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post #1 of 11 Old 03-05-2012, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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Question Brake fluid brand?

What brand of brake fluid are you all using?

I've been using the Honda DOT4 but wondering if there's any real difference between brands?
I have a local shop but they are not a Honda dealer and they carry different brands but not Honda.

If I switch brands do I have to completely drain the system?

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Was just searching for posts on Brake fluid when this posted up.
I am rebuilding my CBR954 calipers and want to get a nice high quality break fluid. I am trying to find some ATE DOT4 Super-Blue locally but no luck so far. Anyone know any other DOT4 brake fluid with a color tint?

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RBF600 from motul .... only stuff i use in the motos. tho it probably dont make a lick of difference... the biggest thing is that its some type of DOT4 .... and is fresh.

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I use this stuff, available at Wally World and most auto parts stores


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I've used ATE superblue on the RC51 and switched between the gold and blue. Definitely makes complete flushes a lot easier with the color tints.

I think as long as you go with a reputable brand and the proper DOT rating, you'll be alright.

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I use this:

My auto shop uses this stuff along with the BG brake flush machine, so I'm not sure where a non-professional would get the stuff.

Haven't googled how far away Elgin is from St. Peters MO. but I could hook you up with some if needed.

Edit (found this): http://www.ebay.com/itm/BG-DOT-4-Bra...item5891aa6db9

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Well, I went to the bike shop to get my oil & filter (not even going to get into which brands! LOL!)and grabbed some Repsol brake fluid cause it's what they had. I'm sure I could have gotten some cheaper stuff but I was there so...

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I use this stuff, available at Wally World and most auto parts stores

Generally I use that exact same stuff. It's cheap and does the job even for track only use.

An engineer friend gave me a quart of the ATE Superblue after I finished a job for her on a Corbin Sparrow and I have been using it up as needed.


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What brand of brake fluid are you all using?

I've been using the Honda DOT4 but wondering if there's any real difference between brands?
I have a local shop but they are not a Honda dealer and they carry different brands but not Honda.

If I switch brands do I have to completely drain the system?

Thanks!
DOT 4 is better that DOT 3 (less water absorption and higher boiling point).
Make sure you don't put DOT5 in there though, can't be mixed with 3 or 4
Also don't store leftovers, throw it away so you won't be tempted to use it a year later. (unless you will change it again soon). Once it's open, it will start absorb moisture sitting on the shelf

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Also don't store leftovers, throw it away so you won't be tempted to use it a year later. (unless you will change it again soon). Once it's open, it will start absorb moisture sitting on the shelf
As long as it is tightly capped it is not going to absorb moisture at least not enough to warrant throwing it away. Hell the brake fluid reservoirs on your bike are vented to allow pressure changes as the brake fluid level goes up & down. Most people don't change their OEM fluid out for years...

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