front brake issue


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lpwing
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Motorcycle: 1979 gl1000, 1988 gl1500, 2001 gl1800, 1984 shadow 700, 1984 magna vf700c

front brake issue

Postby lpwing » Mon May 09, 2016 12:12 pm



My 79 gl1000 is having front brake issues for a while now. I reversed bled the system and nothing improved.I did the caliper adjustment that was in my cleymer book, but nothing improved. But I now I have noticed if I loosen the allen wrench bolts on the caliper that my brake improved alot. I really don't want to ride the bike this way. Please help because I don't understand what is going on.



SnoBrdr
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Re: front brake issue

Postby SnoBrdr » Mon May 09, 2016 12:48 pm

lpwing wrote:My 79 gl1000 is having front brake issues for a while now. I reversed bled the system and nothing improved.I did the caliper adjustment that was in my cleymer book, but nothing improved. But I now I have noticed if I loosen the allen wrench bolts on the caliper that my brake improved alot. I really don't want to ride the bike this way. Please help because I don't understand what is going on.


Have you ever rebuilt the calipers.

Could be the slides are sticking.

lpwing
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Motorcycle: 1979 gl1000, 1988 gl1500, 2001 gl1800, 1984 shadow 700, 1984 magna vf700c

Re: front brake issue

Postby lpwing » Mon May 09, 2016 1:51 pm

SnoBrdr wrote:
lpwing wrote:My 79 gl1000 is having front brake issues for a while now. I reversed bled the system and nothing improved.I did the caliper adjustment that was in my cleymer book, but nothing improved. But I now I have noticed if I loosen the allen wrench bolts on the caliper that my brake improved alot. I really don't want to ride the bike this way. Please help because I don't understand what is going on.


Have you ever rebuilt the calipers.

Could be the slides are sticking.

I have never rebuilt the calipers on my Goldwing. Also what are the slides.

SnoBrdr
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Re: front brake issue

Postby SnoBrdr » Mon May 09, 2016 2:33 pm

lpwing wrote:
SnoBrdr wrote:
lpwing wrote:My 79 gl1000 is having front brake issues for a while now. I reversed bled the system and nothing improved.I did the caliper adjustment that was in my cleymer book, but nothing improved. But I now I have noticed if I loosen the allen wrench bolts on the caliper that my brake improved alot. I really don't want to ride the bike this way. Please help because I don't understand what is going on.


Have you ever rebuilt the calipers.

Could be the slides are sticking.

I have never rebuilt the calipers on my Goldwing. Also what are the slides.


The slides are on the top and bottom of each side of the caliper, it's where the ears of the pads sit.

They "slide" in and out with the help of the piston.

They could be hanging due to all the crud that builds up on them over 36 years of use.

When you bled the system did you get fluid out of both calipers?

After 36 years the hoses have a tendency to collapse on the inside.

They may "look" fine but do not operate properly.

This is why most replace the old with stainless steel hoses.

lpwing
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Re: front brake issue

Postby lpwing » Mon May 09, 2016 3:10 pm

SnoBrdr wrote:
lpwing wrote:
SnoBrdr wrote:
Have you ever rebuilt the calipers.

Could be the slides are sticking.

I have never rebuilt the calipers on my Goldwing. Also what are the slides.


The slides are on the top and bottom of each side of the caliper, it's where the ears of the pads sit.

They "slide" in and out with the help of the piston.

They could be hanging due to all the crud that builds up on them over 36 years of use.

When you bled the system did you get fluid out of both calipers?

After 36 years the hoses have a tendency to collapse on the inside.

They may "look" fine but do not operate properly.

This is why most replace the old with stainless steel hoses.

I know what your talking about now. I will clean the slides and the holes then lube them with some brake lube. If that doesn't work I will look for some new hose. Thanks for the advice snobrdr




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