Join Date: May 2011
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
S/S lines installed...new Goodridge speed bleeder review
I haven't tried them out on the road yet but my brake lines arrived from Rennsport ($21.95USD + $12.00 shipping) and are now installed. The numbers they have were perfect, and it was a smooth install. I installed a Goodridge Speed Bleeder (from Motorcycle Superstore size 8x1.25) at the same time.
The one thing I can say about the lines is that they have quite a bit smaller diameter than the old lines, so they don't get held solidly by the stock rubber bushings. That's an easy enough fix.
Bleeding the new lines was easy with the speed bleeder, and I tied back the lever last night to get out the last of the air introduced when I drained the stock lines. Even without the final bleed, the feel is much better than what I had with the old rubber lines.
The finish on the lines is smooth, and the markings on the clear coat are easy to read, with the DOT approval, and date of manufacture. The copper crush washers they sent with the banjo bolts are smooth, but thinner than stock, and they seemed to conform nicely to the seats on the master cylinder and brake caliper.
The banjo bolts come thread sealed, and are not as nice as the OEM banjos, but they are coloured to match the stainless line. I prefer the finishing on the OEM banjos, as the new ones have sharp edges.
The speed bleeders: time will tell but so far they work as advertised. These also come with thread sealer, and they were pretty much plug and play. The one thing that I didn't like is that the dimensions are off a little bit from the stock bleeder nipples. The nipple is shallower, and the neck is longer. They end up being longer than stock and sticking further out from caliper. The brake line ALMOST interferes with putting a box wrench over them. I could see a little potential for snapping them off as well, but if you hit something hard enough to break the nipple off, you'll have more to worry about than extracting them.
Bleeding the brakes was super simple, with absolutely no mess. Open the bleeder a 1/2 turn, pump and add fluid at the same time until no more air came out. Done in 5 minutes.
The bleeders come two in a package for $14.00 (regular price $15.50) but they do not include rubber caps, so you'll have to reuse the stock one or source a new cap (which usually comes in a caliper rebuild package, or $6.00/2 at MCS)
The only thing I forgot to do was reinstall the brake line boot at the M/C.
Hopefully I can get some pics up soon.
'85 250 Rebel (Newt)