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Old 11-04-2012, 12:29 PM   #1
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Rear brake reservoir, a few questions, seeking opinions!

Bike is down for the season, replacing tail fairing so I have easy access to the reservoir. I see a lot of people delete them, however I'm curious as to if there's a function or an appearance thing? Appearance isn't a worry here as it's an '04 and hidden within the fairing with that sweet cooling vent!

So that said, I'm thinking about swapping fluid, see a lot of people use the blue fluid, this recommended? With 17k shall I just do pads too and chalk this up as a brake service? I enjoy preventative maintenance especially while things are already apart.

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check the pads & see how much braking material is left on them, there will be markers that show when you should change them. if the pads have plenty of life left in them then don't change them unless you really want to. I usually change my fluid & pads together so that everything is fresh, but thats me.

rear reservoir delete mod is mostly appearance with a small amount of weight reduction I suppose. I like the look myself
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The delete is mostly done for looks. I did the CRF450 conversion and it had the added benefit of reducing the rear brake pressure just a little. It makes it less likely to lock the rear wheel, I love the way it feels now!
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I've heard of people alternating between the regular and blue fluids because they could tell when the brakes are bled by the color change.


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Old 11-04-2012, 12:56 PM   #4
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check the pads & see how much braking material is left on them, there will be markers that show when you should change them. if the pads have plenty of life left in them then don't change them unless you really want to. I usually change my fluid & pads together so that everything is fresh, but thats me.

rear reservoir delete mod is mostly appearance with a small amount of weight reduction I suppose. I like the look myself
Haven't bothered looking at pads, I agree with the pads/fluid thing, can't cost too much for pads and if I'm doing one...might as well do the other and know it's good to know for x,xxx miles. Granted I don't see the look being too drastic, removing the tail fairing for something silly makes me think the delete is worth such.

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The delete is mostly done for looks. I did the CRF450 conversion and it had the added benefit of reducing the rear brake pressure just a little. It makes it less likely to lock the rear wheel, I love the way it feels now!
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I've heard of people alternating between the regular and blue fluids because they could tell when the brakes are bled by the color change.


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Thanks, that conversion looks awesome!
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:05 PM   #5
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Found the parts for delete laid out nicely here-
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I did this, get these parts from your local honda dealer since ordering online would make shipping expensive, unless you use hondapowersportsparts.com which is 10 miles from my house!

Anyway HRC kit parts needed are:
17370-419-700 for the plug on the tube
95002-02120 is the clip to hold the plug in place
reuse your clamp from the old tube instead of buying the HRC one
Get the tygon 2075 tube from http://kurveygirl.com/shop/index.php...8fe7d695d9c11f I think i got the 8 mm one

You can reuse the elbow joint if you wanna hide it behind the brake line if you are making a short one, if you want it like in the pictures in the thread you posted get this part from Honda too: 43503-MB2-006 which is the straight elbow joint
Also looks like the Tygon part # is now 5103K35 -
http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/118/123/=k0ppeu

Going to think it over!
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G craft reservoir option bolts right into the master Cylinder
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did the 15cc brembo delete.. like 16bucks shipped. area looks cleaner
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Found the parts for delete laid out nicely here-


Also looks like the Tygon part # is now 5103K35 -
http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/118/123/=k0ppeu

Going to think it over!
Cheaper option for sure I did that to Miss O'Seven when I took some of the mods off and sold it still looked good and brakes functioned normal
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G craft reservoir option bolts right into the master Cylinder


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I didn't do mine for looks even though It does look awesome. The race tails on these bikes are a major pain in the ass to get off. When I changed bodywork last winter, I took the stock one out, cut a section out of the tray to assist cooling to the exhaust instead of having a reservoir that you can't fill without the tail section off. I ended up putting a brembo 15cc res with tygon tubing. So much happier with it now, it was a pain in the ass for sure. I would recommend ANY short rear reservoir on the 03-04 models. 05+ guys I'd say do it for looks as there isn't any reason to that I could possibly think of. Weight savings...that's funny.
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That carbon is amazing!

Yeah with mine being an '04 I'm hesitant to dump a lot of money into this down season, as I think I may ride it next year than over winter '13 pick up a newer RR!
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I didn't do mine for looks even though It does look awesome. The race tails on these bikes are a major pain in the ass to get off. When I changed bodywork last winter, I took the stock one out, cut a section out of the tray to assist cooling to the exhaust instead of having a reservoir that you can't fill without the tail section off. I ended up putting a brembo 15cc res with tygon tubing. So much happier with it now, it was a pain in the ass for sure. I would recommend ANY short rear reservoir on the 03-04 models. 05+ guys I'd say do it for looks as there isn't any reason to that I could possibly think of. Weight savings...that's funny.
Using the 45 degree Brembo reservoir?

Also what was a pain in the ass? Sounds like you went the route I'm leaning towards.
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also to note. i used the stock tubing, just trimmed it down short enough to where it'll support itself. and yes 45degrees on an 05
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Using the 45 degree Brembo reservoir?

Also what was a pain in the ass? Sounds like you went the route I'm leaning towards.
Yup 45 degrees, then I just mounted it to the clip on the plastic exhaust heat shield. It has a little bracket with a few bolts, normally meant for the front brake master cylinder. Some guys will bolt it to the heel plate, but I wanted the hose a bit longer so I don't need to refill the thing all the time. EDIT: what's a pain in the ass is having to take off a race tail just to fill the stock res up. It's no longer a problem. I couldn't tell you if it's any easier with the street fairings though.
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Street tail had me uncomfortable flexing when removing, sad part didn't care as I'm replacing, definitely nervous to install the new freshly painted one now!

Thanks for the quick advice, going to order up that reservoir and do fluid and pads while there.
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I did it purely for looks.....I removed the rear pegs, FE, solo cowl etc....and the reservoir looked plain out of place and ugly.

If it's not a cosmetic problem for you though, I see no reason at all too remove it.
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