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Brake lines

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I am working on a 1983 1100 for a friend of mine. The guy he bought it from said that he replaced the brake lines a few years ago, but I cannot get good pressure on either front or rear brakes. From this picture, would y'all say that these brake lines are 39 years old? I even went so far as to suspend the front right caliper in the air, allowing any air in the system to travel completely upward. Let that stay overnight, re-bled the next morning. No change in pedal feel.

If he does need new brakes, does anybody have a good link to buy brake lines like this? That will not kill his wallet, that is.


Thanks in advance for any information.
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Re: Brake lines

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Chewy wrote: Tue Nov 02, 2021 4:47 pm I am working on a 1983 1100 for a friend of mine. The guy he bought it from said that he replaced the brake lines a few years ago, but I cannot get good pressure on either front or rear brakes. From this picture, would y'all say that these brake lines are 39 years old? I even went so far as to suspend the front right caliper in the air, allowing any air in the system to travel completely upward. Let that stay overnight, re-bled the next morning. No change in pedal feel.

If he does need new brakes, does anybody have a good link to buy brake lines like this? That will not kill his wallet, that is.


Thanks in advance for any information.
Your answer is printed right on the brake line itself. Date of manufacture: 6/82. Those are the original brake lines, the seller lied. (amazing, never heard of that before)

Replace them with a set of stainless braided brake lines. It's a huge improvement, by far the single best upgrade I made to my 1100. Randakks sells some: https://www.randakks.com/stainless-stee ... e-kit.html
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Re: Brake lines

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WingAdmin wrote: Tue Nov 02, 2021 9:21 pm
Chewy wrote: Tue Nov 02, 2021 4:47 pm I am working on a 1983 1100 for a friend of mine. The guy he bought it from said that he replaced the brake lines a few years ago, but I cannot get good pressure on either front or rear brakes. From this picture, would y'all say that these brake lines are 39 years old? I even went so far as to suspend the front right caliper in the air, allowing any air in the system to travel completely upward. Let that stay overnight, re-bled the next morning. No change in pedal feel.

If he does need new brakes, does anybody have a good link to buy brake lines like this? That will not kill his wallet, that is.


Thanks in advance for any information.
Your answer is printed right on the brake line itself. Date of manufacture: 6/82. Those are the original brake lines, the seller lied. (amazing, never heard of that before)

Replace them with a set of stainless braided brake lines. It's a huge improvement, by far the single best upgrade I made to my 1100. Randakks sells some: https://www.randakks.com/stainless-stee ... e-kit.html
That is what I expected, but didn't want to jump to conclusions. Wanted to make sure the lines were the issue.
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Re: Brake lines

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Most likely it's not only the brake lines but crud inside of the calipers themselves. I rebuilt my entire system late this summer and some of the garbage that came out of the calipers was unbelievable. I would get good pressure at the lever but the brakes just we're not squeezing the pads to the calipers.

I have a set of stainless brake lines that were made for a bike with the linked system in place. I did away with the linked system, if you want the brake lines let me know I would sell them.


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