Here are some finished pics. The small bits came from Yoyodyne, the brake and clutch lines from Spiegler. New clutch slave from Oberon. Weather here isn't so good, but I'll report on the new controls when I get it all seated and sorted.
I got the idea for hidden reservoirs from this: http://www.ducati.ms/forums/77-sport-classic/66813-new-bling-2.html#post636896
But I wanted to go further. So my "winter project" this year was to go back to dual discs in front, but upgrade to full-on 999 brakes including matching master cylinders. Here's the single-disc setup from last year:http://www.ducati.ms/forums/77-sport-classic/88147-less-more-part-2-a.html
So I found a set of matching calipers, another narrow band rotor, and some used 999 radial pumps. I wanted the look as clean as possible, so decided to put the reservoirs UNDER the top triple. Careful measuring showed room for the small ones (like your rear brakes). Attempting to make an appropriate mounting bracket was a challenge for someone with no real fabrication skills. I am reminded of the mad abilities of our forum members (hello GTRossi, 848, Muzzman) and am humbled.
Consider my project more of a "Proof of Concept", but it's all together and works! To properly bleed the system, a "filler" reservoir was needed, then switched to the small res for installation. See pics. the little bracket fits behind the headlight & instrument support bracket and uses the same 2 bolts.
Hey Lee. The brake system is sealed, so the reservoir only needs to be at the top for bleeding. The reservoir exit port must be below the surface of the fluid, but there's no danger of air entering the system unless I'm upside down. For it to collect any air in the lines or pump, there would need to be a leak.Jeff,
I think the reservoirs have to be at the high point of the system!!! This allows air to escape and be replaced by hydraulic fluid. I suspect that your system may collect a lot of air and your brakes will fade under continuous heavy breaking.
I like the way it looks, but be careful testing, and good luck!
Thanks. The original concept was done on clip-ons: Sport Classic - Ducati.ms - The Ultimate Ducati ForumThat looks fantastic. No reason why it wouldn't work beside clip-ons is there?
Also - where did you get those flashers/indicators? (...assuming that's what they are?)
LD- Originally, I'd designed an inverted "L" bracket with 2 "wings" to be drilled for mounting holes. I made one, but working with sheet .080 aluminum, a hacksaw, and an anvil didn't give me what I wanted. So, I hacked off the wings and adapted one of the small original mounting brackets that came with the used reservoir and fabbed a mirror image on the other side. They're attached with a version of 3M VHB adhesive that's good for metal-on-metal. The wings need to angle downward a little to give better clearance above the reservoirs.I've now ordered the Watsen indies (thanks).
I think your reservoir relocation is superb and I plan to do it to my bike.
Looking at your bracket, would I be right in thinking you could have achieved the same relocation of mounting holes with two simple L-shaped brackets, (or a single upside-down U-shape) coming from directly under the headlight support bracket? ...or am I missing something. I only ask bevause that would be easier to make...
And whichever way is best, someone should be making kits, with the small brake reservoir and lines included. I think we'd all want one!
Sounds like a callout to JCPak?"And whichever way is best, someone should be making kits, with the small brake reservoir and lines included. I think we'd all want one!" LondonDutch
+1 on that! If there were a kit with mounting hardware, lines, levers, etc...I'd be in.