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post #1 of 9 Old 07-01-2019, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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Brake and Clutch Fluid time...

Have used Motul 600 or 660 in the past on my bikes. Would either not be appropriate here for both brakes and clutch?

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post #2 of 9 Old 07-01-2019, 02:46 PM
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These are both DOT 4 rated, so yes, either are appropriate. (read the owners manual and/or the top of the reservoirs for the required rating)

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Car, I use DOT4 fluid in 2 of my bikes for both brake and clutch hydraulic systems, and the 3rd with a cable-operated clutch I use DOT4 in its braking system as well. If your fluid meets the specs called for by the manufacturer, I see no problem. Isnt your spec engraved on the reservoir cover?
I use BelRay Super DOT4 brake fluid in my bikes.
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i guess I was less worried about meeting spec, as i know they are DOT 4.. .but rather any reason someone had to not use this stuff (or something else) for other reasons. Have seen some posts about water absorption rates, etc for more permanency fluids...

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i don't have my manual here... anyone know what volume brakes will take for change, and what volume for clutch fluid? deciding how many 500ml bottles i need to order for this.

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post #6 of 9 Old 07-15-2019, 02:58 PM
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Good old Prestone DOT4 for $3.87 per 12 ounce bottle is all you need. You can use DOT4 brake fluid that costs 10x as much but it'll do nothing differently, better or for longer.

1 - 12 ounce or 355ml bottle should be more than enough for 3 calipers and the clutch.

July 4th weekend I did the ABS servo brakes on my 2006 R1200GS that has 3 calipers and the servo/ABS unit on a little less than 355ml.

Yesterday I flushed and bled the brakes on my 2007 R1200GS and used about 200ml.

In both instances I really flushed the brakes even after the fluid was running clean I continued to flush just because I had more than enough fluid to spare.
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I've changed the brake and clutch fluid twice on my 14 DL1000. A 12 oz. bottle finished the job both times with maybe 15-20% to spare. I wasn't trying to make it a one bottle job but one was all it took get the fluid clear. Unless you spill or need to remove air bubbles, 12 oz. will do front, rear and clutch. Speed bleeders make it very easy. I've also used the inexpensive Prestone DOT4 with no problems.
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So how are you cycling the ABS pump to completely flush and bleed the system? I was under the impression it took an electronic tool to cycle the pump...

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Correct.

I did my normal fluid change until everything looked nice and bright. Then I went out onto a slippery grassy parking lot fringe area and exercised both front and rear ABS multiple times. Went back and bled both front and rear again. Hope that did the trick. By coincidence today I again just went to that very spot an exercised both ABS again to make sure that there is new fluid in the ABS module. Under my normal riding ABS rarely gets activated.

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