brakes upgrade


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matdirt
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brakes upgrade

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is their any way to make the brakes better on a 84 1200 aspencade



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Re: brakes upgrade

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What is the issue? Mic the rotors, are the rotors in spec - replace if necessary? Use good quality brake pads - I use semi-metallic. Change the OEM brake hoses for teflon lined SS lines. Rebuild the front/rear MC. Make sure the calipers are free and working properly - need to move. Check the caliper sleeve pin is free, these tend to rust and seize preventing the caliper from working properly. Take the calipers off and rebuild. Lots of crud can build up in the caliper over the years. Do the same for the hydraulic clutch slave cylinder. Here's a pic of the crud build up after some 35 years in a clutch slave cylinder:


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matdirt
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Re: brakes upgrade

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Hey thanks for the info preciate it and I will check all that out thanks again

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Re: brakes upgrade

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Best upgrade you can possibly do, the one I would put at the top of my list, is replacing the old, swollen rubber brake lines with braided stainless brake lines. It will transform your brakes!

matdirt
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Re: brakes upgrade

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Where's the best place to buy steel braided lines and other things that I need for my bike



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