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Old 12-20-2011, 08:14 PM
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Default How To Change Brake Fluid?

Can someone please give me a 'how-to' on changing brake fluid on a non-ABS bike?

Is this a one man job?

Is there a preferred type of brake fluid to use?

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Old 12-20-2011, 08:33 PM
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Need to read your manual to see what type of fluid to use, my 2012 Ultra uses Dot 4, but have no idea what your bike uses.

Get yourself a service manual and buy a Mity Vac Bleeder.

Very easy job, especially on a non ABS bike.

Basically, you hook up the Mity Vac to the Calipers at the Bleed Screw. The Mity Vac creates a vacuum. Remove the Lid from the Master Cylinder. Have a helper keep filling the Master Cylinder with fresh fluid while you suck the old fluid from the Calipers with the Mity Vac. DO NOT let the Master Cylinder run dry or you'll introduce air into the system. If it happens, it's not the end of the world, but just makes the job harder than it needs to be.

When you see fresh fluid coming from the Calipers, you're done. Fill the Master Cylinder to the "Full" level and button everything back up.
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:40 PM
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Did mine the old shcool way on my '06.
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:28 PM
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Need to read your manual to see what type of fluid to use, my 2012 Ultra uses Dot 4, but have no idea what your bike uses.

Get yourself a service manual and buy a Mity Vac Bleeder.

Very easy job, especially on a non ABS bike.

Basically, you hook up the Mity Vac to the Calipers at the Bleed Screw. The Mity Vac creates a vacuum. Remove the Lid from the Master Cylinder. Have a helper keep filling the Master Cylinder with fresh fluid while you suck the old fluid from the Calipers with the Mity Vac. DO NOT let the Master Cylinder run dry or you'll introduce air into the system. If it happens, it's not the end of the world, but just makes the job harder than it needs to be.

When you see fresh fluid coming from the Calipers, you're done. Fill the Master Cylinder to the "Full" level and button everything back up.
I have both the Mity-Vac & Service Manual.

If I had a long enough hose going from the Mity-Vac to the caliper, could it be a one man job?

Will there be a definite difference in color between the old & new brake fluid?

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Old 12-20-2011, 09:34 PM
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the older fluid is usually more "golden" in color.

the dirtiest part of the fluid is in the line near the caliper.

mike
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:41 PM
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You could cheat and use a turkey baster. You would prob only get 60 percent of the old fluid, but....its better than nothing.
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:22 PM
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Where can you buy the mity vacs?
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:25 PM
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Anyone try this with just SpeedBleeders instead of the Mity Vac?
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:30 PM
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Where can you buy the mity vacs?
Start at www.mityvac.com. But which model is best for use with the Harley?

TIA
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:01 PM
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Where can you buy the mity vacs?

Harbor Freight for one place
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