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Bleed front brakes on 93 Honda shadow VT1000, 1 piston was sticking, pulled caliber apart, cleaned pistons, replaced seals, reassembled. now it won't build pressure, got fluid coming out of bleeder valve, but no pressure???

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I have a 1992 Honda Shadow 1100. Trying to change the front brake & have found a pin that I am having trouble removing. Any help on how to remove this to be able to change the brakes. Thanks.

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    Sorry put this in the wrong place! =Z

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You"ll have to get a new piston and start over im afraid...you dont want to mess around with Front brakes.. then add all new dot4...you should only need to pump them four to five times then go ride real slow...once confidence is biult up and you trust the breaks hit about 40mph and genty apply brakes to suff them in the do it again and again for the first day..second day start getting on them a lot harder and then they should be seated perfectly...no glaze!

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