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post #1 of 16 Old 03-18-2019, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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Galfer brake lines.

My '08 Wee is getting to the age where it can't hurt to replace the brake lines with stainless steel ones.
I know Spiegler lines are very good and I have them on my other bike, but the Galfers sell for over $30 less.
So. Does anyone have experience with the Galfer brand?

Thanks for your time.
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Yes, we do. Never had a problem with them. Not one.

https://www.adventuretech.biz/braide...ake-lines.html
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What makes you think that 10 years is the max for your brake line life expectancy? Are they cracked or otherwise showing signs of decay?
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Change them out, if for no other reason than they will greatly increase your brake lever feel in threshold braking.

I did my '09 about 3 years ago--no, the OEM lines weren't cracked yet--and it made a huge difference.

I installed new HH sintered brake pads at the same time and they give more initial bite than the organics, albeit a little harder on the rotors.
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What makes you think that 10 years is the max for your brake line life expectancy? Are they cracked or otherwise showing signs of decay?
I've had an experience with a collapsed rubber line on a vehicle about 15 years old. It was not a pleasant day.
Besides, i want to fiddle with my bike.

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I bought the slightly longer Galfer lines a couple years back because I was adding bar risers. They worked well and were an improvement over stock.
Changing the front lines makes for a somewhat tedious bleeding process. Takes a little longer is all.
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I have Galfers and think they are an improvement. They don't turn the brakes into Brembos.
But slightly better than stock.
However, on installation I lost an olive crush washer and the bike sat for 10 days waiting for a spare. If you go for it PLEASE ask for an additional spare olive washer on your initial order. You won't find one anywhere else in the universe so get a spare in the beginning. Just in case.
On the improvement level, I think a complete refit is the way to go. Our calipers are very weak and you can't get around that unless you replace them with big pots.
This is the most glaring weakness of our bikes IMO.
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What makes you think that 10 years is the max for your brake line life expectancy? Are they cracked or otherwise showing signs of decay?
Your reply strikes me as a bit odd... Are you actually suggesting that a person should wait until they notice cracking or dryrotting on their brake lines before replacing them? Suzuki recommends replacing brakes lines every 4 years... OP is at 2 1/2 times that interval.
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Your reply strikes me as a bit odd... Are you actually suggesting that a person should wait until they notice cracking or dryrotting on their brake lines before replacing them? Suzuki recommends replacing brakes lines every 4 years... OP is at 2 1/2 times that interval.
4 years is way too cautious IMO. My stock lines looked great after 12 years of service. However, I did feel I was pushing my luck. Some of the other rubber bits (mainly cooling system hoses) had lost their elasticity and I'd already had to replace them to stop leaks.

I was due for new brake fluid this spring, so, why not get new lines at the same time? I also wanted to add taller handlebar risers (Rox 3.5" specifically), so needed extended lines, as well as new ones.

I got the Galfer +2" lines from Adventuretech, and installed them a few weeks ago. They've been great.

I'm skeptical that the "improved brake feel" is anything but placebo effect, but I definitely have nice brake response.

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4 years is way too cautious IMO. My stock lines looked great after 12 years of service. However, I did feel I was pushing my luck. Some of the other rubber bits (mainly cooling system hoses) had lost their elasticity and I'd already had to replace them to stop leaks.

I was due for new brake fluid this spring, so, why not get new lines at the same time? I also wanted to add taller handlebar risers (Rox 3.5" specifically), so needed extended lines, as well as new ones.

I got the Galfer +2" lines from Adventuretech, and installed them a few weeks ago. They've been great.

I'm skeptical that the "improved brake feel" is anything but placebo effect, but I definitely have nice brake response.
I agree that the maintenance schedule is very cautious, but to imply that someone should ignore the manufacturer recommendation by more than 2.5x because there may not be visible signs of rot/crack. Brakes are pretty darned important... The majority of riders are hard pressed to keep proper air in their tires, much less full inspection of the entire length of their brake hoses and associated fittings on a regular schedule.
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