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Old 09-10-2007, 08:05 PM   #1
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How to Bleed the front and rear brakes

Hey all, anyone know of a quick HOW-TO on bleeding the brake system? Thanks.

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starting with caliper farthest from master cylinder (left front sitting on bike). pump brake lever several times and then with the brake lever depressed, open bleeder. keep open for a second or two and then close. release brake lever and pump again. repeat until no air bubbles are present and the fluid is clear.

repeat for opposite side. then move on to the master cylinder. same process pump lever, hold, then open bleeder.

MAKE SURE TO KEEP THE RESERVIOR FULL. IF IT EMPTIES YOU WILL INTRODUCE AIR INTO THE SYSTEM AND HAVE TO START ALL OVER.

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he is correct sir
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They sell the self bleeding kits at cycle gear for 15 bucks. Using this you wont have to open and close the bleeder.
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THEY ALSO SELL QUICK BLEEDER FITTINGS, THEY HAVE A CHECK VALVE IN THEM SO YOU JUST OPEN THE BLEEDER AND PUMP AWAY! I KNOW HI LO SELLS THEM DO NOT KNOW IF THEY WOULD HAVE THEM FOR YOUR BIKE!

Motorcycles Unlimited WOULD HAVE THEM I AM SURE!
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Old 09-10-2007, 09:47 PM   #6
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Hey all, anyone know of a quick HOW-TO on bleeding the brake system? Thanks.

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ill bleed them for free with my brake bleeder and show u how... dont let the fluid get on anything its bad stuff and it burns the eyes
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Got any good deals on some EBC break pads?
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i do sir!
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They sell the self bleeding kits at cycle gear for 15 bucks. Using this you wont have to open and close the bleeder.
The only kit they had at the cycle gear I went to was $31

I might take up Javi's offer as I am selling my bike and the brake fluid has turned a darker color so I would imagine its time it needs changed? Correct my if I am wrong. I don't know a WHOLE lot about bike maint.
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umm you should really start by bleeding the mastercylinder first pump, hold ,loosin banjo bolt, tighten banjo, and pump some, more then hold, and blah, repeat till no air comes out of that banjo bolt replace banjo in the above steps with bleeder if the mastercylinder has its own bleeder then do what secret agent said
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I need to get my bike to Javi's this week and I'm needing to bleed my brakes (and install SS lines on the front) so I'll sit in too. I've bled my brakes and clutch a few times already, but I was never alone when I did it so it'd be easy for me to flake on a step if I'm alone.

I'm a half decent mechanic as long as I have supervision. :/:
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The only kit they had at the cycle gear I went to was $31

I might take up Javi's offer as I am selling my bike and the brake fluid has turned a darker color so I would imagine its time it needs changed? Correct my if I am wrong. I don't know a WHOLE lot about bike maint.
YOUR SELLING THE 6ER WHAT FOR? BIGGET BIKE?
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Get a Mityvac bleeder kit; saves are the trouble and spills
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WTF, most of U guys are wrong, I suggest taking the lid off master cylinder and sucking the old fluid out, we use a vacuum pump, but a turkey baster will work also, cleaning the reservoir and filling with fresh fluid and then bleed the calipers l first and then r side, do not bleed master after this, in fact unless u run it dry or replace the master dont bleed it at all, when U bleed the calipers the master will bleed as well, its so simple, but it can be done wrong.do the rear the same wayany questions call me
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so can this be done by one person? I guess it'll be hard to squeeze the brake lever and loosen/tighten the bleeder at the same time :dontknow:
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so can this be done by one person? I guess it'll be hard to squeeze the brake lever and loosen/tighten the bleeder at the same time :dontknow:
can easily be done by one person, manually or with the auto bleeder
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WTF, most of U guys are wrong, I suggest taking the lid off master cylinder and sucking the old fluid out, we use a vacuum pump, but a turkey baster will work also, cleaning the reservoir and filling with fresh fluid and then bleed the calipers l first and then r side, do not bleed master after this, in fact unless u run it dry or replace the master dont bleed it at all, when U bleed the calipers the master will bleed as well, its so simple, but it can be done wrong.do the rear the same wayany questions call me
on my bike, with its radial master, if i dont bleed it last, some old fluid will be trapped in it. i use a mityvac as well for the lines and calipers, but for some reason it will never bleed the master properly, i always have to resort to the old school method.
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1 person can do it, its not that far from the ft lever to the calipers, plus u get a better feel doing it by yourself
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can easily be done by one person, manually or with the auto bleeder
cool, i've never done it on a bike so I wasn't sure.

and what does it mean to bleed the master?
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