Sleeping beauty says, "see, I told you that you could do it!


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Sleeping beauty says, "see, I told you that you could do it!

Postby made2care » Tue Jan 13, 2015 6:38 pm



I completed my first brake caliper rebuild. It was pretty easy, no surprises. But then again, after a water pump replacement, anything would appear to be easy!
The Pistons removal and install was a breeze. I do still have the original lines . I also tied the brake lever overnight and the next day, no spongy feeling.
I painted the caliper with some high heat and fluid resistant paint. Here's a pic.
I would add, that, I initially used an old brake pad when removing the Pistons and then finished with a putty knife. Both popped out easily.
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Cleaned parts
Cleaned parts
All cozy back on bracket
All cozy back on bracket



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Re: Sleeping beauty says, "see, I told you that you could do

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jan 14, 2015 10:31 am

Great job! Looks like new! If you want a huge upgrade, swap out those old brake lines for braided stainless. I guarantee you'll love the difference - it was the single best upgrade I made to my GL1100.

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Re: Sleeping beauty says, "see, I told you that you could do

Postby skier » Thu Jan 15, 2015 7:24 pm

If those are the original pistons, they look great!

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Re: Sleeping beauty says, "see, I told you that you could do

Postby Mspinner » Thu Jan 15, 2015 7:45 pm

WingAdmin wrote:Great job! Looks like new! If you want a huge upgrade, swap out those old brake lines for braided stainless. I guarantee you'll love the difference - it was the single best upgrade I made to my GL1100.


Might be a dumb ?..... But tell what the differences would be. Better response ?

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1987 Honda Goldwing interstate "Sleeping Beauty"- sold
02 kawasaki vulcan 1500 drifter - sold
1997 Honda goldwing SE 1500 - AKA "Black Beard" (current)
1981 GL1100 - "The Wanderer"

Re: Sleeping beauty says, "see, I told you that you could do

Postby made2care » Thu Jan 15, 2015 7:56 pm

skier wrote:If those are the original pistons, they look great!


yes, they are :P Forgot the before pics . they cleaned up nicely.

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Re: Sleeping beauty says, "see, I told you that you could do

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jan 16, 2015 9:14 am

Mspinner wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:Great job! Looks like new! If you want a huge upgrade, swap out those old brake lines for braided stainless. I guarantee you'll love the difference - it was the single best upgrade I made to my GL1100.


Might be a dumb ?..... But tell what the differences would be. Better response ?


The soft "sponginess" goes away completely. There is no vague "brakes engage somewhere between here and here" on the brake lever. The brake lever becomes razor sharp, you can feel exactly where the brakes engage, so you can more easily modulate them. They also become much stronger - instead of your braking effort going into expanding rubber brake hoses, it goes directly into pushing the pistons against the brake discs. The difference was huge.




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