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Old 28-03-11, 01:29 PM   #1
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Default Is this brake fluid okay for the SV?

Hi I've got a curvy SV650 and need to change the brake fluid. I was wondering if this brake fluid is ok for it, and how much I will need to buy to flush the front and rear brakes. Thanks

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/p-741-cast...ake-fluid.aspx
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Old 28-03-11, 02:33 PM   #2
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Yep

Oh, one bottle should be enough... for about 5 bikes
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Old 28-03-11, 03:22 PM   #3
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Yep

Oh, one bottle should be enough... for about 5 bikes
OK thanks, I'll look into getting a smaller bottle then for cheaper if I can. Is any DOT4 ok then?
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Old 28-03-11, 08:49 PM   #4
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I believe any DOT4 or DOT5 is ok...I just used Halfords in mine.
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Old 28-03-11, 09:00 PM   #5
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Use DOT4 as per the manual.

1l lasts me for 10 bikes or more, I only buy the cheap(ish) mintex stuff and it is absolutely fine for road use and moderate track use.
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Old 28-03-11, 10:14 PM   #6
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I believe any DOT4 or DOT5 is ok...I just used Halfords in mine.
DOT4 is absolutely fine, or DOT5.1 if you really want, but DOT5 isn't generally recommended for road use.

The reason as I understand it is that DOT5 does not absorb moisture like the others do, which while it sounds a good idea, results in any moisture tending to end up in droplets rather than absorbed so is prone to freezing in winter or boiling if it's at the business end. It is intended for competition use where it gets used in pretty controlled environments and gets changed regularly.
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Old 28-03-11, 10:15 PM   #7
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Thanks for clearing that up
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Old 29-03-11, 07:24 AM   #8
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DOT4 is absolutely fine, or DOT5.1 if you really want, but DOT5 isn't generally recommended for road use.

The reason as I understand it is that DOT5 does not absorb moisture like the others do, which while it sounds a good idea, results in any moisture tending to end up in droplets rather than absorbed so is prone to freezing in winter or boiling if it's at the business end. It is intended for competition use where it gets used in pretty controlled environments and gets changed regularly.
Didn't know that one!

DOT 4 is perfectly fine. I can do a strip, purge and refill with about 250ml of fluid. My preference is putoline (and it aint cheap)

With brake fluid don't blend two different fluids as it can end badly.
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Old 29-03-11, 11:13 AM   #9
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Managed to get some Silkoline on the Opie Oils 25% off offer, so can't complain really

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