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Braided brake lines - are they worth it??

Hi all,

I have a 2003 954 'Blade and Im thinking about putting some braided brake lines on. I have managed to find two different types.....Goodridge and HEL.
From the website details, HEL seems to be the better brand of the two although they are slighlty more expensive!

My questions is......will the braided brake lines make much of a difference? Is it worth spending the money??
Also,does anyone have any experience of either Goodridge or HEL braided brake lines, if so which is best??

All comments and opinions greatfully received!

Many thanks,

JD
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Re: Braided brake lines - are they worth it??

Don't have experience with either brand as I am saving up for my own set, but yes, they are worth it.
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Re: Braided brake lines - are they worth it??

Both are very good brands, i allways buy Hel though, make sure you get stainless steel banjos as the cheaper ones rust very easy. i allways buy mine from a company called CMS, they are an offical Hel dealer..
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Re: Braided brake lines - are they worth it??

Nice one Steve!



Many thanks,

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Re: Braided brake lines - are they worth it??

i'm in the same boat as wyo.. saving up to get a set, but from most of the people i know, it's well worth it..
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Re: Braided brake lines - are they worth it??

You could also look at Galfers as an option I have those on my 954.
You should replace rubber lines every couple of years, as they age they soften and expand begin expanding under braking pressure thus softening braking pressure, the braided lines don't develop that problem, thus maintining a firm positive braking pressure.

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Re: Braided brake lines - are they worth it??

Definitely worth it! I have Galfers on my 929, but you can't go wrong with any of the major brands. I recommend getting a set that has one line going directly from the master to each caliper, thus eliminating the "T" junction you have on the stock lines. Most sets do this, but not all. At first I'd purchased Fren Tubos, and they retained the stock config with the T joint. Air gets trapped there. Much easier to bleed if you have one line going directly to each caliper. Also, get a bleeder bolt that goes at the master cylinder, so you can bleed it up top, also. The last time I purchased Galfers, they included this. Don't know if that's still the case.
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Re: Braided brake lines - are they worth it??

Have a set of Galfers and no problems....Bike stops great.
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Re: Braided brake lines - are they worth it??

Hi,
Since Al washers are uncommon where I live, I don't like Ti banjo bolts (they breaks easily while tightening cooper washers, if you got a matter to reassembly the lines/master cylinder).
Secondly I would not advice to use braided line for rear brake. I got one exploded under hard braking, because of high pressure pulsation, while rear wheel is jumping under the hard breaking. I like rear brake stock line capability to expand/absorb those pulses.
Just my 2cnt.
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Re: Braided brake lines - are they worth it??

I have HEL lines and theyre fe(kin brilliant, totally noticed the difference between stock and braided, definately reccomend them...

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Re: Braided brake lines - are they worth it??

as the stock rubber lines get older and you put more km's on the bike it will get a little rubbery to the braking feel. Thats when i'd do the switch ( and did mine ). your bike is a 2003 so it's about that time probably. any brake line will do IMO. Unless you're thinking track days, i wouldn't be too concerned with the brands.
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Re: Braided brake lines - are they worth it??

If you look in any owners manual they reccomend changing your brake and fuel lines every 4 years for safty. I use and sell a lot of Galfer lines and they offer a lifetime replacment warranty if the lines ever fail or brake even in a crash.
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Re: Braided brake lines - are they worth it??

I have the Galfer's with double banjo bolt. Definite improvement in stopping power, lever feel, and fade resistance.

Although I'd definitely go with a different brand next time. There are a few little things about the Galfer's that I don't like. The rubber coating over the SS braid doesn't go all the way to the bottom so it leaves an unprotected gap that kinda defeats the purpose of the coating. I'm not real thrilled with the finish on them either.
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Re: Braided brake lines - are they worth it??

I have the Goodridge lines. They are an excellent product. All the bang for less of the bucks.
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Re: Braided brake lines - are they worth it??

Spiegler, Galfer, Goodridge, Hel, they all make braided lines. No experience with the Goodridge or Hel lines, though I replaced all the Galfer aluminum banjo bolts with Goodridge steel bolts (in some cases, with bleeder screws in them).

Happy with the Spiegler kit I have on the CBR954.

UNHAPPY with the Galfer kit I have on the VFR800.
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