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    anyone know how to build hydrolic brake lines for a bike disker? i want to do stainless braided if possible. if not, i'll have to buy from honda. i think those will be too long though. so, anyone here know where to get the parts, and or have any advice for building them??

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    im putting clipons onto my 350/2 and converting to a cb 750 disk front. i'll have to shorten the brake lines since they would normally go a bit further from the caliper. the idea is to use something premade. so i found in the dennis kirk catalog some precut lengths of brake line with screw on fittings for the nipples. they come in straight through, 90 degree and various offsets. the problem is that none of them are short enough to use with the stock brake light switch. (located on the lower clamp right beneath the stem) a must have since im a front braker. then i see on the page that there are what looks like brake light switches that screw into the end of your master cylander in the line of the brake, just like the stock one just in a different place. so i guess i could bypass the switch on the lower clamp and just go from the master cylander. i guess my question now is, can i run the entire length from the cylander to the caliper with the new switch installed at the top instead of the middle. has anyone done this?? seems like racers would bypass the switch all together and and just go from lever to brake. anyway, anyone have any experiance with using one of these setups?? does all of this sound on the money? just looking for opinions.

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    there's a place that specializes in stainless fittings and brake lines but I can't remember the name. the uscra listers would probably be able to come up with a name. I'm pretty sure you could buy whatever length you need and the fittings. I've seen the ones in DK before but never looked at lengths etc. also don't know about ...wait, earl's fittings. I knew it would come to me. Never used them but they're pretty well known. http://www.themotorweb.com.au/Earls/
    don't know about those switches you mentioned though. I'd probably just use the stock one and make lines to fit.


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    earls, pretty site. neato stuff. my other post never showed up. weird.


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    quote:
    anyone know how to build hydrolic brake lines for a bike disker? i want to do stainless braided if possible. if not, i'll have to buy from honda. i think those will be too long though. so, anyone here know where to get the parts, and or have any advice for building them??

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    Hey Joe,
    Goodridge lines are the way to go, different lengths available with a common end, and you purchase the banjo fittings for your application separately.
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    Joe,
    The location of a hydraulic type brake switch won't matter. The hydraulic pressure in the line between the master cylinder and the caliper is always the same throughout it's entire length. I'm in the process of building lines for my new dual disc set-up (Thanks Aaron)on my 79 Bonneville Cafe bike and have found a local hose supplier that carries everything needed (braided hose, banjo fittings, pressure switches, etc.)at reasonable prices. The shop here will build them to your specs or sell you all the pieces to do it yourself. Check you local phone book under hydraulic hose or supplies.
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    yeah, i figurd that. i wasnt sure if i wanted to start fooling around with hydrolic pressures and brakes on my motorcycle. id love to see a shot of your front end when youre done with it. i was thinking about trying a dual disk setup. i think hondas came with them on both legs at various times. it sounds like searching for the imaginary creature though. ive also been offered a brembo caliper, which could look very cool up there. eh, we'll see how all of this pans out. i was thinking master cyl, brkae switch, line all of the way to the caliper. so like a 30" hose. seems like the easiest way. and ive seen the stuff precut and ready to go. anyway....thanks.


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    Joe, Long time no see. I have an answer to your question about SS lines. Parts Unlimited is a cataloge of motorcycle parts all Motorcycle dealers use, If you give them the size and fitting angles you need your done..


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    thanks for all of the answers. i think i have it straightened out. brets answer was definitely one of the ones i was looking for. i think i have an idea for something that will work. i'll keep you all posted on how it works out, when i finally get around to doing it.


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