Brake line replacement information
Moto Guzzi V700, V7 Special, Ambassador, 850 GT, 850 GT California, Eldorado, and 850 California Police models
Thanks to Charlie Mullendore of Antietam Classic Cycle for posting this on the Yahoo! Loopframe_Guzzi news group. In Charlie's own words:
- Harper's has "ready made" Speigler lines IIRC.
- Or you can use Magnum BYO (Build Your Own) components from MG Cycle.
- Earl's of Indy will make lines to your specifications as well.
Tom Christian replaced his stock hydraulic brake lines with stainless steel, black coated Goodridge lines. By doing so, he improved the braking feel and performance while maintaining the stock appearance. Here is the information from Tom:
A couple of weeks ago I installed stainless steel black coated Goodridge brake lines on my disk Eldo and rebuilt my stock 15 mm master cylinder. The improvement is significant, and the appearance remains period correct. The install was trivial, takes at most 1⁄2 hour, with bleeding.
Here is the part ordering info:
- 11315E Goodridge black stainless braided brake hose, 15 inch
- 11318E Goodridge black stainless braided brake hose, 18 inch
- B59303C Goodridge stainless 20 degree banjo
- B59403C Goodridge stainless 45 Degree Banjo (3)
I'd take at least an inch off of each hose, and go with all 4 banjos at 45° if I had to do it again. The screw-on connectors need to be tight!
Gordon threw in the brass crush washers but I forgot to order new stainless steel banjo bolts - Goodridge's are nice, I've used the stainless steel on our Harley too. The old banjo bolts will work fine, however.
The whole thing was about USD $100.00. Takes less than 1⁄2 hour to install and bleed. Some of the parts come from different locations, so shipping was slower than usual (I usually order Monday and it arrives Thursday like clockwork for the weekend) - this added a couple of days.
When I said
new master cylinder, I meant I used MG Cycle's rebuild kit and rebuilt my stock 15 mm master cylinder - it was a mess.