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Hey Guys,

I just picked up a 2011 dl650 ABS and i noticed that the front brake feels super squishy compared to my old bike that had ss lines. I put on ss lines on my old non ABS bike and it was fairly easy. I was wondering if there is anything different with an ABS bike. Can i just buy the lines (custom made at a reputable shop) and put them on front and rear?

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Bleeding ABS can be a witch. The front brakes on my GSXS were spongy and very disappointing when brand new, but didn't seem to be the lines. When I would work the brake I could see little bubbles come up in the reservoir. Long story short, I bled a whole bottle of brake fluid through it, then tied down the lever for a while. Finally got them where they're acceptable.
 

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Answer is "Yes" & "No". Because of the ABS hard plumbing the new stainless steel line comes off of the handlebar down to a metal block connecting it to the ABS system, and that is above the radiator (should loosen the block to get room to properly wrench). Then the other stainless steel line comes off that same metal block down to the caliper, you need a ss cross-over line to the other caliper.

I didn't have any problems bleeding the fronts. I didn't do the back yet but I assume it will be easier. I recently bought speed bleeders to make the process easier since changing brake fluid is part of routine maintenance.

I have a KLR and an old R100 BMW and those lines run directly from point "A" to "B". Nothing could be simpler.

Before buying, take into account if you want to raise the handlebars or the front fender as some / many have done especially us off-road types, and add 1"-2" where needed.
 
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