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Well... I installed my new Cycle Cat clip-ons and even with the reservoir spacers I am concerned about how close my coffins come to the risers. So I want to replace my master cylinders and reservoirs. I already know brand names, but I am getting confused by all the different types and sizes. Does anyone have any suggestions for which MCs will work well on a 97 M900 with Cycle Cat (under triple) clip-ons? And also where to purchase them...
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I'm just using regular late model Brembo 13mm Goldlines... Standard on all the recent Ducs before the 999.

No fitment issues with my CC clip-ons.

~$140 from motowheels.com

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If you recommend it then it has to be good... thanks Rev.
 

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Are the Goldlines an actual improvement over the coffins, or do they just look better?
 

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Re: Master Cylinder/reservoir replacements

For the brakes, I can't actually make a quantitaive claim, as I upgraded to a 2 caliper system, new rotors, and pads all at the same time... I'd make the claim that they're a better quality item, though.

On the clutch side, I experienced a significant reduction in effort required at the lever.

If you're looking for a real upgrade, you could roll the extra 100 bones for the Brembo 16x18 or 19x18 GP radial master cylinder, but you'll need a pressure activated brake light switch, as the GPs are race oriented and have no provision for the OEM brake light switch.

The 999-type radial master cylinder is also an outstanding unit (for those who haven't had the chance to ride one, the 999 has amazing brakes right out of the showroom), but because it's an all-in-one design similar to the 'coffin-boxes', I'm not sure if they would address the original problem with the Cycle Cat clip-ons.

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I purchased some run'o'the'mill Goldlines off e-bay. They show up pretty often. Also look on the Ducati Index. You can even find the radials on both of those sites sometimes.

I'm not sure what year the change happened, but at some point the goldline masters went with a verticle v.s. horizontal mounting clamp. Or they went from a horicontal v.s. verticle mount, can't remember. It doesn't really matter, just something to look for if you are picking them up used and you are getting a brake master, and clutch master from 2 seperate sources. You want them to be the same ya know!?
 

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Do those Brembos come with a brake light switch? Can I use the old one?
 

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Yeah, mine came with the switch installed and the correct connector on the wires.

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The 999 style master cylinders are difficult to fit on some clip-ons like Cycle cat which have a raised area for the bars to mount to the clip-on. The reservoir is mounted very low and will not clear the clip on portion.

There are two types of gold line master cylinders. The late model MC with the silver levers are the better. They have bleeders built in to the brake side and a slightly larger pistons.

The GP Master cylinder is the best master cylinder available. You'll get two finger braking and very easy to adjust levers.

The gold line and GP master cylinders will require reservoirs and brake switches.

New 999 and Goldlines come with brake switches. The GP MC will require a switch. We use the small Speiglar brake line pressure switches. Very easy to install since they come pre-wired.

The plastic Brembo reservoirs are inexpensive but they require brackets (available from Ducati for about $20/side). If you have the Cycle Cat clip-ons, you can modify the brackets that are included with the kit and use the brake lines that are included. The billet reservoirs by Rizoma come with universal brackets. We use the Rizoma reservoirs for most installs because they are easy to mount and are very durable.
 

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My Cycle Cat clip-ons did not come with brackets or brake lines.. should it have? Can I order the brackets for the plastic reservoirs from Motowheels or do I really have to try to buy them from Ducati?

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some of the Cycle Cat kit should come with reservoir line and reservoir brackets. Your Monster kit probably did not include it since it was for a coffin type.

Give us a call at the shop (916.369.2509). We can get some for you.
 
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