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Old 09-13-08, 05:45 PM   #1
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Brake fluid brand? (Avid Code)

Hi guys...yet another chapter in the Ed J5-to-Code free conversion sitcom.

I have contaminated pads, so I've been waiting on new ones so my bike has been chillin for a couple days.

I went out and squeezed the rear lever and it bottomed out on the bar. I squeezed it a couple more times and it pumped up and felt fine. I'm assuming that it needs to be re-bled. (Don't get me started on my LBS) I do notice that when it sits over night, it squeezes further in the first time and then feels fine. (air in the line)

On my Juicy5's, I used Avid branded fluid. I was at WalMart and noticed that they have DOT4 Prestone fluid. Is that fine or should I order some Avid?

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Dot-4 or Dot-5.1, brand shouldn't really matter too much. I've used non-Avid stuff with mine, no issues.
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I just go to napa and buy some, it last a long time
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For real performance, use Motul.
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The stuff that I saw was 500 / 311 deg.

As far as Motul...how much performance do you really think I need on XC trails with a 26lb bike running Codes
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Wow...look how much air I took out of the rear brake:
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I noticed the front "Pumped up" a little more after a long rest...I'm gonna do the front too. I'll probably get the same amt. of air.

I noticed that there are some subtle differences in the bleeding methods than my J5's.

1. These instructions stated that it wasn't necessary to rotate the lever horizontal at the end.
2. Gentle pressure on the plunger prior to cosing the lever hose clamp at the end.
3. Holding the lever down with your fingers and pushing on the caliper plunger to use the fluid to push the lever back.
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And the front:
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Racing-oriented brand will make your bike faster - - Castrol LMA.
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Water would make it faster.
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Hemp oil may be worth a try.........
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Well, that's true - - but only in the places you don't want it to be.
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