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byron
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Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:27 pm

can I use dot 5 in my scootrs front brake ?
it says on the cp, only dot 3 or 4, why is that ? seals can't take it ?
or will it be ok ?
I've drained the system and cleaned everything out, and painted my caliper, so wanted to avoid any paint damaging when I fill the system and bleed it...


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Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:53 pm

dot 5.1 is compatible with dot 4

dot 5 is silicone based, really need to clean out the system if changing over to dot 5, easier said than done

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Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:56 pm

i,m sure that one of the advantages of DOT 5 is that its no good as a paint stripper ....unlike DOT 3/4........ :D
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Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:58 pm

Only ever used EBC Dot 5 Silicon from new, no problems in six years.
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Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:59 pm

http://www.motorcycleproject.com/motorc ... fluid.html


i use dot 5 on an hydraulic inboard disc

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Fri Mar 12, 2010 11:31 pm

thanks for the replies
good links minotaur
maybe I'll just be careful not to spill any...

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Sat Mar 13, 2010 9:20 pm

Why would you want to use DOT5, does your disc brake not Brake hard enough?
DOT5 is less compressable than DOT4 so your lever will need less squeezing to brake as hard, but will also lock up the front wheel easier...
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Sat Mar 13, 2010 9:35 pm

ran dot 5 for years in my scootrs brake

personally i found it superb and never once had a problem with locking the front wheel

would be interesting to hear any other experiences with it

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mick

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