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I see some brake work in my future.
Bought new pads for the 79 XS1100. This time I will keep the packages with the part numbers. Some places like MikesXS did not differentiate the Special from the Standard. The front pads are unique to the Special. I contacted EBC and got the correct part numbers. It is a fiddle installing the pads, so I will undo the brake hoses and let them drain out. I can check the sealing washers as well. Then there will be fresh fluid in the lines. It takes a long time to bleed both calipers.

On the XS400, the lever feels hard, and the braking is not very good. The pads disengage, which is a good sign. I will bleed it and maybe squeeze out the piston for an inspection.

When was the last time we all changed the brake fluid? Too long for most of us I suspect. As a side note. I find that the correct lube on the pistons works best.
Sorry for the five syllable word above. Wheelbarrow is usually my biggest.

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Looks like you found a substitute word just fine UK. Sometimes I wonder about the language filters. They allow some and not others and makes no sense why the difference. PG13 should allow some but don't. It is easier not to try and let it do it's thing and everyone fill in the blanks sometimes.
 

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If you don't bleed then no one will believe you worked on the bike........oh.......wait a minute............you meant the brakes.
 

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I don't remember when I last changed the brake (and clutch) juice, but it's okay, I wrote it down in the little book I keep in the saddle bag. :)
 

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I don't remember when I last changed the brake (and clutch) juice, but it's okay, I wrote it down in the little book I keep in the saddle bag. :)
One of my resolutions, after building a new shed for the bikes, is to keep more accurate records.

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When was the last time we all changed the brake fluid? Too long for most of us I suspect. As a side note. I find that the correct lube on the pistons works best.
Sorry for the five syllable word above. Wheelbarrow is usually my biggest.

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June of 2018.
That means I'm one month late about changing the brake fluid.
I change it once a year (or more) depending on or, regardless of mileage. Thanks for reminding me to check my records, UK. :thumbsup:
I see it's time to change the coolant too, been two years for that.
 
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