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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-16-2017, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Fluid change

Its raining here today so I decided it was a good time to change clutch and brake fluid. Bike is a 2014 FJR with 16K. The fluid in all three reservoirs looked like coffee. I normally do this every year but for some reason did not do it last year ( new bike ) bought in 2015 as a new in crate leftover.
Just an FYI for those of you who don't this or have not yet. Cheap and easy to do. While you are at it, pull both levers off and clean and grease the lever bushings. Only adds about another 10 minutes to the project.
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^^^What Gary says i always do mine every year as i dont fancy taking chances with my abs module - some of the guys always run the abs to flush out the module, i must say i have never done mine in the 11 years ive owned mine, just changed and flushed the fluid.
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Speedbleeders = Word. My fluids get changed at least once per year without fail. Sometimes twice depending on how many mountainous dirt roads I've ridden.

I sometimes cycle the ABS with the test block, it's easy to do, but usually only if I haven't cycled the ABS in the normal way in a while.

I think it depends on how a person generally rides. I do a lot of shifting and braking on my commutes and rides in the forest in western NC. Long range touring guys I think need not worry about it so much.

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It is more a matter of time than mileage, particularly the clutch and front brake fluid. The reservoirs are out in the heat, cold and rain so subject to condensation and the fluid is hydroscopic, so it absorbs the water and turns dark. JMHO
If you pour some brake fluid in an open glass and let it set overnight, it will turn black in a day or two.
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^^^What Gary says i always do mine every year as i dont fancy taking chances with my abs module - some of the guys always run the abs to flush out the module, i must say i have never done mine in the 11 years ive owned mine, just changed and flushed the fluid.

Am I right in assuming that when you use the jumper to cycle the ABS, or when you brake hard enough to actuate the ABS, you are doing the same thing?????

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Am I right in assuming that when you use the jumper to cycle the ABS, or when you brake hard enough to actuate the ABS, you are doing the same thing?????
Yes, you are doing the same thing. Cycling with the jumper cycles both front and rear whereas manually doing the front is ok but unless on a slippery road I have trouble getting the rear ABS to kick in. I really have to stand on the pedal to get it to do it.

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I won't disagree with manually cycling the abs but keep in mind that it is part of the startup cycle which does cycle it every time you start the bike, at least on the gen lll's it does.

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Really? I did not know that. So no need to worry about cycling on gen III's from a maintenance perspective?

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I won't disagree with manually cycling the abs but keep in mind that it is part of the startup cycle which does cycle it every time you start the bike, at least on the gen lll's it does.
I don't believe that is true at all. Why do you think that?

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When you cycle the ABS at the test connector you know both front and rear are done. I've tried on road tests and not been successful every time. I put a permanent connection with a switch, EZPZ and reliable.

To my knowledge, the ABS does not cycle on startup of Gen3's.

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