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Old 08-06-2012, 03:57 PM   #1
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Upgrading my brake lines to Stainless Steel

With my next paycheck will come my next upgrade to my bike. The bike definitely seems like the brakes need some maintenance such as getting bled. I have been poking around and it seems like upgrading to stainless steel brake lines are a good reasonable price option. I plan change both the front and rear brake lines , also bleeding and changing brake fluid since the PO did not keep proper maintenance or even having an idea when he changed anything last.

I'm currently looking at lines from Spiegler (mostly cause I've seen stickers of theirs and I can customize the colors )

http://spieglerusa.com/brake-line-kit-1103.htm
http://spieglerusa.com/brake-line-kit-1104.htm

I think those seem to be the right ones... but anyways, the last of my questions. Is bleeding the brakes and installing the SS lines possible to do at home or should I leave it for trained professionals? I don't want to lose an arm or a leg with paying someone when I can do it at home, or lose the arm and a leg cause I installed incorrectly lol. I personally would like to do it myself so I can do it in the future again. Anything you guys can tell me is a help. thanks
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:01 PM   #2
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Re: Upgrading my brake lines to Stainless Steel

Pretty simple job. I have Spiegler SS on the front, never seen the need to have SS on the rear for street use. The largest hurdle is always bleeding, much much easier to do with somebody helping to squeeze a lever. Otherwise just open the bleed valve on the caliper and pump out the old fluid, detach lines and hook up new ones, fill with fluid and bleed.
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:09 PM   #3
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Re: Upgrading my brake lines to Stainless Steel

If you can find a big syringe, the bleeding process is pretty quick.

You take a small piece of hose that fits on the bleeder and the end of your syringe and push the fluid from the bleeder valve on the caliper upwards to the MC.

Do this twice on each side (making sure not to overfill the resevoir) and then bleed by hand a couple times the old fashioned way.
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Old 08-06-2012, 05:50 PM   #4
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Re: Upgrading my brake lines to Stainless Steel

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Pretty simple job. I have Spiegler SS on the front, never seen the need to have SS on the rear for street use. The largest hurdle is always bleeding, much much easier to do with somebody helping to squeeze a lever. Otherwise just open the bleed valve on the caliper and pump out the old fluid, detach lines and hook up new ones, fill with fluid and bleed.
Awesome thats music to my ears. So you say the rear isn't needed? I guess bleeding them will suffice. thank you for the help.
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:11 PM   #5
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Re: Upgrading my brake lines to Stainless Steel

and just to confirm I want the 2 line front kit ( first link) right?
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:53 PM   #6
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Re: Upgrading my brake lines to Stainless Steel

Seems right. My kit had two front lines. The little plastic block is to help you spin the banjo fittings until they are lined up. Scroll about halfway down my build thread and you can see them installed.
http://www.svrider.com/forum/showthread.php?t=108993
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:59 PM   #7
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Re: Upgrading my brake lines to Stainless Steel

I'd install the lines myself, but then take the bike to a shop that has one of those vacuum machines that suck out the old fluid and inject new fluid. Too many bad experiences under my 300zx bleeding brakes, lol. I am paranoid about air pockets in the caliper, etc.
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:02 PM   #8
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Re: Upgrading my brake lines to Stainless Steel

It is a pretty simple swap. Just remember brake fluid will eat paint so be careful with that. Syringes work good from the bottom. Vacum tools work well also and my favorite for one man bleeding is Speed Bleeders. You can do a search here to read about them or just Google it. They work great.
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:39 PM   #9
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Re: Upgrading my brake lines to Stainless Steel

Any time you bleed brakes, first suck all of the old fluid out of the MC with a syringe and fill the MC with new fluid. That way you won't have to pump all of the old fluid out before you add the new fluid. Saves a ton of time.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:13 AM   #10
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Re: Upgrading my brake lines to Stainless Steel

You should pop for Speedbleeders. They make the brake-fluid bleeding job way easier (and easier to learn!), and they're cheap. I put them on all my bikes now. That way you don't need to buy that MityVac or other stuff.
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