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Jun 10th 2020, 04:17 PM   #1
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  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

  Honda VFR800, Husqvarna TE 610, Suzuki VStrom 650
Question New brake seal advice needed

I'm rebuilding the brake calipers on my VFR and had a minor question- should I just coat the new seals with fluid once they're in the grooves or should I coat them thoroughly first, then install them in the grooves? Probably doesn't matter either way, but I'm curious of opinions. If possible, I'd love to see manufacturer recommendations if you know where to find it. I certainly couldn't.

Surprisingly with 70,000 miles on the clock the caliper grooves and seals looked remarkably good but it's a job I've never done before and the fluid desperately needs to be flushed anyway. That's my biggest fear on this bike with the linked brakes. In for a penny, in for a pound.
Jun 10th 2020, 05:24 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
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  Honda VFR800, Husqvarna TE 610, Suzuki VStrom 650
Dellboy says no need for coating the entire seal beginning at 16:00


Ari says coat the seal entirely beginning at 4:05


Old english dude at professional brake company coats the entire seal with red grease beginning at :30
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Jun 10th 2020, 05:50 PM   #3
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you don't want to put them in dry...
Jun 10th 2020, 06:49 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by chadams66
you don't want to put them in dry...
[Insert joke] that's what she said...
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Jul 8th 2020, 04:27 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
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  Honda VFR800, Husqvarna TE 610, Suzuki VStrom 650
Got this all back together recently and the brakes are fantastic. Honestly though, I think the simple fluid change had a much bigger effect on the feel of the brakes than anything else. As mentioned above, the seals looked fantastic, along with the pistons and replacing the fluid gave me much better feel at the lever. Unfortunately, just not to the level of the Brembo's on my Hypermotard, but I can't expect that. I also found out that bleeding the linked brake system wasn't nearly as scary as I expected it to be. Relatively simple, but more tedious than a simple front/back arrangement and another experience/job that I now know how to do. Pics later today or tomorrow.

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