Brake lines


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Brake lines

Postby madmonkey » Wed Aug 05, 2009 11:21 am



Is it worth it for me to change the brake lines to SS braided? The bike is 1982 Aspy has 58k orig miles and sat for the last 3 years in garage under a cover. BTW i do have a problem with the rear brake; pedal very hard to push and no springback at all, I have to grab it (pedal) with hand to pull back into running position.

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Re: Brake lines

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:30 pm

I would have said no - that is, until I put them on my 82 Aspy. I had no idea they would make that much difference. It really is like night and day - the brakes are now rock hard and extremely easy to modulate, you can "feel" the braking zone precisely, and in comparison my old rubber lines felt positively spongy and unsafe. Absolutely one of the best things I've done to my bike.

As for your rear brake pedal, it's a common problem. You need to remove the rear pedal, clean the corrosion and grime out of the pedal and the pivot, grease them up well, and reinstall. It will solve your problem.

Some people try a stopgap fix by spraying WD-40 etc. into the pivot, but it only works for a few months, then it binds up again.

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Re: Brake lines

Postby madmonkey » Wed Aug 05, 2009 2:29 pm

Ah, excellent advice! I was jumping to the conclusion I had to rebuild the master cyl. Thanks for the info and I'll look into sourcing brake lines.

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Re: Brake lines

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Aug 05, 2009 3:40 pm

Rebuilding the calipers and master cylinder is really a fairly trivial job, and if you're going to drain the brake system anyway to replace the lines...why not? :)

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Re: Brake lines

Postby flanzajr » Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:11 pm

I have the same problem with 1983 Interstate, as far as the spongy brakes. I was about to rebuild both masters when I saw this post. If the new lines make that much of a difference, can you list a good source for them? Thanks.
BTW, I did the WD-40 thing, but I removed the master cylinder link so that I could rotate the pedal up and down beyond its normal travel arc while spraying in the WD. Seems to have worked fine, so far, after 6 months.

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Re: Brake lines

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Aug 24, 2009 12:27 pm

These are the braided lines that I installed, and I am very happy with them.

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Re: Brake lines

Postby goldwing 1200 » Thu Sep 03, 2009 4:00 pm

Great post and common problem. Had same on 83 Interstate. Saw a post of drilling into brake pedal pivoand adding a grease fitting.

But what I am really looking for is where did you get the braided Lines???
I need a replacement for the short line to PCV that has stripped threads.

Please respond as to source???
Thanks...

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Re: Brake lines

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Sep 03, 2009 8:53 pm

Click on the "These" link in the message previous to yours - that links directly to the web site that I got my SS lines from.




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