Would You Replace Hard Lines on Brakes?


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Would You Replace Hard Lines on Brakes?

Post by patbrandon1 » Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:40 pm



I am going to put stainless steel braided brake lines on my bike during this lovely Winter weather. If you were me, would you also replace the hard lines while you're down there?

It is a 1987 GL1200i. that I was lucky enough to get after I spilled my '82. I didn't want to take time to do it during riding season, but I love the difference it made on my '82. So now I have time to do it. The '82 didn't have any hard lines, so I am curious as to what the experienced wingers would do, or have done.

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Re: Would You Replace Hard Lines on Brakes?

Post by AZgl1800 » Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:09 pm

hard lines are good,

rubber lines deteriorate, these are the one you want to upgrade.
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Re: Would You Replace Hard Lines on Brakes?

Post by patbrandon1 » Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:10 am

AZgl1800 wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:09 pm
hard lines are good,

rubber lines deteriorate, these are the one you want to upgrade.
Thanks for your imput. I haven't taken anything apart yet, but I am guessing the hard lines were of a pretty good quality composite material. I will check it out when I dig into her, but the bike was taken care of and always stored inside, so I expect you are right on.

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Re: Would You Replace Hard Lines on Brakes?

Post by themainviking » Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:00 am

Yeah, I would go with AZgl1800 on this, because, steel lines on motorcycles are not often exposed to salt and calcium like on cars. The hard lines are probably just about as perfect as when the bike was built. Now, if you had any scum in any brake cylinder or brake master cylinder, it would be a different scenario. It would probably then be a good idea to change them to avoid contaminating your brake system.
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Re: Would You Replace Hard Lines on Brakes?

Post by julimike54 » Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:30 am

I replaced the hard lines when I went to the SS/teflon brake lines.
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Re: Would You Replace Hard Lines on Brakes?

Post by Phunnybone » Tue Dec 26, 2017 12:07 pm

Had I been able to get to them I might have. What I did have to do was replace the fittings as the old fittings refused to connect to the new braided hoses. Fortunately I had a baby pipe cutter and was able to fit fingers in to turn it. Then I just put the new fitting on and used a small flaring tool on the end.

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Re: Would You Replace Hard Lines on Brakes?

Post by Rusty Bike » Tue Dec 26, 2017 12:16 pm

Flush um out an reuse unless rusted. I would not even think to replace them and I'm fairly picky.



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