Please, help me bleed my custom brakes.

imwastefull

New Member
I built this bike a couple years ago but the brakes we always sub-par. This winter I redesigned the system and now absolutely can not get them to work. Here's the set up -

Brand new 3/4" master
Brand new -3 an braided lines
Two (not rebuilt) but perfectly working Brembos
Brand new aluminum crush washers everywhere.
Dot 3 synthetic fluid.

For whatever reason, I CAN NOT get pressure to build. But, as near as I can tell, I have no air in the lines. I have a mity vac and I've pumped 3 full resevoirs full of fluid and it's all clean, no bubbles. But, I step on the pedal - nothing.

When I break the bleeders, clear fluid, no bubbles.
I've bled the system at all of the banjos.
I've used my my mity vac until the cup is completely full and there's just no pressure.
No leaks anywhere. No bubbles coming out.

Anyone have a clever suggestion?
 

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Cool looking ride.

I’m thinking your M/C has too small of a bore. I’m running a two piston Brembo (designed for rear use) on one of my bikes. From what I’ve researched the stock M/C that Ducati used with that same caliper is 11mm (.433” or 7/16”). Front brake setups with the calipers you are using typically have 5/8” bores. Basically what I’m trying to say is the M/C may not be able to push enough fluid to activate the brakes before the plunger/pedal runs out of travel.

Later, Doug
 

teazer

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The upper caliper will still have air in it at the top. That caliper has to be removed and rotated so that the bleed nipple is above the rest of the caliper
 

J-Rod10

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Back bleed them. Force fluid through the caliper to the master.

Looks like it's on upside down. Bleed nipple should be at the top, no? Air doesn't sink.
 

imwastefull

New Member
J-Rod10 said:
Back bleed them. Force fluid through the caliper to the master.
I tried that

Looks like it's on upside down. Bleed nipple should be at the top, no? Air doesn't sink.
Not upside down - on the wrong end. These are front calipers that I'm adapting
 

imwastefull

New Member
teazer said:
The upper caliper will still have air in it at the top. That caliper has to be removed and rotated so that the bleed nipple is above the rest of the caliper
I think that's the ticket. I'm going to try and bench bleed it tomorrow
 

The Jimbonaut

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Damn man that's a great looking ride - that exhaust looks killer.

I had a similar problem on my KLR - no matter what I did I could not get an pressure in the rear brake. I rebuilt the master cylinder but after forever long I realized I fitted the cupped washer on the piston in the MC the wrong way round. After taking it all apart a hundred times I finally spotted this mistake - flipped the washer the correct way round, rebuilt everything and it worked just fine.

Did you rebuild the MC or is it brand new? Might the cupped washer be your culprit?
 

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