Hi - Folks just found out what's wrong with my braking system on my Honda Goldwing GL 1500 1989 model , while investigating a spongy back brake pedal and doing all the usual stuff bleeding !! rebuilding the rear brake caliper etc - all to no avail by the way - I finally ended up stripping down the bike to gain access to the rear master cylinder .
After removing the part and stripping down the cylinder and removing the banjo bolts from the cylinder and looking down the bore's - Shock horror !!! down one of the bores it was completely holed though - the small hole that should have been there !! was now a massive hole !! . further more Honda do not make this part anymore too !! and when they did the cost in the UK was £400 .
This left me no choice except to hunt around for a good second hand one - Beware too !! if you go looking on ebay - the ones on there can be bad too !! I nearly bought a duff one of a seller on there ( see pics above buyers beware !! ) - if I had not asked for pics of the banjo blot hole bottoms - I would have wound up with a duffer so best advise hear -is don't matter if it looks nice !! does it work ?? . As the ones I looked at not one showed pics of the bore bottoms so it may have looked nice but there was no way of telling if it worked ?? . buyers beware !!.
If the seller don't send you the pics you ask for then don't buy the part from them !! I was lucky to find a guy in the USA - that was prepared to unwrap the cylinder and take the pics I asked for the part is now on its way too the UK
looking at the Cylinder its a great pity that someone out there cannot offer a refurbishment service on the banjo inserts they would make a fortune out of it too now Honda do make the part anymore and it would only take a small work shop with the right tools to refurbish them - just needs to find out where the inserts could be made or bought from .
Lastly - if you have a spongy brake pedal - Get it sorted or it could be your neck next time !! and if you have done everything like I did - and its still spongy - strip the rear master cylinder down - look down the bore to the bottoms - bet you find like I did not a small needle hole in it but a big gapping hole where the bottom had worn out completely not good at all .
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