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post #1 of 17 Old 02-20-2019, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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OK, I know I'm going to start a "contentious" thread here, but here goes anyway..........


I just finished a 6300 mile trip. from the Seattle area through Mainland Mexico and Baja. IMHO, the brakes are, well let's just say". "Sub-optimum". (I'll leave my real feelings aside. :-O ). I've just ordered a set of new Honda 2003 CBR600F4 4-pots for the front from on online parts house, and SS cables, sintered pads, a banjo bolt for the reservoir, and caliper adapters from SV Racing Parts. I could have gotten used calipers easily on eBay, however I looked into the cost of buying new pistons and seals, any maybe some replacement bolts, and if I ended up having to do that, I'd be right back at the cost almost of the new calipers. Yes, it's going to be an expensive upgrade, especially since I've already got about 4K into farkles now, but it'll be worth it IMO.

Contact SV Racing and he has a list of all the Nissin and Tokio calipers that will fit using his adapters.

I'll update this thread when I get the project done. I figure this is going to be a 7 pot coffee job on the coffee pot level of difficulty scale.
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Too bad Suzuki doesn't use the front end of the Vstrom 1000 on the 650: Upside down forks, and radially mounted much better calipers.

Hope you can post pics of your installation process.
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I went with name brand sintered pads and stainless lines and I'm quite pleased with the bite I'm getting. They're not to the level my 2010-era BMWs were, but I'd call my stopping power "good". Install was straight forward. No biggie.
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If you like the bike and plan to keep it, there is no better upgrade.

I have done the pad upgrade. It is better. But not in the same league as the 4 pot calipers.

What few negative results are, in my opinion, due to not bleeding the system properly. The hard part is the master cylinder/banjo bolt area to give up the air trapped there. It took me a few days, each day just a little better. I think those that "push" brake fluid in from the caliper may have the secret to doing this right. I will try that next time. Stock master cylinder works fine....once system is bled properly.
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Good brakes, and a loud horn, save lives!
I looked into a loud airhorn. But the thing weighs almost 5 pounds. I like to do off-road occasionally and I do a lot of really long distance stuff. 5 pounds is significant.
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I looked into a loud airhorn.
Just keep adding traditional horns anywhere you can fit them. I'm up to 3 which makes one helluva racket that can't be ignored (see details *HERE*).

I'm a big fan of the PIAA Slim Line horns.
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"What few negative results are, in my opinion, due to not bleeding the system properly. The hard part is the master cylinder/banjo bolt area to give up the air trapped there."

The very 1st GSXR750 I flushed brakes on dealt me a fit for 10 minutes of bleeding. Then..under a boot on the master cylinder before than junction..was a bleeder screw. Bled it there and all was immediately great. I always crack open the lines 1st at the master cylinder, then at any junctions to the caliper, then at the caliper, and finish bleeding at the bleeder screw. But it would have been great to have a dedicated bleeder screw on the master cylinder itself.
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One of those banjo fasteners with a built in bleeder would be a nice upgrade when changing lines!
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I did the EBC HH's on my L2 all around.

Very nice. Rather have the USD 1000 front end on it though.

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