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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-09-2017, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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VTX "C" front brake and clutch hoses Longer?

I got a C riser for my 03 VTX1800 R. My front brake and clutch hoses are too short. The hose kits are really expensive. The Honda OEM hoses are cheap.

Are the C hoses are longer due to taller riser?

This would be a lot cheaper. I could just order Honda C hoses?
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Someone has got to have an alternative to spending $500 on hoses to move my bars back a few inches. Please help! I just want to change front brake and clutch hoses.
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No, there isn't. In 15 years, we've had the 2 makers I listed before and we paid %400-500 for the whole bike

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Someone has got to have an alternative to spending $500 on hoses to move my bars back a few inches. Please help! I just want to change front brake and clutch hoses.

If you want custom, you must pay, If not, leave it as is....Trust me, the words "I Just want to change to" is not cheap


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I do really appreciate everyone's opinion on this, and thank you guys for taking your time to help me with this bike! I'm not trying to argue or say anyone is wrong. I would just like to hear an explanation of why the insistence that you have to do the entire brake hose set just to make the front ones longer.

I do realize that the front calipers have a set of pistons that are controlled by the rear master cylinder.
The front master cylinder is a separate hose circuit though. Though they call this a linked brake system, it really does have two hose circuits. The ones at the front master cylinder are the only hoses that are too short. So why buy a $400-$500 set of hoses when all I need are two hoses and a Tee fitting?

I see bikes all the time with banjo bolts doubled up on the front caliper or master cylinder or Teed off at the tree for dual front brakes. The stock configuration for front brakes is just Teed off at the tree. Why not just do the same with custom hoses?
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No, there isn't. In 15 years, we've had the 2 makers I listed before and we paid %400-500 for the whole bike
Do you know if the C stock hoses are longer than the R hoses? The C has taller risers. Wouldn't the hose set be longer?
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Not sure on the 1800, but for the 1300 I know the R cables are longer than C cables by about 2". Personally I would spend the money to buy correct cables and not piece it together. I put different bars on my bike and bought longer stainless steel throttle, clutch, and brake. The 1300 uses a mechanical clutch unlike the 1800 so only the brake was actually a fluid line. Brakes are critical and deserve a higher level of consideration. The life you save might very well be your own.
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Why? Because of the Honda Linked Braking System. That and the fact that Honda makes the system as one piece and uses compression fittings clamped onto the hoses and not banjo bolts. So, you can't just remove one hose, it's all or nothing.

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I ordered some C hoses from Honda. They are a different part number than the R hoses. I'm hoping they are longer. It was less than $100 for the front brake hose and the clutch hose. I may do the whole set in stainless braided eventually.

Thanks for all the help guys! Much appreciated!
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Not sure on the 1800, but for the 1300 I know the R cables are longer than C cables by about 2". Personally I would spend the money to buy correct cables and not piece it together. I put different bars on my bike and bought longer stainless steel throttle, clutch, and brake. The 1300 uses a mechanical clutch unlike the 1800 so only the brake was actually a fluid line. Brakes are critical and deserve a higher level of consideration. The life you save might very well be your own.
I ordered some new C hoses from Honda based on this. They where cheap. Hopefully they are like the C cables and are a little longer.

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