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October 30th, 2010, 02:13 PM   #1
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Left Handed Rear Brake, (Help Wanted)

I hope someone can point me in the right direction please.
I'm helping a friend in the week fit a Rekluse clutch (no problem there)
The thing i cant get my head around is he wants a left handed back brake, But he still want to keep the foot brake as well, Will it just be a matter of running a pipe from handlebars to rear caliper and bung a longer banjo bolt through it all. Or will the pressure from left hand brake push the seals out of the foot operated brake master cylinder if you get my drift
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Re: Left Handed Rear Brake, (Help Wanted)

Pitch the foot brake and be done with it!!
I have never used a LHRB with a foot brake. From what I understand they some how "T" in to the rear brake line and that's it. Personally I never wanted to be bothered with another potential brake fluid leak and the extra plumbing.
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Re: Left Handed Rear Brake, (Help Wanted)

I have a Rekluse with the LHRB *and* the foot brake. No problemo.

If you use both at the same time you get more pressure and you can feel them both be much firmer, but no problems with seals or anything else.

I do strongly advise you get the Magura LHRB not the Rekluse LHRB - the latter is a mediocre quality AJP unit. IIRC, the Magura LHRB is only about $100 more. I wish I had known about the Magura, I would have got it instead.

They T together - get or look at the kit and you will see.

I like mine a lot. Very handy when I have to put either foot down - also for moving the bike around.
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Re: Left Handed Rear Brake, (Help Wanted)

Originally Posted by berger
Pitch the foot brake and be done with it!!
I have never used a LHRB with a foot brake. From what I understand they some how "T" in to the rear brake line and that's it. Personally I never wanted to be bothered with another potential brake fluid leak and the extra plumbing.
Most of the time I use the handlebar lever, but sometimes, just out of reflex, I use the foot brake lever too, or first. In that sense it is nice - decades of muscle memory - not to mention switching from a bike that doesn't have the LHRB.
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Re: Left Handed Rear Brake, (Help Wanted)

Well if you want to try it out for a pretty cheap price; go to www.ktmtalk.com, join the forum board and do a quick member search for HotRodVW, send him a pm and ask him to make you a brake line and just convert you factory clutch into a rear hand brake. I did that with my 250xcw and it worked awesome and only cost me about $85 if I remember correctly. A lot cheaper then spending a couple hundred on a whole new set up from Revloc or Rekluse.
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October 31st, 2010, 01:05 AM   #6
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Re: Left Handed Rear Brake, (Help Wanted)

Thank's guys.
The idea with keeping the foot brake was if your stopped on a hill or somewhere steep you could use it if you was map reading or setting the GPS or something (we do tend to get lost a lot) lol
Someone on the KTM forum said you needed to buy a valve for 75 which he had, but did not really explaine why it was needed.
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Re: Left Handed Rear Brake, (Help Wanted)

Originally Posted by jbrown15
Well if you want to try it out for a pretty cheap price; go to http://www.ktmtalk.com, join the forum board and do a quick member search for HotRodVW, send him a pm and ask him to make you a brake line and just convert you factory clutch into a rear hand brake. I did that with my 250xcw and it worked awesome and only cost me about $85 if I remember correctly. A lot cheaper then spending a couple hundred on a whole new set up from Revloc or Rekluse.
There is no need to purchase a whole new brake line. What I do is to connect the original hydraulic clutch line to the original rear brake with a small adapter manifold. These connectors are available for $10 or less at any motorcycle salvage yard. They are used in many Japanese street bikes to connect the single front brake line to the dual front calipers. Connecting manifolds are also available commercially through http://www.spieglerusa.com.
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Re: Left Handed Rear Brake, (Help Wanted)

Originally Posted by jbrown15
Well if you want to try it out for a pretty cheap price; go to http://www.ktmtalk.com, join the forum board and do a quick member search for HotRodVW, send him a pm and ask him to make you a brake line and just convert you factory clutch into a rear hand brake. I did that with my 250xcw and it worked awesome and only cost me about $85 if I remember correctly. A lot cheaper then spending a couple hundred on a whole new set up from Revloc or Rekluse.
Magura recommends against using a clutch master cylinder for a LHRB - the reasoning is that the clutch MC is made for mineral oil, not DOT brake fluid which is not compatible with the seals in the clutch MC. Some people have reported that their clutch MC leaked when they used it as a LHRB, others have said it worked fine for them.
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Re: Left Handed Rear Brake, (Help Wanted)

could the Magura cylinder not be cleaned out before you put the DOT fluid back in the system. ?.
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Re: Left Handed Rear Brake, (Help Wanted)

Many of us here and on KTMTalk & Thumper Talk have been successfully using the mineral oil Magura clutch MC for LHRB applications (converted to brake fluid) for years with no problems.
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