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I have searched a few weeks ago and have not had time to post since then, but I am having issues with the brake lever having quite a bit of take up before the brakes catch. Id say it grabs about 7/8" to 1" before the handle. Its on setting 2 , 1 being most aggressive. I read that calipers could be a cause of this. They are not spongy (like air in the lines) The bike has only 2,6xx miles on it. The pads are less than 25% worn (have lots of life left). It brakes fine its just the lever seems to have too much travel before stopping the bike. Any ideas?
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This is on my 07' 10R
 

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How about a less expensive solution, my buddies R6 has awesome lever feel so I am looking into its compatibility.
 

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zx-14 or zx-6r Nissin Calipers....direct swap....should be able to ebay some for $150 or so. It's not the Mastercylinder that the problem....its the calipers.
 

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zx-14 or zx-6r Nissin Calipers....direct swap....should be able to ebay some for $150 or so. It's not the Mastercylinder that the problem....its the calipers.
Ya the 2nd gen m/c is pretty good(Thanks again Photodigm1), far better then the crap they put on the'05!
 

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Yes...but 1 finger braking with the Tokico calipers?

Master cylinder to help a little......$300

Calipers to make a night and day difference.....$150

The guy already stated that the M/C is to high...
 

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The brake pads have a lot to do with this and they don't have to be worn down to bare metal to cause trouble. If they are worn "tapered" - which tends to happen because of the loading conditions on the brake pads - it will lead to mushy feel. Been there ...
 

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Radial M/C from a 07-09 zx6r/06-09 zx10r or any zx14 MC, does help. But the cure was the calipers..... any year zx14 or 07-08 zx6r calipers are the SHIT!!!!. I finally got the 1 finger stops that I wanted!!
 

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http://www.zx-10r.net/forum/showthread.php?t=60215&highlight=brakes+fixed

Everything you could possibly want to know is here.

Long story short, the MC might help, but it's really the calipers that suck. I think ZX14 and some ZX6 calipers are direct bolt ons (again, see link). Concours calipers work too, I hear.

I got a set of '06 CBR1000RR calipers (ebay, $60 shipped) and some 5mm spacers, and I can brake pretty darn strong with 1 finger. No need for a $400 master cylinder. The improvement over the stock calipers is huge.
 

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Anyone remember if the older 6r calipers were the same as the CBR 1000rr but without the need for spacers?
 

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The MC is part of it, the calipers help a lot but a new MC will only add to the braking power. 1 Finger braking now.

Yep :thumbsup: (OK not the little guys thumb, but the finger next to it). But, the master cylinder was the first thing on my 05 (and braided lines, but I feel silly mentioning that, but I'd feel bad if I didn't). Could use after market pads next, now.

There is an extremely comprehensive, reporting on brake up-grades on this site, for different usages.
 

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No, the older 6R calipers are basically the same. Get the 07+ kawi calipers, or I got CBR calipers (as did many). Your master is radial, and not that bad. I would do the calipers, then if you feel necessary get some stainless lines. Then go to the master if you're still not happy.

There are a few die hards that say the stock calipers aren't that bad, but you just need to bleed them in a specific way, and frequently. I would rather do the swap and be able to bleed them like any other caliper and not have to do it more than once a year.
 

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No, the older 6R calipers are basically the same. Get the 07+ kawi calipers, or I got CBR calipers (as did many). Your master is radial, and not that bad. I would do the calipers, then if you feel necessary get some stainless lines. Then go to the master if you're still not happy.

There are a few die hards that say the stock calipers aren't that bad, but you just need to bleed them in a specific way, and frequently. I would rather do the swap and be able to bleed them like any other caliper and not have to do it more than once a year.
:+1: be sure to stay away from the 06-07 zx10r calipers... tried them also... CRAP!!!! also...
The zx6r 07-08' are perfect for my everyday riding and backroad curving.
If it don't say "NISSIN" don't buy it...
1 pic.. stock 05' zx10r Tokico calipers,no good, 2nd pic.. stock 07' zx10r Tokico calipers, no good.. 3rd pic.. stock zx6r 08" Nissin caliper,perfect!!!
 

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I got stainless lines (free, actually) and put some HH pads on, and made a helluva difference. looking around for cbr calipers though. still got more travel than I like, but 2 fingers brings up the rear tire.
 
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