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Brake Fluid

Is there such a thing as a 'favorite or preferred' DOT4 brake fluid out there or will any old, run of the mill DOT4 do?
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Anyone will do if it say's Dot3/4. I prefer to use Vavoline products. It changed every year or two.

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Anything from the auto parts place will do. I've used Valvoline and Prestone. Nothing fancy.

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I used Castrol 12614 Dot 4 Synthetic brake fluid. IIRC got it from amazon.

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Iíve used anything thatís got the right DOT number. After boiling the fluid in my rear circuit on a sketchy descent, I put the racing motul in last time. Not necessary. But it seemed prudent at the time.

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Yes if has a 4 in it.

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Honda Dot 4 brake fluid for me...
Or Bel ray.
Or motorex...
or....
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Pretty much doesn't matter. You should be changing it every couple of years by the book, but annually really is better.
I mean, it's just soo expensive.


I had been changing the hydraulic fluid every other year, then a couple of years ago, I had to open the front brake system up after a year. Then I figured I may as well do the rear brake. The fluid came out looking a little gray, but not bad. Then I figured I may sa well do the clutch.


The little bit of clutch fluid, compared to the brakes, P1310931.JPG darkened the speed bleeder bag.

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When I can see in my windows that clutch or brake has gotten notably cloudy or dark, I change it. Since I generally ride every day, and and ride a great
deal in the rain much of the year, I change some things more often than the manual recommends. So for clutch and brake, at least annually, but usually twice a year.

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Pretty much doesn't matter. You should be changing it every couple of years by the book, but annually really is better.
I mean, it's just soo expensive.


I had been changing the hydraulic fluid every other year, then a couple of years ago, I had to open the front brake system up after a year. Then I figured I may as well do the rear brake. The fluid came out looking a little gray, but not bad. Then I figured I may sa well do the clutch.


The little bit of clutch fluid, compared to the brakes, Attachment 68085 darkened the speed bleeder bag.
Unfortunately itís not so easy with ABS brakes.

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