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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-28-2010, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I've been having trouble with my linked brakes on my Honda ST1300, and had to break into the system to replace something called a secondary master cylinder...which sticks...often....and then it drags your rear brakes! PITA!

Well, Red and I got it swapped out, and then went to exchange our brake fluid, and then bleed it....simple, right? Nope! Not on your life!

Our first try was a disaster....I couldn't suck up enough fluid and air with my handheld mityvac, just couldn't do it.... Linked brakes are greato, but it takes a lot of suction to flood the system, especially if you replace that complete assembly......

Well, we needed something better, and fast, if we were going to Nassir. We didn't have the scratch for a $300 trick commercial brake machine, but we did have the smarts to utilize our old Hoover vacuum cleaner. We spent probably under $15 on a snap-shut container (Bi-Mart), three barbed hose receptors (Napa), and a plastic pipe elbow, screw in plug, and vinyl tubing (ACE Hardware). I sealed the barbs into the receptacle and the screw in plug with silicon adhesive (Shoe-Goo, actually). We took our vacuum cleaner hose to the hardware store to get a correct fit........ The thing worked like a charm, and probably as good as $300-$400 worth of commercial brake machine.... we went back to my wonderful father-in-law's borrowed garage, hooked it all up, and with Red pouring and me bleeding and our Hoover sucking, we got a firm pedal and a firm lever in under an hour!

Here's our baby below! Try it yourself; it makes it so easy we swapped our clutch fluid as an afterthought!
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Glad to hear you got it. I was afraid you'd have to submerge the bike in a tank of brake fluid and shake it.

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SWEET! Now be honest Red did all the hard work, like.............putting up with you

Glad you both got it solved

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That is just way to cool !!!! I like that!!!
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Necessity - the mother of invention!

I love it!!

Well done and thanks for sharing.

Looking forward to meeting you both at Nassir3.

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McGyver at work. Knew you could do it. Most things not as hard as they look.


The 1800 is my bike. The very best motorcycle ever made. I was enthralled with my first test ride on this machine. It is a great bike. A crotch rocket with storage bags.............As for oil I use the slick kind, and I like round tires, but as of late I have found square ones work best on the rear. Pirelli Eufori 195/55/16 @ 32 PSI
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Very cool!

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A Man that not only works on his own machines andhas his Woman helping, but makes his own tools toget it done in anothers garage...

Now that's how it's done Fellas...

Good Job CJ.
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