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post #1 of 2 Old 05-07-2017, 02:24 AM Thread Starter
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Brake queries....

Right guys, have read many an article for the pros and cons of the stock tokico calipers. I have decided I will be going down one of two routes, either get a second set of calipers to put on the shelf allowing rebuild and swap out as required when the buggers start to bind, or get a set of nissin 4 pots which I gather would be easier to bleed and less prone to binding.

My question is, which other bike manufacturers/models are a direct bolt on if I was to do the nissin swap out with the stock 12r as I'd like to do little or no modification to the forks to make this happen?

If I just get a second set of 6pots, I gather that they are pretty much all the same?

Appreciate your thoughts
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post #2 of 2 Old 05-08-2017, 08:32 AM
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Hi Tom, your location says Hampshire, that's in the UK, right? I ask because I'm converting from 6-pot Tokico's to Brembo radials this month.
I *JUST* rebuilt my Tokico's in October 2016. I cleaned them myself as good as I could with solvents, so there was still some brake dust
staining. I removed and cleaned all the pistons. They didn't require any polishing / metal removal, just solvent cleaning and they had
no corrosion. I cleaned out all the old fluid and residue as well. Then I added new seals using one of the UK kits off ebay.

Once I remounted them, the bleeding was straightforward. I had none of the bleeding problems others had. I installed Speed Bleeders
beforehand, which are bleed screws with check valves. Just crack open once, pump the lever until bled, and retighten. It was easy.
I had allowed my brake performance to degrade below a safe limit through inattention. Once I cleaned the 6-pots as above and added
fresh fluid, performance was superb, truly and honestly.

I think some people compared badly degraded performance of 6-pots after very poor maintenance to performance from a fresh, clean
installation of, well, anything. Then they trash the performance of the 6-pots. That is not fair. What would be best would be
to compare equally fresh installations. I did a round trip from Indiana to Florida and back, about 3200 miles, and their performance
was excellent -- very light lever pressure, no fade, immediate bite and stopping force.

I am building up my 2002 as a full blown renovation. I have switched from a silver to black swing arm, and getting my forks rebuilt
to the radial style. I have 100% faith in my Tokicos, but they won't fit the new radial mount forks, which I must admit were attractive
in part because of the gold anodize. The bike will be orange with other gold accents.

So I am selling my Tokicos. I'm in the U.S., and since you're in the U.K., I'm sure there are loads of 6-pots over there. Nonetheless,
if you want to strike a deal, I am open.

Good luck!
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