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Old 04-06-2013, 08:15 PM   #1
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Wink Xr200 drum brakes pro cons

Hi im 14 im thinking of getting this 2003 xr200 so i can go riding with my dad im wondering about the pros and cons of drum brake thanks -carson
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:52 PM   #2
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They stop the bike. , require some adjustment on occasion that discs don't , A bit more labor to replace when worn out, but they tend to last a long time. Not quite as effective as discs, but will be more than adequate for a XR200.

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Old 04-07-2013, 08:27 AM   #3
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:36 PM   #4
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It will do the job well, especially if you ride trails or in dirt. I've found that a drum brake is less prone to locking up than a disc brake (on a dirt bike). As mentioned earlier, you have to keep them adjusted (its simple, youu just turn the adjuster when necessary). Replacing the shoes isn't too tough, but you won't have to do that very often, either.

If it was a straight street bike, you might prefer a disc over a drum brake. But if you are riding off-road at all, it won't matter at all.
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:45 PM   #5
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try to stay our of deep water. and ride it around the yard or something for a few minuets after you wash it. if you do find your self getting into deep mud and water at some point, when you get home pull the wheels off and clean the brakes out. this is the one big weakness of drum brakes, also when it's time to replace them get a good set with the dust grooves cut into them, I run EBC brand on my 82 XL500R, they may squeal some on the rear. It's not uncommon so dont let it freak you out they also will have a little mark that once the lever the adjustment is on twist and lines up with the pads are gone. it's a little triangle on the brake hub.
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:58 PM   #6
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Drum brakes will be fine. That's what everything used to have including cars. Street and dirtbikes would still be ok with drum rears. A lot of cars still are.
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