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Hey Dan, another thread with great pics and explanation! Thanks for sharing; looking forward to hearing more about how they perform on the road.
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Here is the original thread.

http://xlforum.net/vbportal/forums/s...ad.php?t=51610

DRC be carefull durring full on brake tests with that MC, you may run out of lever travel.
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Here is the original thread.

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DRC be carefull durring full on brake tests with that MC, you may run out of lever travel.
Which m/c do you recommend Andy?
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The 1/2" version works great. The 9/16" requires a little too much hand force.
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thanks for the write up. looking to upgrade my brakes so i'll be coming back to this post. thanks.
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do you know if this will work on a Solid Mount ?
I should Specify. Pre 2000 solid Mount..
Anthony - Hopefully someone else can answer your question. If I had to pull an answer outta my azz I would *guess* not.
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Good Write up, Better than Haynes or Clymer!!

One Thing I usually do is take the Master cylinder cover off and cover with clingfilm then bolt it back on, while removing calipers, this creates a bit of a vacuum and stops the fluid coming out.
This time I didn't care, but if I ever have to pull things apart I'll definitely try the cling wrap.

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DRC be carefull durring full on brake tests with that MC, you may run out of lever travel.
Hey man...that link is in the very first line of this post just have to click the word "here". I want to make sure you and rolnlow get credit for this idea...I just bolted on the parts you guys talked about while taking pictures.

And yes, I have discovered it's pretty easy to run out of travel. I'm just not sure what I'll do with more travel...I suspect lock up the front tire!
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The 1/2" version works great. The 9/16" requires a little too much hand force.
I've read that other thread about a bazillion times...I would have sworn your recommendation was 9/16. Guess I gotta go back and re-read it, again. Did I mess anything else up?

Folkie - Clearly listen to Whittlebeast and not me... And apparently Bert got around to making this a sticky before Chuck.
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Welcome to the club brother. If you haven't already, you should install some Progressive fork springs. Those V-rod brakes will make the front end dive something fierce.

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Three week (or so) update. Haven't gotten too much riding in, but did get to try the brakes out some more. I also switched out the ME880 tires for Avon Venoms. I mention that because I think the Avons have a little more control at the point at which the front tire locks up.

These brakes have just an incredible feel and stopping power. I guess at a lot of levels it's subjective, but the confidence these brakes inspire can probably get one into a lot of trouble. I've never heard my front tire howl nearly as much as it has in the last few weeks...

Now that the pads are completely bedded in and the lines fully bled, the brake lever travel is tolerable with the stock master cylinder. It's certainly not ideal and Whittlebeast's recommendation of a 1/2" MC is probably really needed.

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Welcome to the club brother. If you haven't already, you should install some Progressive fork springs. Those V-rod brakes will make the front end dive something fierce.
Well, my front-end is just about bottomed out just riding down the street, much less pulling the brake lever (damn low...whose the idiot that buys a low model! ). If your into adrenaline, my bike's current setup is the ticket...pulling hard on the brake with the front forks completely collapsed going across bumps gets REAL exciting. I'll be buying new 883R forks sooner or later. Debating on the Works springs or not, but I think I'll just try the stock ones to begin with.

Switching out to the blackened 883R forks will also give me the opportunity to put a dual caliper setup on. I realize with this Brembo single caliper setup I really don't need the second caliper...but I just can't resist for some reason. Call me a poser if you will.

I have the stock Master Cylinder that comes on the baggers with the dual Brembo's. Anyone know the part number off-hand for the right hand caliper on a late model VROD?
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