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Well I'm about to give up and bring my bike to the Dealership. My front Brakes have been real mushy since I bought the bike a couple weeks ago.. 2004 Road glide.

It still has brakes but its right at the bar. I tried just bleeding them first with a cheap bleeder kit... nothing

Then I bought a Master cylinder rebuild kit and a mighty vac.. I rebuilt the master and I have tried bleeding the system 3 times now and it still seems to have bubbles coming out of bleeder.. I have made sure not to run the res out of fluid and keep pumping the vac. I had to filled up the res 4 times and it still wont get air out.

When I squeeze the lever I get a air bubbles coming up threw the reservoir.. normal ?

Am I missing something or can it be a caliper problem maybe??

Trying to get her road worthy for Sturgis... Any help would be much appreciated.
 

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there shouldn't be ANY air.If there is after bleeding,then there's a leak somewhere or it isn't being bled right.Make sure you are holding the lever down when you tighten the bleeder screw,and make sure you are bleeding it enough.Loose brake line perhaps?

you might try putting a piece or clear tubing over the bleeder screw,then pump it up and bleed it until there are NO air bubbles coming out.you'll have to repeat it a few times.you want to get ALL the air out.Make sure the brake line is tight on both ends.

Hope this helps.
 

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There should NOT be any bubbles anywhere in the system. Make sure the master cylinder went back together properly and like stated before make sure there arent any loose fittings.
 

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Shouldn't have bubble but i had a similar problem on my road king a while back. Try pulling of the calipers one at a time and look at them while squeezing the brake lever. For some reason the dual caliper units have an issue with road grime building up around the pistons on the calipers and it prevents them from stroking in or out of the caliper without great pressure. You can either use brake cleaner and clean this or the better fix would be to get the caliper seal kit and do a minor rebuild on them. If you rebuild them i would use a brake lubricant on the pistons as well. Just my 0.02.
 

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Check youtube for brake bleeding video's and if you have dot5 fluid if u use any vacumm pump it makes the fluid airate that's why Harley now uses dot 4 its a stronger compound. Brake bleeding takes time and patience good luck
 

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As usual all the above is good advice.

In addition I would also check to make sure your bleeder valve is not TOO loose. If it is air can seep around the threads. Be sure you are holding the brake in the squeezed position when closing the valve.

I use a clear hose and a old clean peanut butter jar with a hole in the lid just big enough for the clear hose to fit. Push the hose all the way to the bottom, and add clean brake fluid.

Then you can pump away and it will maintain a sealed system, you can see the air and dirty fluid, and its cheap. I never had much luck with vacuum brake bleeders.

Also before going to the dealer invest in some Speed Bleeders.
http://www.speedbleeder.com/

They are worth their weight in gold.
 

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user name

WHY would you choose a user name exactly like someone else except with a dash in it confusing ?????? just saying.....
 

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First, thank you all for the fast replies with all the feedback. I haven't tackled it again yet. But going to apply a lot of what was said and give it another go before i bring it to dealer. I have a friend coming by to help and will post a outcome for sure.




WHY would you choose a user name exactly like someone else except with a dash in it confusing ?????? just saying.....
Thanks for bringing that up..I can fully understand why you would make that comment. It was the first user I typed in when i joined. And once I saw some other posts and how active your ZMAN is. I emailed the brass about changing mine. I did that on Fri and still waiting to for answer.

If you know how I can change it on my own please let me know. I have been living 41 years by my life. I'm certainly not trying to live someone else's. Sorry for the unintentional confusion. Nice to meet you.

Did you bench bleed the master after rebuild? That's where I'd start.
The directions on the rebuild kit said to add lube packet supplied into the cylinder bore hole only.. Didn't say anything else.. Do I need to take master back off bike for bench bleeding? Excuse me for the dumb question, but How is bench bleeding done?
 

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Thanks for bringing that up..I can fully understand why you would make that comment. It was the first user I typed in when i joined. And once I saw some other posts and how active your ZMAN is. I emailed the brass about changing mine. I did that on Fri and still waiting to for answer.

If you know how I can change it on my own please let me know. I have been living 41 years by my life. I'm certainly not trying to live someone else's. Sorry for the unintentional confusion. Nice to meet you.
Yeah, you've thrown me a couple times because the name you chose is so similar to another long-time member. If you PM a Mod or Admin, they can get it changed for you.
 

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What do you want it changed to? pm me and Ill take care of it.
 
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