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I need a diagram of how t reassemble my 05 sportster rear brake master cylinder

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The most likely problem will be the rubber line coming from the splitter leading to the caliper. With age these get soft inside allowing fluid to pass one way easily but not the other. Remove this line and blow through it both ways to insure the fluid can pass both ways. If needed check the line from the master cylinder to the splitter as well.

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SOURCE: diagram for 1984 harley sportster

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SOURCE: need a rear brake master cylinder will an 1980

yes, best as I can remember they both use the Kelsey-Hays type master cylinder. As long as they look the same, they'll work.

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SOURCE: I have a 2003 sportster sport with dual 4 pot

if your hearing a noise like a herd of locus in your front wheel*slight brake drag sound) then that is normal, sadly yes I said that is normal.

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SOURCE: Do you have a diagram

I cannot send pictures, drawings, or schematics via this forum. The best I can do is give you a link to a site that has the drawing you need.

You can print out the drawing is you wish from there.

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Brake system failure

I think brake proportional Valve (or Brake pressure regulator) which usually a part of Master cylinder is suspicious.
It regulates pressure to Front and Rear brake line.

If I were you, I try to draw air from Master-cylinder side (not Caliper side).
(Bleed from connector between Master-cylinder and pipe, same way as caliper. someone keep pushing brake then you lose connector then tight. Don't forget to put towel under master cylinder to catch brake fluid)
If air trapped in Proportional valve (pressure regulator), pressure won't relay to rear brake line but only front side.
Front has two separate line from master cylinder (right and left) but rear goes in one line from master cylinder then separate at rear.

Did you noticed both rear brake dragged when it's hot day ?
Because when air get hot, air expand and pushes to caliper and drag but not respond to your pedal.
(calipers don't respond when you push pedal, but it's pushes calipers by itself even you are not pushing pedal, when it's hot because air expand)
Sometimes, seal get old and lose pressure for only one side (front or rear).

if this happened after you did brake job, or you notice your brake was vapor locked (too much brake on hot day then brake fluid boiled), maybe air bleed and whole fluid change may solve.
if you didn't have any unusual activity but it gradually losing pressure to rear, I suspect master cylinder (proportional valve seal).

Sorry I don't have exact e46 master cylinder diagram but basic diagram, hope you can understand what I am talking about.
Picture shows "leak" but this case "Air" in somewhere in pink.
or lose seal on rear piston.


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How do I replace the rear brake rod from master cylinder to the rear brake pedal

I do not go back as far as 2000 but is the master cylinder right at the brake pedal area or is it rearward like a sportster?? Get me some more descriptive information and I might be able to help somewhat.

If you get your answer please post it in a comment so thers will know and post also if you need to add more information/description etc.

Apr 13, 2012 | 2000 Harley Davidson FXD Dyna Super Glide

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Rear belt driver instalation

To remove and install a rear belt on your Sportster, first take the right foot peg and the brake lever off the bike. Disconnect the rear brake master cylinder and remove it. Take the front belt pulley cover off the engine. Raise the rear of the bike and support it in a safe manner. Remove the rear wheel. Remove the right rear shock absorber. Work the belt off the front pulley and over the right leg of the swingarm. Reassemble in the reverse order and adjust the tension on the new belt. Reinstall the rear brake master cylinder and bleed the brake.

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Sep 05, 2011 | 2006 Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster...

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Brake light is on at all times need a diagram on

You have two brake light switches. One is in the right handlebar switch housing. Make sure your front master cylinder is slid all the way down against the switch housing. Check the lever and pivot pin for wear. If the front brake lever is loose and wobbly, the lever is worn and is not making the switch in the front switch housing. You can move the master cylinder away from the switch housing, move it up on the handlebars, and check the switch. It has a small plunger sticking out that is operated by a flat spot on the lever. The second switch in behind the engine. Find the metal brake line coming out of the rear master cylinder and follow it back towards the rear brake. You'll find a pressure switch in the line. Pull the wires off the pressure switch, if the light stays on, your front brake light switch is keeping it on. If the light goes off, the rear switch is bad, check it with an ohm meter. Contact me directly at and I'll send you a schematic. Remind me of what you need.

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Jul 11, 2011 | 1993 Harley Davidson XLH Sportster 883

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How do I replace the drive belt for my 2003 XLH 1200 Sportster?

Replacing the final drive belt on the Sportster is simple compared to the the Big Twins. All you have to do is disconnect the rear brake master cylinder and take the front pulley cover off. Then take the rear wheel off and the right side shock. Put the new belt on and reassemble the bike. No problem.

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Jun 10, 2011 | Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster Custom...

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How easy is it to rebuild the front brake master cylinder on a 2003 883 Hugger?

Rebuilding the master cylinder is relatively easy. Simply purchase a rebuild kit, take the master cylinder off the bike, Take the lever off and then most of the internal parts will simply come right out. With the internals out, you'll probably need to lightly hone the bore with a flex hone of the proper size. Lubricate the parts and install them just as they came out and reassemble the master cylinder. Then bleed the cylinder, hook up the brake hose on the bike and bleed the brakes at the caliper.

Go here to see an exploded view of your front master cylinder.

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Jan 21, 2011 | 2003 Harley Davidson XLH Sportster 883...

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Noticed the brake light was alwasy on where are

There is a switch on the handlebar brake lever and a pressure switch somewhere along the metal rear brake line. Since they change the location of this pressure switch from time to time and I don't know exactly where it is on your bike, just follow the metal brake line that comes out of the back of your rear brake master cylinder. You'll recognize it when you see it. It will have two or four wires connected to two spade plugs.

If I were a betting man, I'd bet that someone at some time has loosened the master cylinder on the handlebars to adjust something or taken the throttle switch housing loose. The front brake light switch in located inside the throttle switch housing. If the master cylinder and the switch housing are not firmly pushed against each other, the brake lever will not depress the front brake switch when your release the brake. This will cause the brake light to stay on all the time. Loosen the master cylinder clamp bolts and slide the master cylinder and brake lever snuggly against the face of the switch housing. This will probably fix your problem. If not, you'll need to do a little electrical troubleshooting to determine whether the front brake switch or the rear pressure switch is bad. For this, you'll need a Volt Ohm meter and a wiring diagram.
Try the switch first.

Oct 19, 2009 | 2008 Harley Davidson FLHX Street Glide

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How to adjust rear brake/2005 harley 883xl sportster

There is a pedal height adjustment on the right side of the bike. If your brakes are dragging or not applying properly, you have a caliper problem, blocked line, bad master cylinder or mis-adjusted master cylinder plunger.It does have the correct DOT 5 fluid at the recommended level, right?

Apr 27, 2009 | 2005 Harley Davidson XL 883L Sportster

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