1981 gl 1100front brake caliper

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1981 gl 1100front brake caliper

Post by greenmechine » Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:53 am

i have a problem with my front caliper , just wonder.Can i replace my front caliper with 1984 gl1200 caliper?
on my 81 gl1100 has single but on 84 g l1200 has double . Is double should work better?

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Re: 1981 gl 1100front brake caliper

Post by RBGERSON » Sat Oct 11, 2014 7:32 am

Nope different mounting holes and set bask to the disk. I THINK!!!


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Re: 1981 gl 1100front brake caliper

Post by HawkeyeGL1200 » Sat Oct 11, 2014 4:09 pm

When faced with questions like this, I always think in terms of "Can it be done" or "Should it be done"... So, to answer your question, anything CAN be done. The important part of the answer is, the 1200 parts won't "Just bolt up" to your 1100, as previously mentioned. I'm sure it COULD be done, but I believe you're far better off to find a replacement designed to fit your year model, and use that. I might be inclined to buy a used one, rebuild it and then put it on ...
I am wrong as often as I am right concerning what is wrong with someone else' motorcycle without having seen the machine in person. Guessing with limited information, as to the source of the trouble, is sketchy at best.

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Re: 1981 gl 1100front brake caliper

Post by Hoosier Jack » Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:28 am

My question would be what is the problem with the caliper? They are relatively easy to rebuild, not too expensive and easy to bleed. They can be repaired and repainted and give you good service. Obviously they are not the same as a contemporary brake system, but will haul down the bike. If I were to replace the front brake system I would not go the route of trying to fit another old part. Don't have any idea if there are other options, maybe there are some bolt on forks that would do that trick. Someone else would need to chime in on that.

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