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1981 Yamaha XS650S - Project Bike #5

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by rbirkey, Aug 3, 2019.

  1. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    I think you can just lump them in with all the other Chinese stainless brake lines. These were the first low cost China brake lines I discovered, and I bought a few. Then I found them for even a few dollars cheaper on eBay so have been getting them there now. So far, all have held up fine. The only "gotcha" with the eBay lines is most all seem to have the end fittings mounted in the same plane, parallel to one another. This works great if your MC has a front mounted line, not so good if the line mounts at the end like the stock MC. Banggood used to sell some lines that had the end fittings at about 90° to one another. They worked well on the stock MC.
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  2. Paul Sutton

    Paul Sutton Still Looking Good Top Contributor

    I have often wondered what would happen if I twisted the brake line's end fitting to get the correct alignment?
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  3. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Both of my 650’s have single, un drilled , but re surfaced discs, steel braid lines ( Banggood ), new EBC brake pads, new master cylinders, and rebuilt calipers. Both bikes have very firm lever feel and can be stopped hard with just one finger on the lever.
    I should add that I also gave my rear brake a lot of attention, with new EBC shoes as well.
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  4. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    On some of the better brand name brake lines, you can rotate the end fitting to get the best angle for your application. These cheap China lines aren't like that though. They're crimped on solid so the way they come is what you're stuck with. I've often wondered why they don't build them with the ends offset maybe 45° or so, sort of a compromise between parallel and 90°. Something like that might work better in either scenario. As it stands now, a line with parallel ends mounted on a stock MC that has the line on the end puts quite a twist in it. I've done it, but I don't like it, lol.
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  5. fredintoon

    fredintoon Fred Hill, S'toon. Top Contributor

    Hi Paul,
    the aftermarket full length lines on my XS650's twinned front brakes got twisted into alignment a decade+ ago.
    Brakes still work perfectly.
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