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I need to rebuild my left front brake caliper. I have two questions, first, what is the best place to buy the rebuild kit and second should I rebuild the right one at the same time.:wtf:
 

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I need to rebuild my left front brake caliper. I have two questions, first, what is the best place to buy the rebuild kit and second should I rebuild the right one at the same time.:wtf:
For brakes, I bend over and buy from Mother Honda.:lash: Yes, do BOTH sides. Even though they're operated separately (unless they've been modified,) they have the same wheel in common. Be sure to assess your rotors while at it, and use anti-seize grease on the slider pins, or whatever they're called.
 

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Buying OEM is surprisingly less than the aftermarket kits.
Get both sets of seals if you are going to have things apart anyway. One side is larger than the other.
 

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I suggest you change the brake fluid and clean the master cylinder also if your doing this because of a sticking caliper. I rebuilt mine years ago because the disk was getting hot enough to burn even when I didn't use the brakes. After the third time I rebuilt the caliper I tried cleaning the master cylinder, using a guitar string to clean the return hole, and that fixed it. Also those slides are important like cornpone said.
 

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When it comes to brakes I take no chances. Rebuild everything. Use oem Honda parts if possible. Do all 3 calipers, and both master cylinders. Don't just throw in new parts. Clean all the metal parts until they are spotless. Polish the bores with super fine sandpaper. And install SpeedBleeders so you won't have any problems bleeding everything when you get it all back together. This should be a one time thing, it should outlast the rest of the bike.
 

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When it comes to brakes I take no chances. Rebuild everything. Use oem Honda parts if possible. Do all 3 calipers, and both master cylinders. Don't just throw in new parts. Clean all the metal parts until they are spotless. Polish the bores with super fine sandpaper. And install SpeedBleeders so you won't have any problems bleeding everything when you get it all back together. This should be a one time thing, it should outlast the rest of the bike.
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Thanks for all the inputs. I purchased OEM parts and will start the rebuild Monday
 

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When rebuilding the linked brakes (pedal) bleed (pressurize)the rear first then the right front. It's a lot easier that way. Then when you're done, bleed the clutch slave as well. Expect the master cylinders to be dirty and crud filled as most people do not do this maintenance regularly.
 
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