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    Smile DIY Bleed Kit - make your own!!

    Hi hello and thankyou for looking at my first post.

    As a big believer in a bit of do it yourself, and saving a few quid ($), ~I though of a better way to spend /$ 20 than sending to the manufacturer of our beloved disk brake manufacturers! I have a pair of Magura Julies and a pair of Shimano Deors - not great but I am poor! I thought to get the brakes serviced I would have to spend some to get a tiny bottle of fluid and an easy ride - but why do it the easy way!

    I made my own bleed kit by visiting a car garage, and a pharmacy! Here's what I did:

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    1) I visited the pharmacy or drug store for a large syringe ( they cost me a donation to the local charity) although you may need to pay them.

    2) Then to the local car garage for some more supplies! I bought a length of windscreen washer hose (M5) and a bottle of mineral oil.

    3) WARNING - To void your brake warranty allways fill your brakes with non - specific random oil - a sure way to get rid of that pesky manufacturers guarantee!! so always use the Manufacturers recomended oil, unless you care less or the waranty is expired and your feeling adventurous . . .

    4) I use the automobile trades own oil for my brakes - I think as a rule most use mineral oil because the DOT Type can be corrosive, but have a look for a suitable replacement online, to see what peops have done with theirs. Personally I am using Ferodo LHM+ Mineral Fluid for Hydraulic Systems, compatible for Citroen, also Jaguar oil is good too I've heard.

    5) I used the red cap from a tube of UniBond sealant, like the ones you use in a skellington gun. I also used a 5M standard thread bolt, and drilled a 3M hole through it with my hand drill. I clamped it in a vice and then drilled through the middle and ground off the head. This gave me the sized fitting for the bleed valve screw.

    I stuck it all together and ended up with a bleed kit that is really great, and for the same price I have a load more oil to flush out the system properly!


    Thankyou for your interest!

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    I don't get how that works for the Shimanos. What does the screw thread into?

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    I made this for the Magura Julies, I am not sure how to service the shimano brakes? Advice would be good! Does the end cap screw orr, cos then you could drill another bolt, say if it was M4 ?

    I know that the syringe I aquired has an adapter for the end (if you look at the pic you can see 2 of them in the body of the syringe) So am assuming I could fit these to a smaller size hole?

    Hope it helps. . . .

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    I made one out of one of those medical snot-sucking bulbs that come with your new baby from the hospital, and a piece of tubing that I robbed from my wife's breast pump. Have a baby...get a DIY bleed kit. It's a win/win.

    edit: like this:
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
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    Quote Originally Posted by moteor
    I made this for the Magura Julies, I am not sure how to service the shimano brakes? Advice would be good! Does the end cap screw orr, cos then you could drill another bolt, say if it was M4 ?

    I know that the syringe I aquired has an adapter for the end (if you look at the pic you can see 2 of them in the body of the syringe) So am assuming I could fit these to a smaller size hole?

    Hope it helps. . . .

    For the Shimanos, just remove the orange thing and the drilled out bolt. The tubing would slip over the bleed nipple (hehe, "nipple").

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    This all sounded good until I got to the part about drilling a hole through threaded rod. Not many folks could get that right. I paid the $20 shipped Ebay price for 2 syringes with proper threaded ends. DOT4 is $4 per 12oz. (mineral oil for Shimano of course) .That'll bleed Avid brakes 40 times for $24 US dollars. That's hard to beat.

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    I like it! Theres dedication to the cause!

    The bolt was clamped with the top x facing upwards and I justed eyed it - it did take 2 attempts but yeah I saved a few dollars! Did I mwntion I cut the top off with an axle grinder too?? SORRY IF I DIDNT . . .

    I suppose with some imagination it would be possible to service all kinds of brakes like this. . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by moteor View Post
    Hi hello and thankyou for looking at my first post.

    As a big believer in a bit of do it yourself, and saving a few quid ($), ~I though of a better way to spend /$ 20 than sending to the manufacturer of our beloved disk brake manufacturers! I have a pair of Magura Julies and a pair of Shimano Deors - not great but I am poor! I thought to get the brakes serviced I would have to spend some to get a tiny bottle of fluid and an easy ride - but why do it the easy way!

    I made my own bleed kit by visiting a car garage, and a pharmacy! Here's what I did:

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    1) I visited the pharmacy or drug store for a large syringe ( they cost me a donation to the local charity) although you may need to pay them.

    2) Then to the local car garage for some more supplies! I bought a length of windscreen washer hose (M5) and a bottle of mineral oil.

    3) WARNING - To void your brake warranty allways fill your brakes with non - specific random oil - a sure way to get rid of that pesky manufacturers guarantee!! so always use the Manufacturers recomended oil, unless you care less or the waranty is expired and your feeling adventurous . . .

    4) I use the automobile trades own oil for my brakes - I think as a rule most use mineral oil because the DOT Type can be corrosive, but have a look for a suitable replacement online, to see what peops have done with theirs. Personally I am using Ferodo LHM+ Mineral Fluid for Hydraulic Systems, compatible for Citroen, also Jaguar oil is good too I've heard.

    5) I used the red cap from a tube of UniBond sealant, like the ones you use in a skellington gun. I also used a 5M standard thread bolt, and drilled a 3M hole through it with my hand drill. I clamped it in a vice and then drilled through the middle and ground off the head. This gave me the sized fitting for the bleed valve screw.

    I stuck it all together and ended up with a bleed kit that is really great, and for the same price I have a load more oil to flush out the system properly!


    Thankyou for your interest!
    Anyway you could throw me a link to where I can find the syringe to fit the 2mm hosing?

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    Any photo of the DIY bleed kit?

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