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    Mean Streak - Bleeding Clutch/Brake Lines

    Hey,
    I'm in the process of changing the handlebars on my Mean Streak to some with a little higher set. I mounted the new set of bars, and flipped the old set upside down to get it out of the way. Now, I mounted the clutch side controls to the new bars, and my clutch lever has no resistance, so I'm assuming I will need to bleed the line. I will probably have to do the same with the front brake line. Is this a major flub up, or is it relatively easy to do this? I feel like an idiot for messing up, and I hope I didn't create a ton of work for myself.

    Thanks

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    What year is your bike and when was the last time you changed fluids? Should be done every two years. I use a vacuum pump from Harbor freight to do mine. Speedbleeders are nice to have as well. Just follow the instructions in the service manual and be very careful with the brake fluid. It will melt plastic and ruin other parts.
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    +1 on the vacuum pump. Does a great job on brakes and clutch. I used mine to suck the system dry and then to pull plenty of fresh DOT 4 through the system to flush it out. The brake calipers were full of all sorts of sludgy crap. To do both brakes and the clutch it probably took me about 30 minutes. Still looks fresh and clean after nearly two years!

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    Thanks for the replies. My bike is an '02. I have owned it for about half a year. The previous owner is a friend of mine, and owned it since new. I have no idea if he ever changed the fluid. Also, I had my fork seals replaced late last year. Would the clutch and brake have been bled then? Also, my front brake has a pulsing feeling, like a rotor is warped, but the mechanic said they're straight. Could this be because I need to do a brake flush?

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    You definitely need to flush out those lines. What color is the fluid? If you say anything but clear you need to flush out those lines. If you say root beer then let's just say buy a large jug of brake fluid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Tobberman View Post
    Hey,
    I'm in the process of changing the handlebars on my Mean Streak to some with a little higher set. I mounted the new set of bars, and flipped the old set upside down to get it out of the way. Now, I mounted the clutch side controls to the new bars, and my clutch lever has no resistance, so I'm assuming I will need to bleed the line. I will probably have to do the same with the front brake line. Is this a major flub up, or is it relatively easy to do this? I feel like an idiot for messing up, and I hope I didn't create a ton of work for myself.

    Thanks
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    I replaced the stock lines with Braided stainless about 2 weeks ago. I purchased speed bleeders and the job was smooth. The front lines took about 45 minutes, to install the lines and then bleed everything. The rear was a little more time consuming. If you do the rear, make sure you get both bleeder valves. I bled the brakes on a sportster manually yesterday and the speed bleeders are well worth the money. It will cost ya about 30 bucks for the speedbleeders.
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    Hey,
    Thanks again for the help. The brake does not need bleeding I guess, and the clutch seems fine. I pumped the clutch lever several times, and I could hear the air moving, and now it feel fine. I'll find out when I take the bike out for a ride.

    Thanks

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