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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-11-2018, 11:15 PM
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Dot5 or dot5.1? Dot 5 is nono unless you're replacing your brake system to something made for dot5.

Dot 5.1 is compatible with dot3 or 4, and I have that now in my clutch and brakes, and works well enough.
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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-12-2018, 01:22 PM
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From what I have read and heard (and folks on here may disagree or correct me) I don't think it is recommended to go to DOT-5 in these bikes....

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Dot 3, 4, and 5.1 are all ester based fluids, just with different boiling points. Dot 5 is silicone based. If there is any residual ester fluid in your system when you add silicone base, the silicone will gel. Also, I believe dot5 will have some sort of negative impact on the seals and rubber components of an ester system. May be wrong on that last part and it's just a continuation of the gelling problem, but still, just say no to dot5.
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On my vtx 1300 I can just push the pistons in by simply pushing the caliper Towards the wheel.
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On my vtx 1300 I can just push the pistons in by simply pushing the caliper Towards the wheel.
You can do that. I generally pull the lever or press the pedal then open the bleed screw, then hold the lever or pedal down full,
then push on caliper to push the pistons in. I do not like pushing fluid up toward master cyl. If the fluid is dark it needs to be replaced.
The "knee" is a wonderful device to push on the caliper.

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