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Consult the manual for proper fluid change and bleeding procedures (section 15)
Consult the manual for proper fluid change and bleeding procedures (section 15)
Have a sponge and some soapy water nearby in case you are a klutz like me and always spill some brake fluid
Have a sponge and some soapy water nearby in case you are a klutz like me and always spill some brake fluid
Here is a look at the Mity Vac bleeder. you can by them for about $35 at most auto parts stores
Here is a look at the Mity Vac bleeder. you can by them for about $35 at most auto parts stores
I simply made a small hole in a plastic bag and then stretched it over my master cylinder.
I simply made a small hole in a plastic bag and then stretched it over my master cylinder.
Then I covered the rest of the bike, just in case.  Brake fluid will ruin paint. Wipe it off immediatly if you spill any.
Then I covered the rest of the bike, just in case. Brake fluid will ruin paint. Wipe it off immediatly if you spill any.
Take out the two screws and remove the lid.
Take out the two screws and remove the lid.
Then pull out the plastic piece.
Then pull out the plastic piece.
And remove the rubber seal
And remove the rubber seal
I guess this is some sort of floating indicator
I guess this is some sort of floating "indicator"
lift it out too.
lift it out too.
Now draw out the old fluid with the Mity Vac
Now draw out the old fluid with the Mity Vac
Mity Vac sucking out old fluid
Mity Vac sucking out old fluid
I left a bit in the bottom so that no air could get into the master cylinder.
I left a bit in the bottom so that no air could get into the master cylinder.
Here is a look at the color of the old fluid
Here is a look at the color of the old fluid
New Castrol DOT 4 fluid in a sealed bottle.  I used almost the whole thing by the time I was done.
New Castrol DOT 4 fluid in a sealed bottle. I used almost the whole thing by the time I was done.
Notice the color of the new fluid. Be careful not to spill any
Notice the color of the new fluid. Be careful not to spill any
I set the lid back on to keep moisture from the air from getting into the fluid.
I set the lid back on to keep moisture from the air from getting into the fluid.
I had to add a smaller diameter hose to the Mity Vac so it would fit on the end of the bleeder valve
I had to add a smaller diameter hose to the Mity Vac so it would fit on the end of the bleeder valve
Here I open the right UPPER valve and begin drawing out the old fluid. Monitor the master cylinder and keep it full
Here I open the right UPPER valve and begin drawing out the old fluid. Monitor the master cylinder and keep it full
The old fluid came out of the right caliper really dark
The old fluid came out of the right caliper really dark
I continued to draw until I got clear fluid. This required me to refill the master cylinder 3 or 4 times.
I continued to draw until I got clear fluid. This required me to refill the master cylinder 3 or 4 times.
Next I did the left side LOWER valve, and refilled the master cyclinder 2 more times.
Next I did the left side LOWER valve, and refilled the master cyclinder 2 more times.
Now I removed the old fluid from the rear master cylinder with the Mity Vac
Now I removed the old fluid from the rear master cylinder with the Mity Vac
And reflled with fresh fluid. Note shop rags in place to catch spills
And reflled with fresh fluid. Note shop rags in place to catch spills
Next I drew fluid out the left front calipers UPPER valve until it flowed clear
Next I drew fluid out the left front calipers UPPER valve until it flowed clear
And then I moved to the right front LOWER valve. Each time I had to refill the rear cylinder twice.
And then I moved to the right front LOWER valve. Each time I had to refill the rear cylinder twice.
Now on to the rear LOWER valve, and continued to refill and monitor the rear master cyclinder reservoir
Now on to the rear LOWER valve, and continued to refill and monitor the rear master cyclinder reservoir
Here I tried, unsucessfully to bleed the anti-dive valve. I couldn't get any fluid to come out.
Here I tried, unsucessfully to bleed the anti-dive valve. I couldn't get any fluid to come out.
I couldn't even get fluid out the anti dive valve when squeezing on the brakes. Go figure.
I couldn't even get fluid out the anti dive valve when squeezing on the brakes. Go figure.
Last was the rear UPPER valve. To get fluid out of it, I had to manually bleed by pushing on the rear brake pedal.
Last was the rear UPPER valve. To get fluid out of it, I had to manually bleed by pushing on the rear brake pedal.
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