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Old 06-04-2013, 06:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Speed Bleeder size for V8 Esprit, AP Racing brakes

I want to get Speed Bleeders for my 2000 Esprit V8 with AP Racing brakes. Also would like one for the clutch slave.

Only size reference I could find in the archives is from MrDangerous calling up P/N SB3824SS (3/8" X 24, 1.29" long). I think his car is an '89, with Brembo brakes?

Would this be the correct size for my AP Racing brakes as well? Would I need the same size for the clutch slave?

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Old 06-04-2013, 08:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Speed Bleeders are junk.

Get a Motive Power Bleeder instead. I picked one of these up for the first brake job I did on my Lotus and was kicking myself for not buying one years ago. It seriously makes the job super easy.
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AP and Brembo usually use a 10mmx1.0mm thread for the bleed nipples.
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Excellent! Thanks Travis. Will give one a try.

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make sure the nipple threaded portion is long enough, otherwise it won't bottom out on the conical portion and you'll have leaks. Longer is ok, shorter is not.
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Thanks Travis. Very helpful. Thread size on my car is as you provided.

The Speed Bleeder web site brings up two lengths in the 10 mm x 1 mm thread size. I was able to get both lengths locally today.

Short: P/N SB1010S M10 X 1.0, overall length 1.23" (31.35mm)
Long: P/N SB1010 M10 X 1.0, overall length 1.35" (34.44mm)

The AP Racing front calipers use the long (two per side required).
The rear calipers use the short (one per side required).
The clutch slave bleed screw in my car more closely matched the long, but seeing it in place I think the short would seat correctly and not leave exposed threads. Haven't tried yet as it is a bit of a pain to reach. Based on your advise, I think I will just leave the long one in place.

Just need to get another long set to complete the fronts. Each box contains two Speed Bleeder screws.

Thanks again.

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...Get a Motive Power Bleeder instead. I picked one of these up for the first brake job I did on my Lotus and was kicking myself for not buying one years ago. It seriously makes the job super easy.
Thanks for the tip. Looks like just the thing, Ordered one from eBay today and should be here in a week or two.

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