Installing steel front brake lines (video) - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
DL650A - 2017+ DL650A - 2017 (L7) and later

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 12 Old 12-13-2018, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Greenville, SC
Posts: 419
Installing steel front brake lines (video)

For those of you considering new front brake lines, here are some quick ramblings on my experience with the install. Haven't ridden the bike since the install due to poor weather, so can't yet comment on performance change. Will update soon.

Click *HERE* to view.
brock29609 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 12 Old 12-13-2018, 02:31 PM
Stromtrooper.com Sponsor
 
richlandrick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Clover, S.C.
Posts: 4,128
Nice video. I noticed your fork tubes are raised in the triple clamp about an inch. Shouldn't be a problem, but that makes the tight line seem a strange. Oops you just mentioned it in the video. That extra length would be due to raising the fork tubes. The line would be 1" over stock now, but I'm sure you know that. The math isn't hard. LOL

It is a good video and should be helpful to others.
richlandrick is offline  
post #3 of 12 Old 12-13-2018, 06:06 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Mingo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 54
Thanks for the very informative video. Please give us your feedback once you've had a chance to ride the bike with the steel lines. Thanks!
Mingo is offline  
 
post #4 of 12 Old 12-13-2018, 06:23 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
stuball's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Northern/ Central California
Posts: 126
Garage
Thanks for the Video. Did you have to remove the Tank to move the Radiator?

Stu Brown
stuball is offline  
post #5 of 12 Old 12-14-2018, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Greenville, SC
Posts: 419
Quote:
Originally Posted by stuball View Post
Thanks for the Video. Did you have to remove the Tank to move the Radiator?
Nope. I did remove the side plastic pieces, though.
brock29609 is offline  
post #6 of 12 Old 12-14-2018, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Greenville, SC
Posts: 419
Can anyone spot the mistake I made that led to an leak? Glad I spotted before hitting the road. Easily fixed.

Small hint: The wetness you see on the calipers is Windex, not brake fluid.
brock29609 is offline  
post #7 of 12 Old 12-18-2018, 11:40 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
WingVetteStrom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Fox Island, WA
Posts: 245
Did you have any problem bleeding? I'm only replacing the top hose, but am concerned about air getting into the ABS pump possibly? If it does, I'm wondering if the ABS pump is always "open" to allow air to pass through it while I'm bleeding out the air from the new top hose.

I wouldn't think that air could get into the rear brake system as the Combined Braking System the way I understand it only sends pressure to the opposite wheel if it senses a wheel locking up?

thx!!

2018 V-Strom 650XT
2018 Goldwing Tour DCT
2015 Z51 Corvette Stingray
WingVetteStrom is offline  
post #8 of 12 Old 12-18-2018, 11:46 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
WingVetteStrom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Fox Island, WA
Posts: 245
Quote:
Originally Posted by brock29609 View Post
Can anyone spot the mistake I made that led to an leak? Glad I spotted before hitting the road. Easily fixed.

Small hint: The wetness you see on the calipers is Windex, not brake fluid.
Did you forget any crush washers?

2018 V-Strom 650XT
2018 Goldwing Tour DCT
2015 Z51 Corvette Stingray
WingVetteStrom is offline  
post #9 of 12 Old 12-19-2018, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Greenville, SC
Posts: 419
Quote:
Originally Posted by WingVetteStrom View Post
Did you have any problem bleeding?
They bleed just like traditional brakes. No prob getting a firm lever once I pumped the fluid through to the left caliper, then I drew a small amount of air out of the right side.

I'm taking my first ride on the new lines later today. Stay tuned.

Edit: Can't say I feel a dramatic improvement in braking with the braided lines. Maybe a little more bite. I'd suggest first finding a good deal on name-brand HH pads. I think more bang for buck there. But if you're like me and money starts burning holes in your pockets when it's too long since last farkle, do it.

Quote:
Originally Posted by WingVetteStrom View Post
Did you forget any crush washers?
I did...


Last edited by brock29609; 01-01-2019 at 04:33 PM.
brock29609 is offline  
post #10 of 12 Old 12-30-2018, 11:39 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
ddphillips's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Posts: 47
Hi, thanks for posting this. I have 1" up and back and the stock lines are a bit tight.
I also want to extend the damper rods on my 2017xt to give 190mm fork travel, so the 2" extension is only between the master cylinder and frame connection under the triples? The line from under the triples to the RHS caliper is the same as stock?

Darren

2017xt 650 vstrom, yellow.
Ohlins SU216 rear shock, .85 fork springs, cogent DDC, Barret 3/4 exhaust, 20mm rear raising links, ricks fork brace, oxford heated grips, Radguard, Altrider bash plate & engine bars, Steel pony soft panniers and rack, TAG bars, foot peg lowering brackets, gear lever extension, bar end mirrors.
ddphillips is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
are steel braided brake lines worth the money? Lonney General V-Strom Discussion 19 03-28-2012 10:25 AM
Steel braided brake lines stevewz V-Strom Service and Maintenance Questions and Discussions 1 02-16-2010 07:13 PM
steel brake lines for dl650 sorinj DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011 14 08-16-2009 10:17 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome