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Need a little more braking advice...

Yesterday I looked at a 919 with stainless steel braided brake lines. They looked great, but they seemed they would be more functional for me.

You see, I've added the SW Motech handlebar riser (http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...view/2015/197/) and in doing that, it really stretched the front brake lines. I had to disconnect the inverted Y joint below the headlight just to give it enough slack.

So, what are your recommendations for brake lines that are just a tad bit longer than factory? The ones I looked at yesterday had two lines, one to each front caliper, as opposed to a one into two like the factory setup.

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post #2 of 21 Old 10-02-2006, 06:54 AM
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I know there are places that can make lines as long as you want. A lot of chopper guys buy them that way. Just measure your stock line and order one an inch longer, or two if it's your fancy.

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I know of a local race and auto shop that had braided steel lines of any length they can custom make them or have some that already have universal ends on them that will adapt to about anything. Cost a lot less when i checked into it cant remember now.. Wondering if anyone has went this route instead of getting ones from motorcycle shops?

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Spiegler Performance parts. Excellent build quality, you can pick and choose any number of banjo/brake line colors.

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Spiegler Performance parts. Excellent build quality, you can pick and choose any number of banjo/brake line colors.
Mike, you are da man. Just ordered +3 inch dual line setup with new colors. They are also easy to deal with. Answered all my questions and didn't try and up-sell anything at all, even when I asked if I should do the rears as well.

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Your welcome Ranger. Did you color match the banjos? The feature I have always liked about Spiegler is the adjustable banjo. You won't fine that on Galfer or Goodridge.

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Yep. Color matched the lines, banjos and bolts.

I started out looking for functionality to get a little extra length in the lines so that I could use the handlebar riser.

I ended up with a class set up that is functional and will look a helluva lot better than the factory rubber hose. I'll post photos when I can.

BTW, I'm out of my cast as of last Friday. Should be back riding in a month to six weeks. I can't wait.

While I'm at it, why don't I hijack my own thread....

Any issues with painting the calipers? I hate the gold calipers on a mostly red and silver bike.

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The gold calipers are dope! If you try to paint them it won't hold very well. At least not from rattle can paint.

Instead. Put some gold Renthals on that beauty.

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That's great news Ranger. Are you doing any sort of physical therapy? The best thing is to swap you gold ones for a set of black. I'm sure someone would love to have your bling-bling calipers.

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Looks like they went to the gold calipers on the 2004 model. Were there any changes other than color when they went gold?

I can order new calipers from Ron Ayers and do the lines and calipers all at once.

Is anyone really interested in gold brake calipers?

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Holy Cow!!!!

$600+ to replace all three brake calipers. I can afford a lot of black spray paint for that. Or just live with crappy gold.

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You can get F4i calipers for pennies on Ebay--I believe someone said they fit--& are black.

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Ask to trade someone or look in junk yards. They arn't that hard to rebuild with new parts and will be as good as new.

But I say, live with the gold. It's cool, really.

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Ranger, I *might* have the calipers off my 04 919 for sale here pretty soon, they are blackish greyish if you are interested... 3800 miles on them, and they stopped my so well once I did an endo, much better than tagging the Caddy that backed out in front of me

Oh, just noticed, I'll only have the front ones, the back one is staying on the bike...

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Ranger, I *might* have the calipers off my 04 919 for sale here pretty soon, they are blackish greyish if you are interested... 3800 miles on them, and they stopped my so well once I did an endo, much better than tagging the Caddy that backed out in front of me
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Just don't bother cleanin' 'em for a while.. They'll soon look black enough!

I like my gold calipers.. But then I have the '05 in "Darkness Black Metallic" (I even love the name of the color!)

Oh, and good to hear you'll soon be back in the saddle mate!

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Yep. Color matched the lines, banjos and bolts.

I started out looking for functionality to get a little extra length in the lines so that I could use the handlebar riser.

I ended up with a class set up that is functional and will look a helluva lot better than the factory rubber hose. I'll post photos when I can.

BTW, I'm out of my cast as of last Friday. Should be back riding in a month to six weeks. I can't wait.

While I'm at it, why don't I hijack my own thread....

Any issues with painting the calipers? I hate the gold calipers on a mostly red and silver bike.

Thanks again.

Ranger--did you order direct or through a dealer? How much do they charge for coloring the fittings? Do they come as a kit with washers & botls?

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Yesterday I looked at a 919 with stainless steel braided brake lines. They looked great, but they seemed they would be more functional for me.

You see, I've added the SW Motech handlebar riser (http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...view/2015/197/) and in doing that, it really stretched the front brake lines. I had to disconnect the inverted Y joint below the headlight just to give it enough slack.

So, what are your recommendations for brake lines that are just a tad bit longer than factory? The ones I looked at yesterday had two lines, one to each front caliper, as opposed to a one into two like the factory setup.

Thanks again. You guys are great to share the knowledge with.
Ranger, How do you like the 1" up and back handlebar riser? Did disconnecting the inverted Y joint give enough brake line slack or did you have to go with new lines. Thinking about trying the same riser, anybody else installed handlebar risers, good/bad experience??

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Mudarra has handlebar risers.

Look here for some pics.

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Hmmm...I might be persuaded to swap my black '02 calipers for your gold ones.

'02 Honda 919 - She's the only one for me!

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My 04 came with black calipers. They must have made the change mid year somewhere. I like the black with the silver bike though.

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