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About gremlin1988

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  • Birthday 02/13/1988

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  • Current Bike(s)
    Yamaha XVS 125 Dragstar (2007 - 2008) Yamaha XVS 650A Dragstar Classic (2012 - Current)

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    Bromley, Kent
  1. Name: Suzuki GZ125HS (2010) Date Added: 02 August 2014 - 10:15 PM Owner: gremlin1988 Short Description: None Provided View Vehicle
  2. Name: Yamaha XVS 650A Dragstar Classic (2000) Date Added: 02 August 2014 - 10:13 PM Owner: gremlin1988 Short Description: None Provided View Vehicle
  3. FINALLY got round to sorting this out this weekend. Got the caliper off, old pistons and seals out, good clean, new seals and pistons installed, caliper re-installed onto the bike, brake lines connected. But... When I bleed the brake lines there's absolutely no pressure in the system. I can pump the brake lever for 10 minutes, but every time it goes straight back to the throttle grip, no pressure build-up felt at all at the lever. I've removed the caliper from the disc to check that the pistons were extending, but they're not. When I pump the brake lever both pistons extend about 1mm, then retract when the brake lever returns. When bleeding the system new fluid is pumped out of the bleed nipple, so there isn't a major blockage in the line, and some pressure must be present for the fluid to be pumped. But no-where near enough to operate the pistons. I've checked for fluid leaks and can't find any. At this point my assumptions are either an air leak or air blockage in the caliper itself. I'm getting to the point of taking the caliper off and starting again, but before I do, has anyone got any suggestions on what else to check or do? Thanks Tom
  4. Thanks for the advice Campaman and Noise. New pistons ordered, hopefully back on the road next week.
  5. Thanks for the advice Noise. Noob question coming up ... Is it necessary / recommended to drain the brake fluid out of the system before removing the old pistons? I know it makes it easier to compress the pistons if you remove some of the fluid from the master cylinder, and assume that in order to remove the pistons and seals I'd have to completely drain the system? Thanks Tom
  6. Hi I haven't had as much chance to ride my Dragstar Classic recently, and unfortunately found the front brake had siezed when I went to take her out the other day. Taken the caliper off, cleaned the pads and caliper up (fair amount of corrosion / dirt around the caliper as she'd been sitting out uncovered) without any issues. But when I went to replace the pads, I was only able to compress one of the pistons. The other just starts pissing grease / fluid when I squeeze it, and doesn't actually compress. So I think I need to rebuild the caliper, or at least take it apart for a more thorough clean. I've always shy'd away from working on my own brakes in the past, any more than a basic pad clean-up. Can anyone offer any advice, steps take, and caveats to watch out for? Thanks Tom
  7. Hey guys and gals I've tried to fit a heel-toe shifter several times to my XVS650A Dragstar Classic (2000) but each one I buy doesn't fit. They bolt on, but you can't shift as the heel part hits as you try and change. All the shifters I've bought are genuine Yamaha shifters, all advertised as 2001+, which leads me to believe that the mounts / frame / something was altered for the 2001 onwards models. Can anyone confirm? Has any-one successfully fitted a heel-toe shifter to a 2000 Classic? Thanks Tom
  8. Cheers for the replies guys - had a go at them at the weekend. Realised the rails I have are no good as they are angled to help the soft throw-over luggage to site right, but means that these hard panniers hang at the wrong angle. So first things first, some new rails!
  9. Hi guys I've just got hold of some "used" panniers for my XVS650A Dragstar Classic. Bargain at around £80 and don't look like they've ever been used. I've got pannier supports fitted to the bike from the previous panniers, but they were throw-over and these are not. Looks like they require mounting directly to the bike, possibly using a specific plate or rail mount. I can't find anything using Google, so thought I'd ask you guys before fabricating something myself. Anyone know what sort of hardware is required for these? (I've not posted this in "wanted" as I'm not wanting any-one's kit, just advice over what people have and where to get it from) Thanks Tom (sorry, tried using the editor to resize the photo but it doesn't save the new size)
  10. Hi Guys OK, basic question which 9 times out of 10 means drilling out the bolt head - but just in case someone has dealt with this specific instance before... I've been attempting to remove the tank off of my 2000 model XVS650A but the front left hand bolt securing the instrument cluster to the tank is spinning. You can clearly feel the rubber spinning underneath the cluster. Tried putting upward pressure on the cluster whilst turning the bolt, wiggling and putting as much force on it as I dared - but it won't release. Has anyone come across this before and been able to remove the bolt without either drilling the head or breaking the cluster? Cheers
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