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best brembo rcs master(s) for 916 track bike?

I want to upgrade the controls on the 916 and was curious what others have used. I have a 98' 916 for track use only with 65mm 4 pad brembo calipers for brakes and an aftermarket clutch slave cylinder (EVR i think).

Im currently using a stock clutch master cylinder and a 999 style brake master cylinder. They do the job well enough, but I would like better feedback and reliability.

For the brake MC, Im considering either the brembo RCS 17 or 19. I can't find any info on what size would work best on the track with my 4 bad brembo calipers.

For the clutch, id like to stick with brembo RCS, so my options are RCS 16 and 19?

Im considering these because of the rave reviews the RCS M/C's have and they seem to be at the top of what I consider a "budget" m/c.

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For the clutch MC, use a Brembo RCS 16 with either an EVR 29 mm or 30 mm slave cylinder.

Assuming your 4-pad calipers are 34/34 mm pistons, use a Brembo RCS 19 MC — a RCS 17 will have too soft a feel at the lever. The RCS 19 will give you a better feel at the lever than your 18 mm 999 MC.
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Neither... Beringer. Kills brembo and I have had them all...

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Neither... Beringer. Kills brembo and I have had them all...
Thanks for the tip. 21mm?

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Neither... Beringer. Kills brembo and I have had them all...
But at around $600 each, they are a little out of my budget for what Iím doing.

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1995 900ss trackbike project (Full D&D spaghetti system, 39mm FCR's, mono seat)
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You've basically zeroed in on the best "bang for the buck" combination. RCS 16 clutch/19 brake, Brembo 4 pad calipers. Yes, there are improvements to be had, but with greatly diminishing returns for the money spent.

One other thing--there's a natural tendency when evaluating brakes, and especially tires. The new combination will feel like a bigger improvement than it actually is because in addition to whatever calipers/masters you've just replaced, you almost surely have fresh fluid/pads and there is no longer garbage caked around the pistons or air and moisture in the system. In the case of tires, the rubber isn't heat-cycled or hardened and the profile is nice and round instead of flattened by everyday use.
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