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replacing brake lines

Postby glkm » Wed Feb 15, 2012 3:25 pm



:?: Does anyone have a "how-to" on replacing rubber brake lines on a 86 1200 aspy? I wanted to explore upgrading to the stainless steel lines for this 27 year old bike. Thanks Gavin :)



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Re: replacing brake lines

Postby firstwing85 » Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:41 pm

we live really close to each other, I was considering doing that to my bike too.
if you're interested in having a second pair of hands and eyes around when changing your lines I would be glad to meet you and help if I can..
I'd like to meet you for coffee just because we both own 1200s and maybe just share some stories.. :D :D
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Re: replacing brake lines

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:52 pm

glkm wrote::?: Does anyone have a "how-to" on replacing rubber brake lines on a 86 1200 aspy? I wanted to explore upgrading to the stainless steel lines for this 27 year old bike. Thanks Gavin :)


I never took pictures when I did mine, but it's really not that difficult. Buy a set of stainless lines made for your bike, drain the existing systems. Best way to do that is to use a Mity-Vac, hook it onto each brake caliper bleeder, open the reservoirs, open the bleeder, and pump until you get all the fluid out.

Then remove each cable. As you do so, route the new cable in the exact same way. Fasten each new cable (I recommend using new crush washers on the banjo bolts). Once the new cables are in place, fill the reservoirs, and pump until the air is removed and you get fluid again. That's about it!

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Re: replacing brake lines

Postby glkm » Wed Feb 15, 2012 7:41 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
glkm wrote::?: Does anyone have a "how-to" on replacing rubber brake lines on a 86 1200 aspy? I wanted to explore upgrading to the stainless steel lines for this 27 year old bike. Thanks Gavin :)


I never took pictures when I did mine, but it's really not that difficult. Buy a set of stainless lines made for your bike, drain the existing systems. Best way to do that is to use a Mity-Vac, hook it onto each brake caliper bleeder, open the reservoirs, open the bleeder, and pump until you get all the fluid out.

Then remove each cable. As you do so, route the new cable in the exact same way. Fasten each new cable (I recommend using new crush washers on the banjo bolts). Once the new cables are in place, fill the reservoirs, and pump until the air is removed and you get fluid again. That's about it!



Thanks for the encouragement, looking forward to finding a set somewhere and installing them. G :D

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Re: replacing brake lines

Postby glkm » Wed Feb 15, 2012 7:43 pm

firstwing85 wrote:we live really close to each other, I was considering doing that to my bike too.
if you're interested in having a second pair of hands and eyes around when changing your lines I would be glad to meet you and help if I can..
I'd like to meet you for coffee just because we both own 1200s and maybe just share some stories.. :D :D


Johan, sounds like a plan. Just have to find some brake lines somewhere and a Saturday or Sunday that works. Would love to have the extra eyes and assistance. Coffee sounds good. My email is glkm@telus.net Gavin

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Re: replacing brake lines

Postby Mooseman » Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:12 pm

WingAdmin,
Where did you purchase your stainless steel brake lines?
Enjoy the ride. They are all good, just some better than others.
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Re: replacing brake lines

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:18 pm

Mooseman wrote:WingAdmin,
Where did you purchase your stainless steel brake lines?


I got mine from Vencowings. You can get them cheaper elsewhere, but I liked the Vencowings lines, they are very high quality, and built to fit.

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Re: replacing brake lines

Postby firstwing85 » Thu Feb 16, 2012 2:06 pm

there is a canadian company that makes these lines,
I sent them a message asking about pricing.
here is the link. http://www.classic-cycle.ca/index.php?pr=Home_Page
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Re: replacing brake lines

Postby glkm » Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:04 pm

Mooseman wrote:WingAdmin,
Where did you purchase your stainless steel brake lines?

Haven't yet, any good ideas?

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Re: replacing brake lines

Postby Mooseman » Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:23 pm

Here is the link to Venco Wings. Looks like some good stuff at decent prices.

I remeber someone looking for a speed sensor. Don't know which year I didn't look up the part number. Good price I thought.
I did look it's for an 1984-A

https://www.vencowings.com/


Enjoy the ride. They are all good, just some better than others.
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