GL1100 brake question


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binder49
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GL1100 brake question

Postby binder49 » Tue Nov 29, 2011 6:58 pm



I bled the brakes on my 1980 GL1100, and they are still spongy but they work good. I also installed new pads. This is my first wing and thought it might be the nature of the beast. But that doesn't seem right. Any help would be appreciated



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Re: GL1100 brake question

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:19 pm

binder49 wrote:I bled the brakes on my 1980 GL1100, and they are still spongy but they work good. I also installed new pads. This is my first wing and thought it might be the nature of the beast. But that doesn't seem right. Any help would be appreciated


The 1100 brakes always felt spongy to me. I finally decided to replace all the 30-year-old brake lines with braided stainless steel brake lines, and what a HUGE difference that made! The brakes went from spongy and indistinct to razor-sharp and powerful. It was the single best upgrade I made to my 1100.

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Re: GL1100 brake question

Postby RoadRogue » Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:48 pm

+1 I did the exact same thing here with the addition of sintered pads. Serious brakes. The sintered pads cause extra wear on the rotors but I would do it again in a heartbeat.
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Re: GL1100 brake question

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:04 am

braided lines..++........
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
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Re: GL1100 brake question

Postby moffat » Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:14 pm

Fit braided brake pipes. The old pipes get soft and tend to expand when hydraulic pressure is applied which leads to less force on the brake pads. The difference is astounding!!!.

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Re: GL1100 brake question

Postby guitarlos » Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:13 am

Are you sure that you got all of the air out of the lines?

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Re: GL1100 brake question

Postby RoadRogue » Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:04 pm

30 year old rubber brake lines flex alot, put a digital caliper on them and measure ,you will be surprized.
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Re: GL1100 brake question

Postby moffat » Sat Dec 03, 2011 5:38 am

Fit braided pipes!!!!!!!!! Do NOT take chances with very old brake pipes !!!




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