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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old Nov 25th, 2018, 10:38 am Thread Starter
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Heat Tape on Exhaust Near Brake Line?

After observing black brake fluid after 3k miles I upgraded to Castrol SRF

My mechanic put heat tape around the exhaust above the cat near the brake lines, about 6 inches of pipe. It seems like common sense that it will help - does anyone have any opinions as to whether there is any down side here ? I would never cover the whole exhaust as the heat would be far greater in the muffler and Cat , but this seemed reasonable.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old Nov 26th, 2018, 9:55 am
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I'd be curious to see what that does to the peformance of the rear brake and the longevity of the fluid. I've always avoided heat tape on pipes because every pipe I've seen post-tape looked awful. I would particularly wonder about immediately downstream from the catcon, as that's gotta be the hottest spot in the stream. Keep us posted.

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A shield between the master and the pipe wouldn't have worked?

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I think insulation anywhere between pipes and brakes is a good thing. Redbrit is right, though. The insulation usually does horrible things to whatever metal it covers. In a dry climate it probably wouldn’t be as bad. Where I live heat wrap ruins the pipe finish quickly. I have my rear brake insulated from exhaust on one bike, and I plan on removing it from time to time to check for corrosion.

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If worried about the brake line, wouldn't it be most effective to insulate the line itself?

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If worried about the brake line, wouldn't it be most effective to insulate the line itself?

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Following, really seems to make sense ...

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I haven't used the SRF fluid but did buy the Motul 660. Instead of putting heat tape on the exhaust, I put it on the back of the master cylinder and brake hoses. I've bled the brakes by removing the caliper, inverting it, etc. The rear brake is better than it used to be but still leaves a lot to be desired. However, I have noticed that it doesn't get worse after riding for a while and the exhaust getting hot.
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Change the fluid on schedule. Or a bit before. High performance bike=high costs. Better fluid helps too.

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If worried about the brake line, wouldn't it be most effective to insulate the line itself?

https://www.verociousmotorsports.com...de-Brake-Lines
Clicked to buy this on a whim. Got to checkout and the shipping cost for a little $9 buck item is ridiculous.

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Clicked to buy this on a whim. Got to checkout and the shipping cost for a little $9 buck item is ridiculous.
Ouch, you're not joking. That's just stupid.

I did find the same product on Amazon and a number of other places where hopefully shipping is more reasonable.

I still haven't stuck my head up in there to see how possible or impossible it might be to get to those lines and insulate them...

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