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Surfdad

Hey Folks,  just wanted to check with everyone else.  I'm about at the 2 year mark on my FZ-07 and I'm getting ready to change the brake fluid, when I read in my manual that it's suggested to redo the internals of the calipers and master cylinder every 2 years!  The attached screen grab is from the Online Manuals website, but my hardcopy manual has the exact same verbiage.  Is anyone actually rebuilding their calipers after only 2 years, if there is no leaking, etc?

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peteinpa

Short answer.....No. Keep the fluid changed and you won't need to.

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Surfdad

Thanks peteinpa!  I was hoping that was the case.

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r1limited
On 1/2/2019 at 1:15 PM, peteinpa said:

Short answer.....No. Keep the fluid changed and you won't need to.

Dont agree, I do in principle as example if you are a causal rider few K per year, yearly bleed yes, every two years rebuild no, I agree can be much much longer.  Hard drivin canyon dancer yup rebuild every 2 or 3 years.


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Kyuzo
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Is there a good rebuild kit? Or stick to OEM parts...

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r1limited
9 minutes ago, Kyuzo said:

Is there a good rebuild kit? Or stick to OEM parts...

OEM for OEM, Upgrade = Brembo as example

 

OEM ackage will come with pistons, seals and grease.


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Kyuzo
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OEM ackage will come with pistons, seals and grease.

Wheres a good place to get the OEM kit?  Also need one for 2012 r6

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shinyribs

I disagree with the 2 year rebuild. I would consider that to be life expectancy of parts on $50 Chinese pit bikes. 

 

If you flush your fluid yearly you will easily get 8-10 years. Easily. If you ride in lots of wet and dirty places and you don't make a point of cleaning around the pistons dust seals they may go away faster, but two years is nuts IMO. I can't even kill a dust seal on a dirt bike in two years. Hell, the stock seals on my '83 CB are still holding pressure! ( though I wouldn't ride brakes that old).

 

As far as kits go, I only use oem or k&l. I've tried to use rubber bits from AllBalls several times and they never fit. The Chinese bearings they remarket are fine, but their seals are junk, and I'll stand by that.

 

 

 

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shinyribs
2 hours ago, AlbatrossCafe said:

Rebuild  the internals? What does that even mean? Machine the pistons smooth again? Replace spring clips?

It just means new seals. I've seen plenty of 30-40+ year old bikes with good, usable pistons. You'll never wear a piston out. Only corrosion from lack of periodic cleaning or poor storage will hurt them, basically. 

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r1limited
15 hours ago, shinyribs said:

If you flush your fluid yearly you will easily get 8-10 years.

Hummm

My experiance is no matter how many times you flush there will always be spuugee that forms in the calipers.  I for one rely heavily on my brakes, they are what I deem to be pretty damn inportant.  I do not disagree entirlty, but at 8 years your pushing the envelope IMO. 

15 hours ago, Kyuzo said:

Wheres a good place to get the OEM kit?  Also need one for 2012 r6

Bike bandit, Revzilla now, Etc or your local Dealer.  I picked up mine at cheapcycleparts they were $10 cheaper anywhere I could find


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