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Galfer SS Brake Line Installation Pics

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!

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Excellent write-up, Scott. Perhaps MisterMike will add this to the 919 sticky.

Now that you have the Galfer lines, you should really buy a pair of wave rotors (cough, cough) and some HH pads to complete the project!

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Nice how-to. These are definitely on my list of future mods.

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Took a 150 mile ride today, lots of twisty country roads, loved the firm brake feel. Considered changing the pads, but both front and rear are in good shape, will wait until it's time and then put on Galfer pads.

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My Galfers will be delivered Monday morning. I have everything ready to install. I made my own brake line clamp with a manuel milling machine, a bit rougher then Mike's. Nice pic guide, thanks.

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Excellent write-up, Scott. Perhaps MisterMike will add this to the 919 sticky.
Consider it done.

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Thanks Mister Mike! Hope it helps someone else along the way. And the best part, now my tubs of of recyclables are immortalized forever!

I am surprised though that no one gave me grief over the Tony Stewart newspaper, you guys are slipping.

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Hey I used the same brake fluid when I did mine! (and I have xrmikey's awesome lineholder too)

Good write up, and three cheers for xrmikey's lineholder!

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Nice work, im sure many will get use of this !! str8

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I removed the stock rubber bushings by just sliding them down over the banjo fittings--no cutting required.

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Excellent write up THANKS I just thought I might order a brake line holder from xrmikey. I have a carbon fiber fender as well and with some silcone spray and some grinding I managed to move the stock holders outside (it offers more sratch protection)
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I removed the stock rubber bushings by just sliding them down over the banjo fittings--no cutting required.
Hmm, didn't try that, just looked like they wouldn't come off. Good tip!

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Sbeau I think your front tire is mounted backwards...

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the post is about 3 years old... but it certainly does look like it was

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hmmm, i think his rear is backwards (6th pick up) and his front is correct (2nd pick up) Then again, what do I know?

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both of them are pics of the front, notice that there is a fork tube with fender mounting bracket. But I'd hope by now several set of tires have been put on

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Excellent write up.

Question: Do the Gaffer line have a DOT stamp on them anywhere? I ask as I'd require it in New Zealand to get a warrant of fitness. Brake lines must be approved , DOT, TUV etc.

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I love it, a 3 year old thread lives again, awesome! I appreciate your concern guys but my tire was not mounted backwards, someone mentioned that in another thread where I had posted pics way back when and I checked it out. That's just how the Continental Road Attacks are made, the front and rear tread patterns are opposite of each other but there are directional arrows on the sidewalls that show the proper rotational direction. I actually still have those tires on the bike about 11,000 miles later, they're just now worn down to the point of needing replacement and a set of Michelins will soon be mounted up.

As far as whether the brake lines are DOT stamped, I do not believe so, but I'm not had any problems since they were mounted and that was one mod that definitely transformed the bike and my riding experience.

Now someone go dig up another one of my old how to threads and surprise me!

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on the 16th picture from top, you can see that rotational arrow of the front tire and its pointing to the rear of the bike

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on the 16th picture from top, you can see that rotational arrow of the front tire and its pointing to the rear of the bike
Sorry, you're incorrect. The front tire pattern is opposite the rear, the tires are mounted properly. The small arrow on the actual tread area is not the directional arrow, it's just part of the tread design. The directional arrow is located on the sidewall. Thanks for your concern.

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What was the model number to the SS brake lines?

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All they say is 2001-2006 it should work for the 2007 model year as well right?

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Nevermind I just ordered the G & J SS brak lines in Red.

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^ you'll love the G&J great product lots of us here very satisfied.

I'll add my little 2cents, Be careful on the banjo bolts you dont need to gorilla tighten them. I did and busted that ho in half, sucked.

allan, it takes no time at all to install and i dont think any SS lines are stamped DOT (could be wrong) just swap em when it comes inspection time once a year?

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...going to do this. Anybody use these?

http://www.streetfightersinc.com/SpieglerBrakeLines.htm

I like the options on color. Quality in pics looks good...

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http://www.streetfightersinc.com/SpieglerBrakeLines.htm

I like the options on color. Quality in pics looks good...
Spiegler makes quality brake lines. You can spend the extra $$ or get the G&J lines which also have color options. The choice is yours.

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Excellent write up.

Question: Do the Gaffer line have a DOT stamp on them anywhere? I ask as I'd require it in New Zealand to get a warrant of fitness. Brake lines must be approved , DOT, TUV etc.

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I just checked my still in the box kit. Galfer front and rear for my 919. No DOT or TUV on the lines, packaging, or paperwork. My guess is that for you, finding some European TUV marked lines is the best way to go. I can't imagine you wanting to have to change brake lines every year at inspection time. BUT there may be a way to smoke things through. The DOT markings have the appearance of being painted on. Buy black braided ss lines. Use a draughtman's stencil kit to make up a stencil on masking tape. Put the tape on the brake line. Spray with flat white paint. Voila !

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Remove stencil from brake line. Then it is voila time !

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Spiegler makes quality brake lines. You can spend the extra $$ or get the G&J lines which also have color options. The choice is yours.
...didn't know the G&J came in color, I must have been shopping on the wrong sites. Any suggestions?

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Anyone have contact info on G and J, I googled and ebayed them didnt see much. Im interested in the colored lines.

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Thanks Mambo! Just ordered a set of black! I asked for the red banjos, but they talked me out of it because they stated they require a special crush washer and they've had problems with them.

So I stuck with the chome/stainless.


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...didn't know the G&J came in color, I must have been shopping on the wrong sites. Any suggestions?
For over 30 years I have been going to G&J Aircraft Surplus and Performance for custom braided stainless lines. Either tell them you want a set for a 919 or (if you have a Blitzfonker 139ss) give them the lengths, desired type and angles of the ends, and color of the covering or uncovered and they can crank them out in about an hour and ship them out the same day you order them. Just be sure to order them with stainless ferrules.

Here is a picture of the colours they have available.

From left to right: plain (uncovered), yellow/gold, clear, red, black, green, smoke, blue, a slightly different red.


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was talking to a guy where i work (not motorcycle related work) and we struck up a convo about motorcycles, and he said he was taking his bike to galfer to get a custom line made... i went hmm weres that... right in oxnard... no shit... (i live in camarillo.... like 15 min away from galfer HQ!)

i wonder if i could call em up / walk in and get a deal on some ss lines for the 919!!?!??!

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