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Old 08-22-2018, 12:45 PM   #1
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Are front rubber brake line sections replaceable?

06 VRSCD. I just bought this bike and while doing a front fluid flush the lever was unusually hard to fully compress. Soon the rubber brake line burst a hose at the upper first section of line. I was wondering if this section is replaceable?

I see on parts diagram only the whole brake line assembly is listed as a $87 part, but is this section a universal type part that can be replaced?

Thanks for any help.
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Old 08-22-2018, 02:37 PM   #2
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06 VRSCD. I just bought this bike and while doing a front fluid flush the lever was unusually hard to fully compress. Soon the rubber brake line burst a hose at the upper first section of line. I was wondering if this section is replaceable?

I see on parts diagram only the whole brake line assembly is listed as a $87 part, but is this section a universal type part that can be replaced?

Thanks for any help.
The OEM brake line is assembled by swaging metal ferrules around the rubber hoses to produce leak free joints. If you have a rubber section fail, the entire brake line assembly should be replaced. A specialist shop might be able to match the ferrules and rubber lines that Harley uses but if one rubber line has failed, it's likely the other two are just as damaged so these should be replaced also. The cost to replace the three rubber sections would exceed the < $100 cost of a new replacement part (even replacing one rubber section could cost $100 in parts and labor).
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Old 08-22-2018, 07:46 PM   #3
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You might want to determine why the lever was unusually hard to compress. Clean the calipers real good before installing the new lines. They could be gummed up.
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Thanks for the advice. I will get the complete assembly and check those calipers. Flushed the rear brakes today and the fluid looked like half water and was dark. The bike has 6800 miles and was apparently never serviced since bought in 06. Maybe the initial dealer service if that. I paid $4900 and was an inside bike. Looks great.
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Old 08-24-2018, 06:18 PM   #5
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Not a direct answer to your question: You can build up your own brake lines with Aeroquip parts from Summit. Will be far higher quality than stock and the fittings are reusable. Down side is the time to do it and will cost as much as the stock piece.

If you had one part of your stock line fail I would think that replacing the entire assembly is a good idea anyway.
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Old 08-30-2018, 10:58 AM   #6
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You can replace just the hose. Hose is reasonably inexpensive. It's the hose ends and shop labor that can be pricey.
I've had "hydraulic lines" built from my hose ends. Mostly custom stuff that was impossible to replace.
If you have a good hydraulic shop, price it. Sometimes they are not busy and will do it on the cheap. If you're using DOT 5 you're good. Just don't call it a brake line. Nobody wants the liability.
If you're using DOT 4 it uses a specific type of hose and unless the shop specializes in brake lines they probably won't touch it.
If a hydraulic shop will do it just make sure they understand the pressures involved. A brake system is capable of upwards of 2500 psi. Most hoses I've seen that were marked are rated for 3000 psi.
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Old 08-31-2018, 02:33 AM   #7
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I went with the Goodridge setup all in one box. Fantastic stopping power. Might do the rears too. Seems like the rear is pretty anemic compared to the front. Would require a lot of pressure to lock it up, and more lever travel than I’ve experienced in other bikes.That’s a good thing I suppose.
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Old 09-09-2018, 01:52 AM   #8
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just had my front brake line fail, Magnum Industries is close to my house,replaced line with there build your own brake line, very happy with there products. stock line is 107.00 plus tax and five day wait. drove to Pittsford,N.Y. picked up all of the parts,dual banjo bolt, crush washers,3 feet of line and four 35 degree fittings 119.00 with tax
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Sounds great. My small town doesn’t have that type of business. I am very pleased with the Goodridge lines. Super solid brake performance.
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