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Old 10-08-2011, 03:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I haven't ordered a service manual for my new-to-me 2006 GL1800, but was kind of hoping to change the brake/clutch fluid this weekend. I had earlier seen several recommendations for SpeedBleeders, and they sounded like a decent idea so I ordered the 3 that they specified on their web page. But now looking at the bike, there are two bleed ports per caliper, so 6 total. Do I need to order 3 more SpeedBleeders to put one on each port? And that doesn't include the clutch, Arggggggg.

Guess I'd better order that manual this weekend and put the fluids off till spring. Rats.


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Old 10-08-2011, 04:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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yes you need to get them, the calippers on the 1800 have each two chambers that work separatelly so there is need to bleed each of them.
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Old 10-08-2011, 04:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hello ED,
Can't say enough about the great quality and job the SpeedBleeders provide.
Down here the brake and clutch fluid is purged annually. You really should get the factory service manual, as it will build confidence in doing your own work. Don't quote me, but there are more bleeders than I think you counted. My bike being a ABS has 11 counting the single one for the clutch. I'm still in MI on tour and do not have access to the manual, so I can not verify such.

It is very important that you follow the manual in bleeding as there is a sequence that must be followed for ABS and probably for linked systems too.

You may find further help from others on the forum who have access to their manuals.

Hope this helps.

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Old 10-08-2011, 05:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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yes there are 6 bleeders. LF caliper. RF caliper. secondary master cylinder. clutch. and 2 on the rear caliper. I did not see a fluid change/ bleed proceedure for the ABS. the manual covers the trouble codes. My guess is the procedure is the same for non-ABS as ABS systems
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There is another one on top of the anti-dive valve also. You don't need speed bleeders anyway. Put a clear hose on the bleeder and into a container, open it 1/4 turn then squeeze/pump the lever/pedal then let it out not too quickly then pause a second or 2 and do it again until clean fluid comes out. All of them but one on each front caliper bleed from the rear brake pedal. except the clutch of course.
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Dave0430's method works great. An old battery bleeder hose will work. This turns bleeding brakes on any vehicle into a one man job.
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Old 10-09-2011, 09:47 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Ok, I guess it's a job for spring then. Just ordered a manual. Thanks very much for the feedback.

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I'm going to do this with my bike soon and I plan on using a vac system from harbor freight to do the job. I've never used it before, but I believe that it's as simple as hooking the hose up to the bleed ports opening them a crack and pumping the vacuum. there's cheaper ways of doing the vacuum thing as well which you might find in a search on here. good luck.
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