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post #1 of 4 Old 01-21-2015, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Top brake line 2013 wee strom - which way does it turn?

Hi guys
I'm in Mexico at the moment and about to change the top brakeline on my 2013 V-Strom (when the part arrives). I'm using an SVRacing extended top brakeline. I have a limited garage (hotel carpark) and only basic tools. I've read up everything I can on bleeding the brakes once the line is changed, but my question is (and it's a silly one) follows.
Looking at the job ahead of me I've noticed that the bottom end of the brakeline attaches to a square block that mounts to the underside of the bottom triple clamp and that a rigid brakeline runs out of the back of this block (for want of a better description). Apart from the fact that the 10mm nut that attaches the brakeline to the back of this block is going to be hard to get to because it's buried up between the radiator and the rest of the bike, is there anything I should be aware of eg. reverse thread or any other peculiarity? I'm presuming that standing at the front of the bike the nut will undo clockwise? Or, conversely, anti-clockwise if you are looking at it from the back of the bike. Anybody out there who has any experience with this job, any tips, would be welcome. Someone has to ask these stupid questions and seeing I'm a long way down in Mexico, I won't hear you laughing.
If you're wondering why I'm doing this, I've damaged the tendons in my left shoulder. Terrible roads down here and obviously the riding position wasn't right for me. I'm a long way from home and hopefully the addition of two inch handlebar risers will make life a little less painful. Touring is an adventure but boy can it have some challenges.
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-21-2015, 05:45 PM
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There are no reverse threads. As you look straight on to the bolt head loosen the bolt by turning it counter(or anti)clockwise.

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post #3 of 4 Old 01-21-2015, 07:59 PM
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I started to remove the brake line and gave up. There is very little clearance between the top of the radiator and the bottom of the frame headstock. After the wrench slipped off the nut on the rigid brake line a couple of times, and scraped the paint off the top of the radiator, I gave up and put everything back together. It will be a lot easier to change the lines if the radiator is dropped. I would not want to do this in a parking lot.

By rerouting the wires and throttle cables I was able to install taller handlebars without changing the brake lines. You should be able to do the same thing with risers. If there is a trick to removing the lines without lowering the radiator I would love to hear it.
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-30-2015, 06:13 AM
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unless reverse threaded, any bolt will undo counter-clockwise as you look at the bolt head and any nut will unscrew counter-clockwise as you look at the nut.
never mind looking at it from the back of the bike-you aren't wrenching from there-the bolt will loosen counter clock-wise
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