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Old 07-03-2014, 08:17 PM   #16
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Did you pull the calibers and remove the pads? Could be mud packed around the pads preventing them from moving properly. I know on my mud ride the calipers were packed solid.



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Old 07-05-2014, 07:35 PM   #17
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cleaning brakes

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The last ride I took was a mudfest, and it left some sort of residue on my front brakes that make them almost useless: it's like they're soaking wet all the time.

What would clean rotors & pads, and restore them to their pre-mud effectiveness? Solvent? ScotchBrite?

i'd post a photo, but I won't see the bike until Thursday.
I have never heard of mud doing that , but brake cleaner, and sand paper works wonders
I can't beleive the mud didn't rip the front fender off your bike. I get it now. WE don't have mud like that on the left coast.
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Old 07-05-2014, 10:58 PM   #18
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I just use a wire brush on the pads.
Nope, don't use a wire brush. It will remove the soft material and leave the metal particles (on the semi-metalic pads).

Nope, don't use fine scotchbrite on the disks, you need a rougher surface. A highly polished surface won't coat with material and it will squeal.
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Old 07-10-2014, 12:19 AM   #19
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Apparently, this whole mess was a confluence of completely disparate events happening coincidentally: the right side (in the direction of travel) spacer is just undersized enough to allow a portion of that brake caliper to rub on the rotor & leave a deposit of aluminum.

The shitty braking action was the front brakes mysteriously reverting to their lousy performance of 3 years ago: pump them 4-6 times before they work. WTF??

As near as I can tell, neither had anything to do with the other, or mud, or anything else-- it was all just one big fun coincidence.

A new right-side spacer is on order.

2 motorcycles down with shit front brakes. The restoration of my faith rests on 4LS & Benelli.

Cocksuckers.
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Old 07-11-2014, 12:15 AM   #20
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Apparently, this whole mess was a confluence of completely disparate events happening coincidentally: the right side (in the direction of travel) spacer is just undersized enough to allow a portion of that brake caliper to rub on the rotor & leave a deposit of aluminum.

The shitty braking action was the front brakes mysteriously reverting to their lousy performance of 3 years ago: pump them 4-6 times before they work. WTF??

As near as I can tell, neither had anything to do with the other, or mud, or anything else-- it was all just one big fun coincidence.

A new right-side spacer is on order.

2 motorcycles down with shit front brakes. The restoration of my faith rests on 4LS & Benelli.

Cocksuckers.
Or shitty mechanics.

Bet you didn't have the front wheel installed correctly and it has nothing to do with the spacer. Review how to align the forks.
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Or shitty mechanics.

Bet you didn't have the front wheel installed correctly and it has nothing to do with the spacer. Review how to align the forks.
Gee...thanks.
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