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What's the difference in the price between rubber and braided? How long do you plan on keeping the bike?
OEM brake line part # 59480-41F10 new is around $85 plush shipping and tax. I couldn’t find anything cheaper new. https://www.suzukipartshouse.com/oem...se-front-brake

Add bolts and washers for another $20+, and total comes out to $115 or so plus shipping and tax.

It is cheaper to buy a new aftermarket braided steel line with new bolts and washers already included. Considering I found a Galfer line for $50 shipped, it is 40% cost of OEM, with potentially better performance.

Time will show, but probably for a few more years at least. I don’t need more power right now, and bike does everything I need it to do.
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Installed new braided Galfer brake line yesterday. Took about 2.5 hours, plus clean-up time. I bought the standard clear Galfer line - looks OK, can't say I prefer OEM black over Galfer standard clear SS color, but it is OK. It was more of a functional update for sake of much needed maintenance rather than style. Galfer line is much thinner than the OEM line, and it is a bit longer, maybe an inch or two. Installation was fairly straightforward, and I was able to reuse rubber spacers for mounting points. Bleeding the breaks was a total PITA and took most of the time of the install. I'm not looking forward to doing it again anytime soon That said, it will go much faster next time, since I don't have to bleed all the air out next time (hope I didn't jinx it now).

There seems to be a small increase of stopping power and the brake lever is very firm now, with almost zero give. I left the brakes pulled in overnight (zip-tied to handlebar), and it felt rock solid in the morning. It almost hurts my wrist now to pull the brake lever in.

The master cylinder diaphragm seems to be leaking a bit. It is possible I didn't seat it properly, but it might just need to be replaced. It is hard to fine one locally though, and online seems back ordered. We'll see...

The old rubber line was original to the bike, manufactured date stamped - June 2007... 12 years old. As far as the naked eye can tell, line was in perfect condition, but who knows when a 12 year old rubber hose can brake. Old brake fluid was light brown. I was still able to see through it and what I saw didn't inspire confidence: there was a film of muck all around brake fluid container, and about 1/16" of same muck accumulated on the bottom. Considering the brake fluid had to have be changed during master cylinder rebuild 8.5 months ago (done at the shop), it was probably build-up of old grime in the system from a few years of seating in a garage. Shop where I've done this maintenance didn't inspire confidence, I would never go back to them again, even though they were about $20 and hour cheaper than the other shop in the area. It might be prejudice, but It wouldn't have surprised me if they reused the old brake fluid or did something stupid like that.

Overall, not a bad experience installing Galfer line, just need to get the diaphragm leak sorted-out.

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Had a chance to check brakes in near emergency stopping on highway today: stopping power has definitely increased.
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Brake fluid also absorbs moisture. It should be changed once in a while.


Glad it worked out when you needed it!

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there is a difference like they say in pressure.
but I like them because rubber gives out and can be cut easy.
braided for peace of mind and they are cheap enough.
road trip....braided plz
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Fitted the braided line today. Got the lever cable tied overnight to remove the rest of the air bubbles.
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Fitted the braided line today. Got the lever cable tied overnight to remove the rest of the air bubbles.
which one did you get?

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After reading through this thread it made me take a close look at my brake line. I didn't see any date stamped on it, but it looks pretty old so I'm guessing it's the original or close to it anyway. I went ahead and ordered the Galfer line and some new pads. I figure I may as well swap everything while I'm getting my hands dirty. From reading through here it doesn't look like too complicated of a job. Thanks for all the good info!

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After reading through this thread it made me take a close look at my brake line. I didn't see any date stamped on it, but it looks pretty old so I'm guessing it's the original or close to it anyway. I went ahead and ordered the Galfer line and some new pads. I figure I may as well swap everything while I'm getting my hands dirty. From reading through here it doesn't look like too complicated of a job. Thanks for all the good info!

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In my case, date was stamped on the main brake line tube. You probably don't see it, because the brake line tube is covered in another slightly larger rubber tube.
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Rubber brake lines actually start decaying from the inside out, from what I've read. That may be why they look in good shape. On the other hand, have you been out and looked for a bulging spot when you're useing the brake going down the road????.

I can head East or West, it doesn't matter as long as it's on 2 wheels.
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