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02 GSXR 750 Brakes

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I've been reading around the forum for a bit and finally decided to register. I recently acquired a mint 02 750. The bike only had ~1000 miles on it when I got it late this last year and I've put about another grand on it. SO far I love the bike endlessly and am trying to keep it as stock as possible as it was almost completely unmolested when I got it. I mean it still had the OEM tires and still has the stock uncut rear fender. That being said the front brakes need some attention as they work but are clearly not doing nearly as much stopping as they should. Every other bike I've had or ridden has had better stopping power and I'm including the 2003 nighthawk 750 I learned on. Before the bike was auctioned a suzu dealer went through the bike to make sure it was safe and good to go. I was reading around a bit before and noticed a lot of people mentioned that the stock master was weak and many had suggested replacing it. I have ordered new lines (17 years of sitting has to have weakened them) and am hoping that will help but I was contemplating replacing the master while I was at it. Should I just splash the cash for a brembo? Should I look into more modern gsxr masters? What's the move? Thanks for the assist folks!
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Re: 02 GSXR 750 Brakes

If it still had all that OEM stuff still on it then is it safe to assume it still had the original brake fluid left in the lines? If so that stuff is about 17 years past its replace date.

The master cylinder on the older gen GSXR 750s still used an axial master cylinder (in 04 I believe they switched to the better radial design) which don't provide the greatest of feel and power. It's up to you how much money you want to spend. If you want to work your way up I'd swap the pads out for something better (I'm a fan of Vesrah SRJL17s, very strong braking power https://www.superbikeunlimited.com/v..._motorcycle=49) as well as put some quality stainless steel lines in and flush with some fresh brake fluid. That will run you in the neighborhood of about $250 and should provide a noticeable improvement in braking power. Hell, simply junking the lines and bleeding what you've got right now should provide a noticeable improvement in braking.

At that point you can then decide if you want to drop an additional $250-300 on a Brembo MC

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02 GSXR 750 Brakes

I bought an 01 gsxr 750 a month ago and I also found the front brakes to be okay at best my fluid was yellow as fuck.

Long story I changed my clip on to riser so I changed front brake line to steel braided and fresh fluid and all I can say is WOW... maybe you want to do the same as me since it was a cheap mod and made a world of difference

Ps. Your bike looks great best colors lol



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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-21-2019, 12:46 AM
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Re: 02 GSXR 750 Brakes

Holy shit those are clean! Mine was the same color and just as clean! So many memories.
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Re: 02 GSXR 750 Brakes

....and to answer the question, yes, this thing needs lines and pads to make the brakes good. I ran Galfer lines on mine with whatever the "pad of the day" was at that time. While it made a good difference I never felt they were as good as other stock setups I've tried out from the different brands. It's just a Suzuki thing.
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Re: 02 GSXR 750 Brakes

Thanks for all the input guys I really appreciate it. I have a nice set of galfer superbike lines inbound for the front and a standard galfer for the rear (just for the consistent look honestly). The fluid and pads look to be replaced when they went through the bike but who knows. All I can attest to is that the lines are way too old and there isn't any air in the system. I'll likely try the pads and lines for now and consider the brembo mc down the line. Anyone installed one? How tedious is using their brake switch on the wiring end if so?
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I'd definitely do lines and pads, that alone will make quite a difference.
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I don’t have much good advice that has not already been talked about the brakes I’d start with fresh pads and fluid change and go from there, that bike is a awsome find I have to wonder how it only wound up with only 1000 miles!?!? I had a 2000 750 simular colors and loved that bike it did not love me back and so I got rid of it but awsome find. I’d like to hear more how u located it.
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Re: 02 GSXR 750 Brakes

Pads are your best bang for buck, for braking. Also maybe the fork seals are shot and the fluid has emptied there for allowing the bike to bottom out when braking. Maybe its time to put fresh seals and fluid in the forks, and see how the compression and rebound affect your braking.



Stock MC is plenty good on that bike! If it has stock pads in it, and you run ebc HH or vesrahs it will be like night and day.
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I don’t have much good advice that has not already been talked about the brakes I’d start with fresh pads and fluid change and go from there, that bike is a awsome find I have to wonder how it only wound up with only 1000 miles!?!? I had a 2000 750 simular colors and loved that bike it did not love me back and so I got rid of it but awsome find. I’d like to hear more how u located it.
Thanks! I'm so lucky to have found it and am enjoying it almost too much. I got it at an antique bike auction run by bonhams at the Skip Barber Racetrack in Alabama. I practically stole it, mostly I'd assume, due to the audience being all wrong. They sold like 3 Vincent black shadows at that auction so the money was there just not the interest. As for only have 1,000 miles I can only spculate that the guy intended to canyon carve (registered in Co) or track it and either got scared or bought something else and never really picked this one back up. In either case it's so cool and rare to find something this mint and that's honestly why I haven't modded anything on the bike. Just can't bring myself to mess with such a clean example of what is an amazingly iconic bike.
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Pads are your best bang for buck, for braking. Also maybe the fork seals are shot and the fluid has emptied there for allowing the bike to bottom out when braking. Maybe its time to put fresh seals and fluid in the forks, and see how the compression and rebound affect your braking.



Stock MC is plenty good on that bike! If it has stock pads in it, and you run ebc HH or vesrahs it will be like night and day.
Thanks for the input I'll definitely start with lines, pads, and some fresh sauce. If I'm still getting less that optimal results I'll look into the front end.
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