, 2015 11:54 am

wingman12 wrote:Rebuild kits are available at reasonable prices. It sounds like you might have to rebuild both master cylinders and all brake calipers. I might have missed your post mentioning that you have replaced the timings belts? :D :D


Timing is good. I haven't looked at the belt yet. Bike runs good. Needs choke. It is very stuck. Probable clean carbs next while trying to sort brakes out.

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Re: Aftermarket Brake Components

Postby Joecop » Sun Sep 27, 2015 12:31 pm

I'd go with some eBay special calipers and rebuild them if yours are too bad. Used aftermarket levers work ok. But be sure to spent the money and get the stainless brake lines. I went that route like posted above, from the same Canadians! Those lines are very nice and a big difference.

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Re: Aftermarket Brake Components

Postby Rumman » Sun Sep 27, 2015 1:22 pm

Joecop wrote:I'd go with some eBay special calipers and rebuild them if yours are too bad. Used aftermarket levers work ok. But be sure to spent the money and get the stainless brake lines. I went that route like posted above, from the same Canadians! Those lines are very nice and a big difference.



Will do. I am going to soakem in carb Cleaner today and hope it loosens the pistons.

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Re: Aftermarket Brake Components

Postby wingman12 » Sun Sep 27, 2015 5:53 pm

Good evening Joe. the reason I mentioned the timing belt replacement is because if you have no history on when they replaced it is wise on a 33 year old bike to assume never changed. if a belt breaks while you are riding, you can almost guarantee that you have ruined the engine.

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Re: Aftermarket Brake Components

Postby Rumman » Sun Sep 27, 2015 6:27 pm

wingman12 wrote:Good evening Joe. the reason I mentioned the timing belt replacement is because if you have no history on when they replaced it is wise on a 33 year old bike to assume never changed. if a belt breaks while you are riding, you can almost guarantee that you have ruined the engine.



Thanks for that tip. I imagine that is a pretty hard task. I will look for a tutorial.

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Re: Aftermarket Brake Components

Postby wingman12 » Sun Sep 27, 2015 6:40 pm

there are easier things to do on your wing. the hardest part is getting the radiator off. there is a good tutorial on this site. while there you should replace the thermostat and gasket. check out the tensioner pulleys for wobble or hanging up when being spun. also condition of the timing cover gaskets for brittlness or cracking. the bearing can not be lubricated. no oil in any amount can get on belts. take your time and follow tutorial and you can do it.

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Re: Aftermarket Brake Components

Postby Joecop » Sun Sep 27, 2015 8:04 pm

It's easier than u think, mostly time consuming. Forms and tech support here is out of this world. Ditch those beltsif you don't know the history, they cannot fail, if they do disaster my friend! You can do it with these tech articles! If you snoop around here, u will find buying a service manual is a waste of money. It's all right here.....so people are friendly to....that's a joke by the way.




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