According to my Haynes manual I should renew the front and rear brake master cylinders on my 2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R B1H at 32,000 miles and I’m just looking for some advice and recomendations.
My bike has covered approximately 28,000 miles and needs new pads and brake lines, so I thought I would just bite the bullit and re-vamp the brakes in their entirety now (excluding discs), rather than waiting until I reach the 32,000 mile mark.
Daytona have quoted me around £470 total for front and rear master cylinders. However, do manufacturers like Brembo manufacture a master cylinder for my bike that would out-perform the OEM part but for a similar price? Also, do I really need to renew the master cylinders or is Mr. Haynes talking a lot of ********?Brake pads - what to get? I was going to buy the EBC Double-H Sintered jobbies, but someone I know through work has them on his bike and he says they’re pants. Can anyone confirm or deny this statement? Any other suggestions if this is actually true?Braided brake lines - Goodridge or HEL? They seem to be the two most popular options, but is one better than the other? What should I opt for.Thanks in advance.
Change the pads and the lines and you will notice a big difference right there, for a lot less money Bendix pads have quite a good reputation, but it does depend what sort of use you give it. Goodridge or HEL lines are good, no real differences I think…definitely not in a performance wayThe rear one I very much doubt would need changing, that is a lot of bunce for not a lot of gain there.
The front you could upgrade, the Brembo front radial would be about £200 new and would give a better feel (assuming you dont have radial at the moment?? correct me if I am wrong)
Or you could go for a second hand radial front master from newer bike from Ebay (prob around £100), some might fit, ask around. Give FWR a call they might be able to help… that would be a cheaper option.
I would think for £400 quid you might get a whole front end from a newer ZX6R with radial calipers…athough that is a big project
Haynes advice varies from the essential to the utterly anal and unecessary - personally I can see gains in performance to a 20 thousand + plus miles bike in rebuilding the calipers and fitting braided hoses - but I can’t see any particular reason to replace the master cylinders unless there is some obvious reason to change them - like obvious deterioration or damage.