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I'm pretty used to riding a motorcycle with front brake on the right hand, and know this is not the 'standard' setup for bicycles, but how can I change it so that my right hand is the front brake on a already sealed avid juicy 5 system?
 

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As long as you have enough....

brake line it's a simple swap. Pull the spit clamp swap the levers and reinstall the clamps. There is a small arrow on the clamp, make sure that the arrow is pointing up. Tighten the top bolt to torque so there is no gap, then tigthen the bottom bolt to the same toqure. Check that the bars spin at least a full 180 or as far as your fork or bar will allow without binding the rear brake line. You're good to go. If the front and/or rear line is too short you'll need to install new line. That's the nice thing about the Avids, they're a flip-flop desing and will operate correctly in either position. The only other option is to pull the brake lines and swap them between levers, then bleed the brakes.

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ah...thanks for the info, not sure which is the spit clamp is, but i can technically swap the lines in the two levers without having to rebleed? the lines will ok for length since the front line goes to the left, will be routed right, no additional length needed, and the rear line will go from the right to the left, no additional line needed
 

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I think what Squash means is that the levers can be moved to either side without removing the hose from the levers IF the hose is long enough.
That's the nice thing about the Avids, they're a flip-flop desing and will operate correctly in either position
 

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The Avid Juicy 5 cylinders are interchangeable and can be used on the left or right side. You don't have to change anything except swap the lever assemblies.
 

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darnelli said:
ah...thanks for the info, not sure which is the spit clamp is, but i can technically swap the lines in the two levers without having to rebleed? the lines will ok for length since the front line goes to the left, will be routed right, no additional length needed, and the rear line will go from the right to the left, no additional line needed
The lines do not need to be swaped. The levers can simply be moved from one side to the other. If you remove the lines you WILL have to rebleed the brakes. Unless they are very old J5s there should be two bolts holding the clamp together on each lever. That's called a "split clamp". It allows you to remove the master cylinder/lever assembly without removing grips, shifters etc. The master cylinders and resivouirs are not position specific and will work perfectly on either side of the bar.

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I reversed my elixers this way. Just undo the clamps, remove your grips, and swap them.
The hoses are more than long enough and there is no top or bottom orientation to worry
about. It drives my mechanic nuts as she always grabs the wrong brake when she is working
on my bike. She said that front brake on the right is European style. I also did it because that
is how I have ridden my motorcycles for the last 25 years.
 

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Baine said:
I reversed my elixers this way. Just undo the clamps, remove your grips, and swap them.
The hoses are more than long enough and there is no top or bottom orientation to worry
about. It drives my mechanic nuts as she always grabs the wrong brake when she is working
on my bike. She said that front brake on the right is European style. I also did it because that
is how I have ridden my motorcycles for the last 25 years.
LOL! Yes it does make mechanics a bit crazy. We've got a couple of customers at the shop that run their brakes moto style and it makes use a little loopy when we work on their bikes too. :D

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ah ok, simple, thanks for the help, the switch was a piece of cake

yea running them for the motostyle, too used to having a front brake as the right lever
 
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