The other day while washing our latest acquisition (a '96 Softail Springer), we were hitting the wheels with some cleaner when we noticed that the black on the stock front and rear calipers was pretty bland compared to the gloss-black frame. The more we stared, the more we noticed how the stock front and rear caliper brackets weren't even the same finish; the front was sort of a polished finish, while the back was the same rough black as the calipers. And the brake lines, well, they didn't really match, either-the front was a combination of rubber and hard lines, and the back was all rubber. On top of all that, the front brake pads were showing quite a bit of wear. Never willing to put our lives in the hands of worn brake pads and not happy with the mismatched finishes, we decided it was time to upgrade the looks and performance of the Springer's braking system.
While searching the Internet for new calipers and some brake lines, we came across two websites that had exactly what we were looking for and provided all the pertinent information necessary to order online without even having to pick up the phone. The first site we hit was www.jaybrakeoriginals.com. Jaybrake is known for producing clean, high-quality, billet-aluminum calipers in a wide selection of styles. Aside from offering an assortment of four- and six-piston calipers for bolt-on applications, the company also offers its dual- and quad-series calipers with a variety of brackets for stock or custom applications. Best of all, Jaybrake offers all calipers and brackets in polished, chrome, or black-anodized finishes. While cruising around the website, we found it very easy to find exactly what we needed for the Springer. We were able to download the company's online catalog, which had a list of all the calipers and brackets, which applications they fit, and the part numbers, all of which made replacing our stock components a breeze.
After we ordered the calipers and brackets, we began looking for new brake lines and found Magnum Shielding (www.magnumshielding.com). Nothing looks better than chrome. Magnum Shielding knows this very well and therefore has developed a patented technology to create highly durable brake lines with an exclusive braid that looks like chrome. But Magnum doesn't just make brake lines; the company also offers clutch and throttle cables to give your bike a uniform and detailed look. After clicking on the link for brake lines, we found that all we had to do to find the right lines was perform a search by bike. After entering the year and model of our bike, a window popped up showing the front and rear lines we needed, along with information on the lengths, fitting angles, and price of each line.
After ordering all our parts, it was just a few days before several packages arrived at our door. Then it was time to swap the stock for new.