How to flush and bleed brakes and clutch
Here's it is quick and dirty;
- put the bike on a lift, take a bungee cord from one peg spacer looped thru the front wheel, to the other peg spacer. this keeps the bars from flopping and spilling fluid everywhere.
- put lots of shop towels on the tank and front fender. have a roll paper towels handy to clean up any dropped fluid.
- remove large lh chrome cover, the one with 8-10 allen head bolts. you'll see the bleeder screw.
- remove the clutch resevoir cover, and float, and set on a clean towel.
- attach the vacum hose, one of the angled adapters will fit.
- pump up the vacuum, then break open the bleader and let some of the old fluid bleed out.
- keep an eye on the level in the resevoir, dont drain it dry, easy to do.
- refill resevoir as needed.
- repeat process until fluid comes out clear.
- top off resevoir.
- cinch down the bleader and bolt everything back together. make sure to clean up any fluid that may have leaked out.
- remove the front brake resevoir cover, set the cover and float on a clean towel.
- do the same thing above, but start with the left side caliper, top bleeder first, then the right side top bleeder.
- when fluid is clean, then do the right side caliper top bleeder.
NOTE: you'll probably find the front calipers have different sized hex bleeders, 10MM and 8MM. If so, you will need to wrap a little teflon thread tape around the thread of the 8MM to get a good vacuum.
- remove the rear brake resevoir bolt, put black cover aside, put bolt back in to secure resevoir to frame, doesnt have to be tight, just to keep it put.
- do the same thing above, but start with the left side caliper, bottom bleeder first, then the right side caliper bottom bleeder.
- then bleed the rear brake caliper.
- make sure you keep an eye on the resevoir level at all times and dont drain it down.
Last update: 2004-10-29 10:22