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Offline kevski

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Re: CB400 - Front Brake Bleeding.
« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2018, 09:01:43 AM »
Do the ptfe tape bit this will stop air getting in around the nipple, and keep the reservoir topped up whilst bleeding, pull the lever slow nipping up the nipple just before the lever reaches the bars, this will work, i have never used an auto bleeder and don't see the need to ever use one.

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Re: CB400 - Front Brake Bleeding.
« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2018, 07:24:41 PM »
+1 on using PTFE tape.  It also prevents bimetallic corrosion.
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Re: CB400 - Front Brake Bleeding.
« Reply #17 on: February 09, 2018, 08:43:33 AM »

Thanks guys will pick some up tomorrow!

Offline gtmdriver

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Re: CB400 - Front Brake Bleeding.
« Reply #18 on: February 09, 2018, 09:25:25 PM »
It is possible that you are pulling the lever too far, past its normal travel when you are trying to bleed it. if this is the case, particularly if you are pulling the lever all the way to the grip,  you'll never do it, ask me how I know.

I'm pretty sure there is a service bulletin that advises you to tape a suitable object to the grip, to stop the lever from travelling further than it should.

The rear disc on my Sportster can only be bled using 'baby steps' - if you push the pedal to far, even just once, the piston sticks in a part of the bore it never normally sees, and you are fecked until you take it to bits again. I learned this the hard way, too :(

I have a copy of the service bulletin and it basically tells you to tape a 15mm spacer between the lever and the grip to prevent the seal on the piston in the master cylinder travelling too far and uncovering a port which can allow fluid into the wrong side of the seal.

How big are the bubbles you are seeing in the fluid coming through?

Air in the system shows up as large bubbles in the fluid. If you are getting lots of tiny bubbles then that is more likely to be cavitation of the fluid as it is squeezed through the small apertures at high pressure.

You can prevent air entering the system around the bleed nipple simply by closing the nipple at the end of each pressure stroke.

When I rebuilt the system on my 350F it didn't seem to bleed all that effectively leaving me with a soft feel to the lever and too much free movement but a couple of days later the free travel had disappeared and the lever feel was solid.

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Re: CB400 - Front Brake Bleeding.
« Reply #19 on: February 09, 2018, 10:48:44 PM »
Is this the Service Bulletin you are looking for?

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Re: CB400 - Front Brake Bleeding.
« Reply #20 on: February 10, 2018, 07:54:59 AM »
I didn't know any of that.  Thanks for sharing.   I'm now older and wiser than I was yesterday.
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Re: CB400 - Front Brake Bleeding.
« Reply #21 on: February 11, 2018, 09:48:20 PM »
I bought a gunson easybleed like what you used to use in the 70s and I have drilled a few spare caps to fit various bikes. It works all the time with no mess, its just a bottle with fluid it is pressured with a hose which has a toggle the same as a foot pumpthat you put on the valve of a spare wheel with about 20 psi in it, another hose which goes to the bottom of the bottle so it is in the fluid with the other end fitted to your cap which you have drilled. you just pressurise the system put a bit of tube over the bleed nipple and crack it open it forces all the air and dirty fluid out, close the nipple, disconnect the pipe from the spare wheel or whatever you used and refit your original cap. It is also good for replacing old fluid .

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Re: CB400 - Front Brake Bleeding.
« Reply #22 on: February 12, 2018, 10:20:16 AM »

Very interesting ... yes big bubbles in the resevoir that push fluid out of the res , I think I was pulling the lever too much!

Its getting much better now.. almost a hard lever.

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Re: CB400 - Front Brake Bleeding.
« Reply #23 on: February 12, 2018, 08:51:30 PM »
try putting a cable tie round the lever with it pulled tight and leave it overnight sometimes this lets the bubbles find their way up the pipe.

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Re: CB400 - Front Brake Bleeding.
« Reply #24 on: February 13, 2018, 08:18:30 AM »
Actually Ogri I ended up doing that and was much better... thanks all we got there in the end, just some persistence and I learned something thanks!