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Old 02-12-2013, 02:50 AM   #27
warewolf
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DOT 3, DOT 4, and DOT 5.1 are compatible, the higher number the higher temperature tolerance but not necessarily "better" depending on other characteristics. You can go higher than specified (eg use 5.1 in systems marked 4) but should not go lower - as Bill discovered when using his bike hard.

DOT 5.0 is the silicone-based stuff and can't be mixed with the others without proper flushing of the system first.

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