Speed Bleeders


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Speed Bleeders

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Searched the site but did not find any posts... Has anyone had any experience with Speed Bleeders, good or bad?


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I have replaced all the bleeder screws on all my bike's hydraulics with Speed Bleeders.
Really does simplify the job of bleeding/flushing clutch/brake fluid by 1 person! ;)
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Speed Bleeders are the only way to go if you do your own maintenance.
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Have them on all 3 brake calipers and clutch slave cylinder. Bleeding is a breeze. Even simpler and faster than using the mity-vac.
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Got to go along with all the above, the speed bleeders almost make the job pleasant.
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Hmmmm....ok, I am doing my own servicing, and this sounds like a slick idea....am I just getting the 3 bleeder valves and nothing else (except for the brake fluid)....?
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4 bleeder valves. Front brakes, rear brake and clutch. The clutch bleeder valve has to be a little longer than the other three.
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So 2 front, 1 rear, 1 clutch...per the site the front and the clutch are the same size....

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- Front SB8125LL
- Rear SB8125L
- Clutch SB8125LL
http://www.speedbleeder.com/Motorcycle%20Sizes.htm

Sounds like a heck of a solution, and there is only me that does the work, so this will really help.
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Looks like you got it right. Just get yourself some DOT 4 fluid and you will be ready to go.
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Mag, I have not done this yet, just researching it. But the Speed Bleeders Website shows different sizes for a few of the Wings so just check their chart. There are 4 as previously stated. The company also has video on YouTube showing the swap and they recommend swapping them on fully serviced lines... You appear to not lose that much fluid. If you are changing your fluid too, swap the valves first... Does anyone know if the rear one can be swapped without removing the left saddlebag?
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It can probably be replaced without removing the left saddlebag but I would not do it. The brake fluid will make a mess and it is not the friendliest of fluids to mess with.
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MikeB wrote:It can probably be replaced without removing the left saddlebag but I would not do it. The brake fluid will make a mess and it is not the friendliest of fluids to mess with.
Right - and if it gets on the (unpainted) side of the saddlebag, the plastic will become brittle and crack.
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Once the bleeders are installed you can bleed the rear brake without removing the bag.
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Greenwinger wrote:Once the bleeders are installed you can bleed the rear brake without removing the bag.
Yep, I think I will order them. Had hoped I had a way to install the rear one thru the bag hole but guess not.. The YouTube videos just show minor leaking using paper towels during the installation. Great to hear all the positive reviews on these. I will probably order them for both my cycles. For the 95-2000 1500s they need three SB8125L (both front brakes and the rear brake) and one SB8125LL for the clutch...
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flogger wrote: Had hoped I had a way to install the rear one thru the bag hole but guess not.
Not sure about the 1500, but on my 1800 I was able to install them fine without having to remove the saddlebag.

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charliektm400exc wrote:Not sure about the 1500, but on my 1800 I was able to install them fine without having to remove the saddlebag.

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That is correct for the GL1800 but we were addressing the installation on a GL1500.
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This is great response (love this site for the chatter that goes back and forth)....ok, so I have to be prepared to remove the left bag, you know that may be ok for me anyway because the lid on my left bag is a bit out of alignment so I can do that also. You know, if the bike becomes nothing but a pile of pieces, it is just a reason for another bike in my stable, lol. Looks like I am going to order then, welcome to my Christmas list getting longer.....good ;)


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