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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-22-2018, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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Loose brakes?

Hey guys! I just took my bike in for recalls and picked it up yesterday. One of the recalls was the front master cylinder.

Before I took it in, I also brought new pads, and levers too. The bike also had squishy brakes before I took it in.

I got it back yesterday, and theyíre still squishy. It seems like maybe they were bled all the way? What are the best practices for bleeding brakes? Front & Back!
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Re: Loose brakes?

I just used this same basic process to install and bleed Brembo masters on my 1000 and 600 this week. And same principle applies for the rear brakes as well.

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If the problem is fixed by bleeding, then the dealer that did the recall is not qualified to work on your bike.
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If the problem is fixed by bleeding, then the dealer that did the recall is not qualified to work on your bike.
That's what I was thinking... Especially with the master cylinder recall. The front brakes shouldn't be squishy...

Do you guys know if I should be using DOT 4 or 3?
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I just used this same basic process to install and bleed Brembo masters on my 1000 and 600 this week. And same principle applies for the rear brakes as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGgUw5uu40o

Awee sweet! Not sure if anyone will locally have a setup like that, but probably a different type. I'll hit Autozone or Oriellys to see if I can find something similar! Thanks for the tip, dude!
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You're supposed to use DOT 4 but there won't be any difference between it and DOT 3 until you're doing a lot of heavy braking.
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Awee sweet! Not sure if anyone will locally have a setup like that, but probably a different type. I'll hit Autozone or Oriellys to see if I can find something similar! Thanks for the tip, dude!

You don't necessarily need something like that, it just helps keep it clean and less messy. All you need is a clear plastic tubing of the right size to fit the bleeder nipple and a container to catch the fluid.

To answer your other question any DOT 3, 4 or 5.1 (NOT 5, 5.1) will work. The higher the number the higher the boiling point, i.e. higher performance and less resistance to fading from heat. I use Motul RBF 600 in my bikes.

DOT 3, 4 and 5.1 are glycol based and they are all compatible and intermixable

DOT 5 is silicone based and not compatible with any of the above mentioned 3.

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If you have eBay levers, it will also feel squishy because of the crappy design.
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