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post #11 of 20 Old 07-25-2017, 04:30 PM
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Hmmm i hadnt looked closely enough at HRC's package apparently and assumed it was Tygon. At any rate im hunting down tygon when the time comes no matter who it comes from. So the HRC kit on Ebay is NOT tygon?? Hmph!

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Sounds like that Capn!Ive drilled the hole and will keep my eye on any weeping!hopefully with it being able to breath it might help


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The problem with HRC tubing is that it sweats brake fluid. It literally is semi-permeable tubing that lets the fluid seep out of microscopic pores in the tubing and it will continue to do so until it gets old and brittle and then doesn't work properly at all. Back when all the HRC bikes used it the first things a technician did when handling the bike would be to wipe the tubing with the rag they always had in their hands...

Most people don't realize it, but brake fluid reservoirs are vented which is how they get moisture into the hygroscopic brake fluid which in turn requires the fluid to be changed at regular intervals to retain its effectiveness. The water absorbed into the fluid can be turned into vapor with excessive heat and then you get the dreaded brake fade we have all experienced. When you use a kit like that with a solid plug it can create pressure issues and improper operation of the braking system if not maintained attentively. Granted the rear is generally used a lot less than the front, but it can certainly happen.

Tygon tubing is a much better choice for that type of reservoir.
I was pretty annoyed to find out I paid so much for a plug and a hose clamp because that tubing got thrown in the garbage after two weeks.
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Oz, your bike looks brand new.
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Actually Scout it drives me crazy after I have been for a ride!because we live in the bush/country we have 2 kilometres of dirt road before we hit Bitumen!it takes me hours to get my bike looking ok again!fkg dust gets into everything and is a pia


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Thats crazy Pete! Thats the reason i wont ride in the rain! Just too much cleaning and that shit drives me nuts...but mostly because im getting lazy about cleaning these days lol.

- Was looking at that place too or10r....a piece of that, clamp, plug and some electrical tape to keep the sun out maybe and yer set.
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The problem with HRC tubing is that it sweats brake fluid. It literally is semi-permeable tubing that lets the fluid seep out of microscopic pores in the tubing and it will continue to do so until it gets old and brittle and then doesn't work properly at all. Back when all the HRC bikes used it the first things a technician did when handling the bike would be to wipe the tubing with the rag they always had in their hands...
...wish I could like this twice. I made my own out of some poly tubing I had lying around for anodizing stuff. I figured, "hey, works for sulfuric acid, sooo..." but it sweats exactly like LDH is talking about..... and the tubing is getting softer and softer as time goes on.

It's a great trick if you don't mind changing it every couple weeks, but definitely not a No-Maintenance mod.

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been there done that, the Honda tubing part number 43503-nx4-000 in the "kits", sweats, and is worthless.

as or10r stated, contact kurveygirl, and get REAL TYGON TUBING.

you can use it for the reservoir mod, and for replacing the tubing from the front master, to the reservoir as well. I keep several feet of both sizes on hand, in clear, for just such an emergency. :D Ski

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