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650 - getting it running part 5: front brake

I don't even remember why my front brake caliper was hanging loose from the front fork. That does not matter now. I refitted it and tried actuating it. It worked but the master cylinder was leaking brake fluid. The brake fluid was also disgustingly dirty. I also remembered that I had bought a brake rotor from mikesxs for the rear of my xs1100. That did not work on the 1100 but I kept the rotor since it was supposed to fit the front brake on the 650. I decided that this was the perfect time to fit that rotor, along with some new pads as well.

While I was at it, I decided to replace the old rubber brake lines in favor of stainless steel lines. I also decided to get a new master clyinder. The new one was $65 while the rebuild kit was bout $30. My time is worth more than that.

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old brake caliper refitted. old rotor
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rotor that didnt fit the xs1100 rear, shoulf fit xs650 front
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looks like I bought 650 front brake pads at the same time 5 years ago, great!
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new rotor next to old rotor
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new rotor fitted with new pads
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old brake reservoir, level end broken off, rebuild kit plus new level approx = cost of new reservoir
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old rubber brake line
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brake line link
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new brake reservoir, all metal, no plastic case
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old rubber brake line, new stainless steel line
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new banjo bolts and crush washers
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old reservoir was seeping brake fluid, good time to replace while doing rotor, pads, lines
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new SS lines fitted,
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new master cylinder not ideal due to low profile and slope of bars, will still work fine when filled
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replaced clutch level to get back to that stock look

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