Installed SS brake lines today, here's some pics and lessons learned...
Just to protect from the corrosive properties of brake fluid, I removed my front and rear CF fenders and right side mirror. Also pulled the seat and right plastic side cover for easier access to the rear master cylinder
Per a suggestion I read on another post, I wrapped all the painted parts in tinfoil, It's a look
Started with the rear line, ready to drain the rear master cylinder. Used silicone aquarium line and a glass jar for the old brake fluid
Fit the line securely over the bleeder screw
Opened the bleeder and pumped the rear brake lever until all the fluid drained from the master cylinder. The rubber diaphram under the cap will turn inside out, you have to push it back in. Same goes for the front
Removed oem brake line, new line ready to be installed
Installed new line, banjo bolts, washers, hand tightened
Torque the banjo bolts to 12 ft/lb
Refilled master cylinder with fresh synthetic fluid, bled brakes through same silicone line into jar with old fluid in the bottom. Pump rear brake lever, open bleeder screw, let bubbles and fluid pass through the line, repeat until firm pedal and fluid no longer has air bubbles. Refill master cylinder several times, keeping a close eye so it doesn't run out of fluid while bleeding
Moved to front, repeated same process to empty front master cylinder, loosened bleeder screw, squeezed brake lever repeatedly until all fluid was out of lines and master cylinder was empty. Have to do on both front calipers
Removed front lines from calipers and master cylinder, wrapped ends in paper towel to keep fluid from dripping on bike
Removed bolt holding Y to lower tree
Hard to get the brake line out of the clamp behind the headlamp
Spread clamp with screwdriver and got line free
Old lines off, new ready to install
Right side line slightly shorter than left, installed at caliper and routed up same path as oem line
New lines do away with 2 into 1 Y and both run directly to master cylinder, using a longer banjo bolt
Some fluid remained in master cylinder, removed with clean paper towel. Bled front brakes same as rear, starting with left caliper. Took patience and several refillings of the master cylinder to remove all the air from the system and get a firm lever.
Reinstalled oem front brake line brackets, cut rubber bushing from old lines
Had to bend brackets slightly for correct angle with new lines
And the final touch, installed xrmikey's custom brake line holder, pure machined art! Now if only I can get that corrosion off
Brakes feel great, rear has never been very impressive and can easily lock up the wheel now. Both front and rear levers are extremely firm, no more squishy brakes!