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post #1 of 19 Old 04-10-2008, 09:34 AM Thread Starter
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Stainless Steel Brake Lines - Who Has Done It?

Hi. I am going to order and install some stainless steel brake lines on the front calipers of the Strom. Wondering who has done it already, which brand you purchased, and what you think of them. Please advise.

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I did them. Galfer brand from Ebay, got a kit with two front lines, a rear line, and a clutch line for about $160 I believe. I did it very early because I didn't like the brake feel much on the Strom stock. I love the upgrade, money very well spent. I've felt stock Strom brakes since doing the lines and the difference is immediately noticable. I plan to upgrade the pads this season as well.

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That's good feedback, thanks. I am leaning towards the Galfer lines myself, along with EBC HH pads. Any issues with install / alignment / fitment of the Galfer lines?

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I did the Spiegler lines on mine. New EBC HH front pads at the same time. Did front brake and clutch lines. Left the rear brake alone.

Big improvement and good service from Spiegler.

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I did it on my wee. It was a minor improvement. Personally I think pads are more important.

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I have a set of Galfers on my Hawk GT. The front is noticable, the back, honestly, isn't worth it.

I'll probably put a front one on the Strom when it's due for a brake fluid change. I won't go through the hassle of bleeding the brakes just to change the hose.

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i've got a two-line galfer setup on mine. do not notice much difference at all. i'm hoping better pads will do the trick ... but i have to wonder if the steel lines would make any difference, if you are going to go to a better pad.

another downside of the galfer ... i believe they are a bit shorter than the one-line stock setup. so less room to play with handlebar ergos.
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Galfer users - was there any issue with line twist, or anything installation related for that matter?

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i've got a two-line galfer setup on mine. do not notice much difference at all. i'm hoping better pads will do the trick ... but i have to wonder if the steel lines would make any difference, if you are going to go to a better pad.

another downside of the galfer ... i believe they are a bit shorter than the one-line stock setup. so less room to play with handlebar ergos.
Interesting. Spiegler has the option to order longer lengths, if desired. I bought them +2" to go with my revised bars and the fit perfectly.

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I'm a bit surprised at the consensus here. It seems pads are more important than heftier brake lines and that steel brake lines do not improve feel dramatically.

I was hoping to improve the feel of my brakes so I guess I'll change to the better pads and forget the brake lines. Anything else one can do besides pads and brake lines? Anyone try changing the Master Cylinder?

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