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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-12-2016, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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What brand SS brake lines to go with.

Now that I feel better I am back on the farkle path. I just did my LED driving lights, I'll put a photo or so on later today. BUT next up are SS brake lines.

I am looking online and they all claim to be the best. I found Spiegler front and rear for $157.50 I have heard of these and seen them so that seem like a good deal. Then Twisted Throttle sells Galfer for around $200.00 for the set (their sites acting up right now and I can't get the full price. Now I find Core brand ( never heard of them) $133.20 for the set.

Now I'm mainly worried about safety here and the difference in price isn't that great so I'd rather get the best I can.

I also want to change the the old pads out is there something better than stock for all a round use or should I buy a set from Kawasaki. For the record I'm not "Boy Racer" and just "Putt" a long most of the time ...but I will get to feeling "frisky" at times. And again I can stand paying a bit more for a better all a round pad after all it's my butt on the line.

Anyone have any thoughts on this please Let me know. I don't want to have to spend a ton of cash trying to find the best for the money. OR spend days reading every test and manufacturers site.

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I got my Galfer SS Brake Lines off of ebay for the Versys.......kawasaki versys 650 brake lines | eBay

For Brake Pads i went with the Vesrah Sintered .......catalog

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I'm looking at a Galfer set on eBay right now for 104.00
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Lifetime warranty from Gaffer is questionable. The outer layer was defective on mine and I have received promises via email but still waiting. They do however off an improvement on front wheel braking. Not sure if there is any point to do the rear though.
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I got Venhill on my ZRX1200. I like that they are adjustable at the fittings. Never got around to fitting any on my V


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I've always used Galfer or Goodrich with good results. I have one of those brands on the Versys, I forget which one, LOL, I think Galfer. I put on Vesrah RJL pads. Those two changes improved the braking.
I found the Vesrah RJL pads on Street and Competition. They didn't list them directly, but I believe they are the ones that fit the Suzuki SV650. Look for the 99- model (I think, check others if Versys isn't listed), click, and it lists all the other bikes the pads are compatible with, you'll find the Versys listed. If it's not the 99-whatever year, check the next year range up. It's been awhile since I bought them.
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I am happy with my Cores but they said that they can't do the ABS unless I bring it to them when I aquired about a 2015 Versys. But they are great on the 13' Versys.

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what kinds of changes can one expect by changing brake lines and brake pads from factory standard? I'm a basic rider, some local streets, some highway commuting, some mountain roads, some basic adventure. So, not racing or burning up the brakes.
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Changing to stainless brake lines on the front will make the brakes a little firmer. On the rear it is pretty much a waste of time. Changing from the O.E.M. HH Tokiko pads usually makes the brakes worse.
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what kinds of changes can one expect by changing brake lines and brake pads from factory standard? I'm a basic rider, some local streets, some highway commuting, some mountain roads, some basic adventure. So, not racing or burning up the brakes.
I wouldn't bother.
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I was told to replace brake line every four years due to them breaking down. I have seen older bikes that were not looked after and the lines were a mess, almost twice the size of a new set. Brakes are one of those things you really don't want to fail on you...might leave a mark if they do....on YOU!

Give that a set of factory lines go for close to $150.00 why not up grade?

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I wouldn't bother.
The brakes on my 09 were horrible. SS Brake lines and new pads made a big differance

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The brakes on my 09 were horrible. SS Brake lines and new pads made a big differance
^^^^^ This. The brakes on my '13 were no better. Lines and pads made a great improvement.
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Front brakes on my 12 were fine, rear not so much. Given OP stated usage is why I said don't bother. I didn't know he wanted to replace them because of other issues.
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Just a consideration- but if you are doing the front lines it would be the time to "consider" running a pair of SS brake lines that are the same length, without the goofy cross-over line thingy. Essentially, you would be running a pair of (new) lines that are the same length, each it's own dedicated run, instead of the route that Kawi went. There is some discussion that a pair the same length may be more efficient. As I was changing my front tire size, moving my front fender, etc., and painting my bike, I opted to fill the holes in the fender and start over. I have dedicated runs of the same length.

I can't complain about the braking performance as a result, and appreciate the 'simplicity' of the dual-same length lines, eliminating the goofy crossover line.

I got mine through "HEL" and they made them a few inches longer than stock at my request for no additional charge.

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Wondering if anyone used a locally made SS lines. Or what is your opinion on that. Few shops around here replied to my email and are able to cut custom lines. Pricing seems to be better too.
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Wondering if anyone used a locally made SS lines. Or what is your opinion on that. Few shops around here replied to my email and are able to cut custom lines. Pricing seems to be better too.
If i had someone local to do it. I would go for it...

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Wondering if anyone used a locally made SS lines. Or what is your opinion on that. Few shops around here replied to my email and are able to cut custom lines. Pricing seems to be better too.
I wouldn't hesitate.
Note: Some riders on GS Resources have fabricated their own custom SS brake line system.

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