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Old 01-22-2010, 07:56 AM
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CBR 600 caliper swap question

ok guys i have done quite a bit of research on here and just to get this straight the cbr 600 f4i are ALMOST a direct bolt on? and does it matter the year of the cbr? or are they pretty much the same the whole way through? and also would i benefit from putting on SS lines AFTER i do the caliper swap or is that enough to anti up the brakes on the SH? one more thing if i do the caliper swap do i need a new MC to go along with it? or does the SH master make the cut?

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Old 01-22-2010, 08:06 AM
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It is a matter of degree. Each step will be incremental improvement, but as far doing the installation if you do it all (lines MC & caliper) you will only have to flush and bleed once.
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Old 01-22-2010, 08:13 AM
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I would start with the calipers, MC and brakepads. Yruyur did that and kept his stock lines and I can't tell much difference between his bike and mine with the same plus stainless lines and larger rotors.

edit: And F4i is F4i when it comes to brakes as far as I have found, no difference year to year.
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I am part way through the same swap right now, just cleaning the pistons, inspecting the seals and servicing the calipers before fitting with new EBC HH pads.
I will be using both the Caliper & MC from the F4i, but using the SS lines I already had on the standard set up.

I did some calcs of the leverage advantage that each Caliper and MC option gives, and put it on the UK Firestorm Forum....follow this link.
http://www.vtr1000.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=15494

Not sure you can see the table in the posts if you are not registered, so if thats a problem tell me and I will post on here as well

The standard MC is smaller than the F4i, so although it will work, and it will improve the hydraulic leverage ratio [which is normally a good thing], you will have much more lever travel, and this may make the brakes feel less powerfull. The extra losses from standard hoses will only make it worse.

Suggestion is to get the MC from the F4i as this will give same leverage ratio as std Superhawk, so the lever feel will be normal, but braking power will be improved by the bigger calipers and the improved pads.

After that the SS lines will be a "nice to have"
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Old 01-22-2010, 09:07 AM
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ok so what i need to do the basic swap is for now the 2 front calipers w lines, and a F4i Master?
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Old 01-22-2010, 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Bearshawk View Post
ok so what i need to do the basic swap is for now the 2 front calipers w lines, and a F4i Master?
Lines are optional, since I assume your bike has brake lines on it already that are nicely attached at the triple. The F4i ones might be too short (I don't recall) and they do route differently. (I do remember that)
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Bearshawk.....yes, that all you need.

I got the complete set already assembled off the doner bike [calipers, lines and MC, with good pads & lever], and if I hadnt wanted to put the SS lines on, I would have been very tempted to try and fit with the F4i lines and not even split the system.
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Originally Posted by lazn View Post
The F4i ones might be too short (I don't recall) and they do route differently. (I do remember that)
Lazn, that is correct, the F4i uses a single pipe down from the MC to one caliper, then a bridge pipe over the mudgaurd from 1st caliper to the 2nd.

I didnt try it so I dont know if it would work out. As you say, the safe option is to reuse the standard Hawk pipes.
I would advise fitting new copper washers when you refit the lines, but I noted that the Honda washers on the F4i look like steel parts, So they are not designed to crush and maybe ok to re-use.
I tend to play safe where brakes are concerned, so put new washers on.
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:48 AM
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I just finished up the install of CBR F4i calipers on the CheeperHawk, so here's some pics. I'm using handlebars instead of clip-ons, but the basic stuff is the same.

Here's the handlebar view. I used Spiegler lines, a 29" for the right caliper and a 31" for the left. The lines have a 20 degree bend at the caliper ends and are straight at the M/C end. The clutch line is 44" and has 20 degree bends at both ends.

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These shots show the trimming done on the lower caliper mount bracket to allow the caliper bolt holes to line up correctly. I recommend removing material from the fork leg and not from the caliper body. There is plenty of metal remaining on the fork leg when the grinding is done.
Holding a flashlight under the caliper and bracket will give you a good view of the clearance while you are shaping the lower mount. As long as there is no contact between the caliper body and the mount bracket, you are good to go.
The 3rd pic is the die grinder and the 3M pad I used to make the needed clearance.

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Here's a couple of shots of the Siegler lines on the clutch and rear brake.

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Next part of the project will be modifying the exhaust for a 2 into 1 set up.


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If you remove some from both the caliper and the bracket you end up removing very little from both. (Using a dremel sanding band works well)
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lazn, your point is well taken. BUT, with the mechanical ability level of the folks on this (or any other moto-related) board ranging from; "I rebuilt my engine on lunch break today.", to; "Yeah, I can get my seat off all by myself.", I would never recommend grinding on the caliper.

Sure as ****, some Saturday afternoon seat lifter would grind the caliper to the point where he has about .1mm metal left before hitting the piston bore.

Just my $.02

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Grinding the caliper also changes the position of the brake pads relative to the disk too. I noticed this on my bike, as now there is a small section of disk that is not touched by the pad, right near the edge. I do not have standard rotors though, so this may be the difference in my case.
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Originally Posted by shayne View Post
Grinding the caliper also changes the position of the brake pads relative to the disk too. I noticed this on my bike, as now there is a small section of disk that is not touched by the pad, right near the edge. I do not have standard rotors though, so this may be the difference in my case.
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If you grind metal off either the caliper or the Fork mount, it wont make any difference to the position of the caliper with respect to the disc, as neither option changes the position of the bolt holes in the respective parts.
The metal removal is only to give clearance to the bigger caliper bodies, as the CBR600 has much less aluminium surrounding the lower mounting bolt on the fork, even though the bolts are in the same place.


The CBR pads may have a slightly different position over the disc, and that could be what you are seeing, but there was nothing you did in your fitting process that would have had any effect on that, so no need to think you should have modded the fork rather than the caliper.

I followed lazn's advice and took a little off each part using a Dremel sanding drum. about 1mm off the caliper, and 1.5 to 2 mm off the fork mount.
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thanks guys these pirctures are EXTREMELY helpful now i need to find the parts , cheap!
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