frozen brake caliper remedy


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ritewing9
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Motorcycle: 1981 gl500 silverwing interstate,1982 gl1100 goldwing interstate

frozen brake caliper remedy

Postby ritewing9 » Mon Sep 05, 2011 6:34 pm



A couple of years ago, when I bought my '81 gl500 silverwing; The front caliper pistons were frozen. I tried everything to get them loosened up, to no avail. This bike had been sitting uncovered for about 6 years. I did not pay much for the bike, but, I did not have the money to buy new or even used calipers. So, I drilled a 3/8" hole in the back center of the piston cylinder and pressed the piston out. To my surprise, the seals were in good shape, but pistons and the bore were kinda rough. So I cleaned them up with 220 and 400 grit wet/dry paper. Then I used a 7/16 tap and threaded the 3/8 hole. I cut off a 7/16 bolt to the length I needed and got a 7/16 neoprene washer and a 7/16 fender washer and screwed it into the hole. This bike has dual piston calipers on both right and left front. I could not free up any of them so I had to do them all. It has been about 20 months since I did this, and both calipers are still working fine.

Just thought someone might like to know that you can save some of those old calipers.
I just did the same thing with the left front caliper on this gl1100 I just bought. I have complete confidence that they will work great. Now, all I have to do is get the motor unfrozen,,,,well, not all :lol:



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RBGERSON
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Re: frozen brake caliper remedy

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:54 am

what's everything????
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
RB

ritewing9
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Re: frozen brake caliper remedy

Postby ritewing9 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 11:44 am

RBGERSON wrote:what's everything????


Well. Bike needs gas tank sealed with that stuff, mufflers were cut apart at header pipe, they will have to be welded back together. Electrical will need to be gone over. Need a battery. new tires. Seat covered. Heads and valves need to be cleaned up and checked out. needs starter and probably a few other things I can't think of :?:
It is just another project that has a lot of life in it.
You know how it is! :)

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Re: frozen brake caliper remedy

Postby thrasherg » Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:51 pm

ritewing9 wrote:
RBGERSON wrote:what's everything????


Well. Bike needs gas tank sealed with that stuff, mufflers were cut apart at header pipe, they will have to be welded back together. Electrical will need to be gone over. Need a battery. new tires. Seat covered. Heads and valves need to be cleaned up and checked out. needs starter and probably a few other things I can't think of :?:
It is just another project that has a lot of life in it.
You know how it is! :)


Sounds like it will keep you out of trouble for a while!! :) We all need some little projects to keep us sane.. :lol:

Gary




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