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Old 11-21-2012, 10:31 AM   #151
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I really, REALLY, hate having to work on brakes.

Finally have appropriate braking power, but spotted a leak from the master cylinder. Fluid coming out the weep hole underneath.

Been there before, so knew it was the front seal. Pulled the MC apart and found this.


Have made approx 10 attempts to reinstall it without this happening...same number of failures.

Can't get enough pressure on the washer to get the circlip that sits on top of it into the right groove without the front seal sliding into the cup under it.

Any tips/tricks to prevent this? I could have been riding today, but I can't get this fixed!
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:13 PM   #152
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12 tries later...I might have actually accomplished brakes that work and don't leak.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:23 PM   #153
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12 tries later...I might have actually accomplished brakes that work and don't leak.
That's impressive. With the modifications I've done to my bike it's now 70 lbs lighter. I think almost all of it came off the rear wheel. The rear brakes lock up real easy now so most of my braking is done with the front, butt my front brake is weak. I don't think I could lock the front on asphalt. Yesterday I almost ran into the side of a truck: he cut the corner too sharp and I was going way too fast. Really I think he was more scared than I was., but I really need to fix those front brakes.
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:44 AM   #154
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You are a better wrench than i am, so you can probably get your brakes fixed in less than nine months. I know a lot about brakes that i didn't before. Not sure i wanted to know this much, but they work now.

Still, 1980 Suzukis aren't renowned for their braking power under the best iof circumstances
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Old 11-22-2012, 03:10 PM   #155
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Guys, I went with a braided line and EBC HH pads and don't have any complaints of the front brakes at all.
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Old 11-22-2012, 03:37 PM   #156
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I decided to go with a braided line back in March. That's when I rebuilt the whole system and spent the 8 months fighting with brakes.

Ah well. Got it right in time to put it away for winter. Now to take the fuel gauge out and reattach the float so i can see how much gas is left. Can hear the float banging around in there.

Then on to getting ready to paint body work.
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Old 11-24-2012, 02:45 PM   #157
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Hi Radianrider
Thanks for your help. Can you tell me how I find my recent posts/threads? I hit on the clipboard first up and found em but when I go back there the ones i opened are gone.
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Old 11-24-2012, 02:57 PM   #158
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ignore that last. have found the subscribed links search. Nice touch to the register for gsresources. I was knocked backed on the last question what bikes do we like? I of course said gr which turned out to be naughty. Should have been gs. I'm not about to burst anyones bubble and bugger me chances of so much tech knowledge.
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Old 06-01-2013, 05:45 AM   #159
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Just for future reference, the brake issue was figured out by forum member bwringer.

He discovered that the piston was hanging up in the seal. Prevented it from moving into position and prevented the system from building pressure.

He "eased" the seal using a Scotchbright pad soaked in brake fluid.

I was using OEM parts in throughout--except for the stainless line.

Not going to keep this thread active much longer. Bought an '01 SV650 and will not be able to keep the GR, though I REALLY want to keep it. Sigh. Budget says it isn't practical to tear down and rebuild, as much as I want to do it.
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Old 11-29-2013, 06:18 PM   #160
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Okay, so...

I still have the GR

When we last met on this thread I had just purchased an '01 SV650. It is a great bike! Rather fortunate that it is, because I borrowed a pickup, left the house at 5 a.m., drove to Chattanooga and took my first ride ever on an SV.

Sorta committed at that point (about 7 hours each way) since I'd have felt ridiculous driving back with an empty pickup. Got back home at about 11 p.m.

I had stripped the paint off the GR before I knew I would have the funds to buy the SV and I never really got around to finishing the prep work after I got the newer bike.

Anyway, today I bought/ordered the clutch cover gasket, the generator cover gasket, the cylinder base gasket and the valve cover gasket. Dealer actually had two of them in stock! He was more surprised than I was.

Saved me some money, since the generator gasket had been entered in the system in 1983 prices. $3.80 v. $11 He had five of the valve cover gaskets--still taped together in the original 1983 package. Never been touched. Sold almost as well as the GR did back in '83--which accounts for why it is pretty hard to find a GR now.

Bought a bench-mounted buffer and plan to get going on polishing/painting/refreshing. Stay tuned.
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Old 11-30-2013, 06:42 AM   #161
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Thanks for the update.
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Old 05-17-2014, 12:29 PM   #162
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Sold the GR today. Will use the cash and saved insurance money to help with college bills. Two kids in college next year.

Learned a lot on the old bike and enjoyed riding it. Never finished the paint job, but the buyer was really happy to get it. Seemed very excited to have a bike with room for his girl friend on the back.
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Old 05-18-2014, 08:47 AM   #163
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I know the college fund thing only too(two) well. Good luck and hope you find another bike.
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Old 05-18-2014, 09:32 AM   #164
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I know the college fund thing only too(two) well. Good luck and hope you find another bike.
Thanks, VTwin. Only way I could do it was to have another bike already in the garage. Bought an '01 SV650 last Memorial Day and have been riding it almost exclusively. Had hoped to keep the GR for vintage rides, but it sat most of the time.
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Old 06-14-2014, 07:33 PM   #165
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Just found your GR thread, and recently found info on the GR model, both look good.

I'm thinking of finding on to do a light transformation for some dual sport use, very limited off road of course.

Opinions on your bike since you've had it for a while? I like the narrowness, lighter weight than 4cyl bikes and am interested in your thoughts on why it might be a bad choice for my goal? Thanks.
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