Front Braking Power


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eklimek
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Front Braking Power

Postby eklimek » Sun May 01, 2011 1:58 pm



Setting as below: 81 - single piston calipers (new to me at 39,000 kilos) and no previous Goldwing experience to compare to. Rebuilt all calipers and master cylinders (Thanks for all the DIY articles). Rear brake OK-

Front brake seems inadequate. ...

Front brake holds from standstill. Heats up symmetrically in use. No fluid leaks. Multiple bleeding procedures, no bubbles and master cylinder hand lever is firm. (Does not reach hand grip with full grip.) Did not replace pads - appear recent, symmetric and thick both sides discs and both sides wheel. Cleaned scrupulously with brake cleaner. Both front discs within specs, not grooved. Have replaced front master with spare parts-bike door. No difference.

Question #1 - Is this as good as it gets? Can one actually lock up the front wheel on 81 Goldwing? Is this just "new brakes" and do they burn in?

Question #2- Thinking of replacing pads (just in case). Brake pads item image as listed at Partsnmore does not accord with original. Other source for pads?

Thanks.



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Re: Front Braking Power

Postby WingAdmin » Sun May 01, 2011 3:51 pm

The 81 has single-piston calipers on the front, and while my 82 has dual-piston calipers, it still has more than enough power to lock the front wheel (I've done it) - and that's with the aftermarket EBC brake pads that are sold at partsnmore.

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Re: Front Braking Power

Postby eklimek » Fri May 06, 2011 2:25 pm

After a second round of rebuilding with new pistons and pads it's much improved. Thanks again for this web site.

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Re: Front Braking Power

Postby WingAdmin » Fri May 06, 2011 2:33 pm

Without question the single best upgrade I made to my Goldwing was to put stainless braided brake lines on it. The difference in braking power and "sharpness" was incredible - the old sponginess is gone, and the brakes are sharp, powerful and easy to modulate.

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Re: Front Braking Power

Postby clevelandtim » Sun May 08, 2011 7:56 am

This has probably been covered before, but who do you recomend for the braided lines? I'm in need of lines and a possible rebuild on my calipers.
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Re: Front Braking Power

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 09, 2011 9:25 am

I used Vencowings - certainly not the cheapest available, but they are custom built for your bike, they're high quality, and they fit perfectly. You can find other ones much cheaper if you look around. Some people have had them built custom to fit as well.




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