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Stainless Clutch Line?

Old 07-24-2008, 02:31 PM
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Stainless Clutch Line?

Alright. I know the advantages of going stainless on the brake lines. But is there really any performance benefit for going stainless on the clutch line?
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Old 07-24-2008, 06:28 PM
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dont have the knowledge nor the skills to know of any performance advantage. but i like things to match
it would be enlightening to hear more
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Old 07-24-2008, 06:46 PM
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None, pure bling. OK, it shouldn't go bad as soon as a rubber line but that's about all I can think of.
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Old 07-24-2008, 07:08 PM
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Originally Posted by superbling View Post
None, pure bling.
Then I'd wager that is the first thing you buy for all your rides. Eh Mr. Bling?
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Old 07-24-2008, 07:31 PM
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I did buy a Speedbleeder for my clutch line (front brakes, too), which is only a little blingy but sure makes bleeding the clutch easy. Well worth the money.
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Old 07-25-2008, 01:31 AM
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The only factor is bling factor...

To clarify ( since you said you don't know) The reason behind the stainless lines is that they they are more solid and don't expand when applying pressure... This becomes more of a problem when the fluid and line heats up... The pressure on the clutch is less than on the brakes at full brake, and since you are not running around slipping the clutch all the time, which is basicly what you are doing when braking a little, the heat buildup is minimal...

Oh BTW, I have also chosen to make my life easier... A speedbleader is worth the money... (especially if you are still tearing it apart to install matching bling lines...)
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Old 07-25-2008, 05:10 AM
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OK Thanks!!! Stainless clutch lines are for bling alone. I will most likely get all the line stainless to match. As for the speedbleeders, where can I pick those up? Thanks for all the help guys!!!
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:20 AM
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EDIT: imo using a minivac is a quicker and better way to bleed brakes.


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to answer the question... it just looks good having matching brake & clutch lines.

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I have been bleeding brakes for a long time and I have two Mityvacs. I initially thought the same thing about Speedbleeders until I bought them and used them. (They're very cheap, so even if you don't like 'em you're not out much cash.) Much faster and easier to bleed the brakes and clutch. MUCH easier. I wish I had bought them sooner. I did use the Mityvac to create pressure in the lines for the initial bleed, but once it was done the Speedbleeders made getting a good bleed easier and faster.

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Old 07-25-2008, 11:30 AM
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Originally Posted by killer5280 View Post
You're very opinionated, which is your prerogative, but you act like your opinion is the final word, which is annoying.
I have been bleeding brakes for a long time and I have two Mityvacs. I initially thought the same thing about Speedbleeders until I bought them and used them. (They're very cheap, so even if you don't like 'em you're not out much cash.) Much faster and easier to bleed the brakes and clutch. MUCH easier. I wish I had bought them sooner. I did use the Mityvac to create pressure in the lines for the initial bleed (gee, you're not the only guy who knows how to prime brake lines), but once it was done the Speedbleeders made getting a good bleed easier and faster.
sorry if it came off that way.

i'm not sure if everybody knows how they work & if they understand that they need to prime the lines before installing the bleeder.

if they don't they'll be pumping the lever forever. there are a few ways to get fluid in the lines if you have some time but if you prime them with the minivac i don't understand why you'd then put a speedbleeder in ?

i just think the mini is a better tool & yes at 45 i've bleed a few brakes.


i'll go edit my post & pay more attention to 'tone'

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Old 07-25-2008, 12:31 PM
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No problem, Tim.
I just found them to be a helpful tool in brake and clutch bleeding, but not a replacement for a vacuum source.
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Old 07-25-2008, 12:51 PM
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I've found that wrapping the standard nipple threads with teflon (others use grease) and using a mityvac is the quickest method for a full bleed and/or total fluid replacement. Speedbleeders are really nice for those interim quick bleeds to firm up the lever.
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I did not change the clutch line for bling

but because the OE clutch line always turned the fluid black from day 1 and after 8 years (its now 11), the OE rubber line was old.

I put Russell brake lines almost immediately, and put a Galfer rear line on maybe 5 years ago. BTW, I like the SBS low-friction rear pads and EBC fronts (both on the OE front calipers and now the F41 calis w/RC51 MC), though Vesrah and others make good HH pads.

I tried the Speedbleeders but even flushing at least once a year they non-stainless steel Speedbleeders corroded internally and became useless (they did offer SS items). One reason to use a Mityvac (though Greg may differ) is you don't pump the MC piston into the red zone when bleeding where crud can tear the O-rings.
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If you are doing a front end conversion or doing a set of Superbike bars the stainless line should be easier to manipulate than the rubber one since it is tacked to the side of the frame.

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Old 07-31-2008, 01:08 AM
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yes to the stainless line and don't stop at the clutch. SS brake lines were a great upgrade. Secong favorite upgrade next to the pair valve removal. KN filter and dyno jet kit helped out too. Yanked Ca emission maze to. Breath in......
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Originally Posted by Tweety View Post
The only factor is bling factor...

To clarify ( since you said you don't know) The reason behind the stainless lines is that they they are more solid and don't expand when applying pressure... This becomes more of a problem when the fluid and line heats up... The pressure on the clutch is less than on the brakes at full brake, and since you are not running around slipping the clutch all the time, which is basicly what you are doing when braking a little, the heat buildup is minimal...

Oh BTW, I have also chosen to make my life easier... A speedbleader is worth the money... (especially if you are still tearing it apart to install matching bling lines...)
+1
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