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    Fitting new Hel braided lines
    on: 10 Feb 24, 11:52:51
    10 Feb 24, 11:52:51
    Hi all,
     Next week i am committing to finally fit the Hel lines i bought a year ago..
    What with family and work stuff and all, never seem to get the time!

    Looks fairly straight forward enough to me.... i think  :034:
    Im fairly competent with mechanics, servicing my own cars and bikes is no issue. Ive removed and rebuilt callipers on cars and one or two bikes in the past.

    However, has anyone fitted braided to theirs and have any tricks or tips to share here?
    Any special tools needed ? (always looking for an excuse to buy a new shiny tool  :745:)

    My concern at the moment, as i don't do this sort of stuff regularly enough, is over or under tightening banjo's and connection blocks....

    Any advise appreciated.




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    Re: Fitting new Hel braided lines
    Reply #1 on: 10 Feb 24, 08:12:09
    10 Feb 24, 08:12:09
    Hi,

    It's a few years since I did mine bit from memory, the front's are easy, the rear was an absolute pig. Just awkward access, I think it's one of those where you might be lucky and feel the thread OK and get it in or it could take ages. If I were to do it again I think I would remove the foot hanger and rear master cylinder and that would make access much easier.

    I'm sure you'll be fine but good luck anyway :-)


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    Re: Fitting new Hel braided lines
    Reply #2 on: 10 Feb 24, 08:24:10
    10 Feb 24, 08:24:10
    Hey thanks Foxy, I thought that rear looks tricky. Might take off the rear wheel to help a little.

    Do you remember any bleeding routine or issues?

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    Re: Fitting new Hel braided lines
    Reply #3 on: 10 Feb 24, 08:57:51
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    I've done quite a lot of work on the brakes at various points in time including caliper seals, master cylinder piston and seals etc. Never had any big issues bleeding as such but did use a syringe initially to draw the fluid through. I always put a cable tie on the front brake over night and then tap the lines which helps expel any remaining air.

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    Re: Fitting new Hel braided lines
    Reply #4 on: 10 Feb 24, 09:53:03
    10 Feb 24, 09:53:03
    Thanks again for tips Foxy.

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    Re: Fitting new Hel braided lines
    Reply #5 on: 12 Feb 24, 06:02:31
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    Front hoses are straight forward, although if I recall correctly getting at one of the unions at right hand side of the frame is a bit tricky.   Although I did this on both my SXs, I don't remember it being a problem on the 2011 bike, but it was on my 2017 model.

    I found that he rear union is more easily accessed if you can get to it from the left hand side of the bike.  I presume that I must have taken the rear wheel off.  I think last time I did this at the same time as I replaced the rear shock, which must have made it easier.

    Don't forget there's a bleed nipple on the front master cylinder.  I might know someone that spent ages trying to bleed the front brakes before checking. 
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    Re: Fitting new Hel braided lines
    Reply #6 on: 12 Feb 24, 11:15:14
    12 Feb 24, 11:15:14
    One of my jobs I need to get done this year.

    Glad it went well and I'll be reviewing the tips when I finally pull my finger out.

    Nice one.

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    Re: Fitting new Hel braided lines
    Reply #7 on: 13 Feb 24, 12:28:44
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    *Originally Posted by burty [+]
    Front hoses are straight forward, although if I recall correctly getting at one of the unions at right hand side of the frame is a bit tricky.   Although I did this on both my SXs, I don't remember it being a problem on the 2011 bike, but it was on my 2017 model.

    I found that he rear union is more easily accessed if you can get to it from the left hand side of the bike.  I presume that I must have taken the rear wheel off.  I think last time I did this at the same time as I replaced the rear shock, which must have made it easier.

    Don't forget there's a bleed nipple on the front master cylinder.  I might know someone that spent ages trying to bleed the front brakes before checking.
    Thanks Burty.
    Just to check, the master nipple is first to bleed when system is sealed?

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    Re: Fitting new Hel braided lines
    Reply #8 on: 14 Feb 24, 06:38:03
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    *Originally Posted by Timmy_Biker [+]
    Thanks Burty.
    Just to check, the master nipple is first to bleed when system is sealed?

    I would start there yes.  I guess logically you want air at the top of the system out before bleeding at the calipers.
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