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Old 10-11-2013, 04:09 PM   #1
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DOT 4 brake fluid recommendations please

I'm about to install the SS Brembos on my 2LT.

I have all the parts or they will be here shortly. So it's time to pick the brake fluid.

I'm planning on DOT4 fluid. The main reason is I live in the hills and deal with pretty steep roads on a twice daily basis.

I see many of the C5 vendors sell Motul 600.

I hear I can't use the ATE blue fluid because of federal laws.

Note: I'll be using Goodridge stainless lines so line decomposition with DOT4 fluid shouldn't be a problem.
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Old 10-11-2013, 04:15 PM   #2
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I plan on going with the Motul RBF600 and will be buying it next month.

I also don't think you can buy the ATE Blue anymore. When the feds jumped in and said it couldn't be blue they and ultimately was only for off road use they decided to stop making it from what I was told.
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Old 10-11-2013, 04:32 PM   #3
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We use Motul RBF 600 brake fluid in our shop and on all of our track cars including our JDP sponsored NASA road race cars. It's good stuff!

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Old 10-11-2013, 05:36 PM   #4
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Castrol SRF is the gold standard by which all other fluids are measured and is the only fluid I use. LCF and RBF cost half as much.


CASTROL SRF


‘Typical’ New Dry Boiling Point = 310C (590F)
‘Wet’ E.R. (Equilibrium Reflux) Boiling Point = 270C (518F)

The ultimate racing brake fluid

Castrol SRF Brake Fluid's unique silicon ester technology absorbs less water than conventional glycol ether fluids and prevents the fluid's high temperature performance from deteriorating. Its wet boiling point of 270C is vastly superior to the minimum requirement of 155C demanded by the current US DOT 4 specification. Its ability to withstand temperatures in excess of 300C and superior resistance to the effects of absorbed water have established Castrol SRF Brake Fluid as the world's premier fluid for the hydraulic brakes used in all forms of motorsport and racing.


Brembo LCF600

‘Typical’ New Dry Boiling Point = 316C (601F)
‘Wet’ E.R. (Equilibrium Reflux) Boiling Point = 204C (399F)

Brembo LCF 600+ exceeds all DOT 4 requirements and is suitable for use in all DOT3, DOT4, and DOT 5.1 brake system applications.

LCF 600+ is an ideal choice for racing or performance use - combining ultra-high dry boiling point, low compressibility, and consistent pedal feel.

IMPORTANT NOTE
DO NOT USE Brembo LCF 600+ fluid in contact with any type of magnesium components (e.g. gearbox / clutch components) as a chemical reaction is caused resulting in gases being generated. This will then prevent the clutch hydraulics from working efficiently.

MOTUL RBF600

‘Typical’ New Dry Boiling Point = 312C (594F)
‘Wet’ E.R. (Equilibrium Reflux) Boiling Point = 216C (421F)

Motul RBF 600 is a 100% synthetic fluid for hydraulic-actuated brake and clutch systems. Specifically designed to resist the high temperatures of actuated (steel or carbon) racing brakes and clutch systems.

Motul RBF 600 far exceeds the standards of DOT 3 and DOT 4.

The RBF 600 container is filled with Nitrogen to increase shelf life and eliminate contamination while factory sealed.
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Old 10-12-2013, 05:15 PM   #5
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Glad I have a stock pile. This stuff is great!

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Old 10-12-2013, 06:14 PM   #6
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Pete, who sells the Castrol and what does it typically cost?
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I use Afco racing HTX, great luck with it. 600 degree boiling point.
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Pete, who sells the Castrol and what does it typically cost?
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I use Afco racing HTX, great luck with it. 600 degree boiling point.
Dry boil temps are flashy, but it is the wet boil temp that should determine which fluid you purchase. HTX is wet is 421.
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:29 PM   #9
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While I swap my 2LT brakes out for the Brembos do you think I can get away with the manual swap/bleed using the Castrol SRF or should I first perform the brake upgrade using GM DOT3 fluid then take it to the dealer (or a shop) where they can do the full swap to the Castrol SRF (purging the ABS, etc.)?

My mechanic friend and I were planning on swapping the calipers, rotors, lines, pads & master cylinder out in my garage.
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While I swap my 2LT brakes out for the Brembos do you think I can get away with the manual swap/bleed using the Castrol SRF or should I first perform the brake upgrade using GM DOT3 fluid then take it to the dealer (or a shop) where they can do the full swap to the Castrol SRF (purging the ABS, etc.)?

My mechanic friend and I were planning on swapping the calipers, rotors, lines, pads & master cylinder out in my garage.
You can do this as a DIY. After you have bled the system with the new calipers engage the abs in a safe place. Then bleed them again.
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You can do this as a DIY. After you have bled the system with the new calipers engage the abs in a safe place. Then bleed them again.
A gravel or dirt road works well for this. Or while it's raining.

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Old 10-14-2013, 06:26 PM   #12
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Thanks guys!

Sorry for asking the same follow-up in two threads...

For the re-bleeding after the bedding procedure, which caliper or is it all of them? How will I know if I've got the fluid that was in the ABS reservoir out?

Also for the bedding procedure how can I be sure I have forced the ABS system to cycle and force it's reservoir fluid into the system?
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