First Brake Job


Information and questions on GL1200 Goldwings (1984-1987)
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Phunnybone
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First Brake Job

Postby Phunnybone » Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:41 pm



Bought my 1200 GL LTD after it had been sitting for three years. Rear caliper was frozen. Ordered the rebuild kit from partsnmore. Didn't take too long - longer to take off all the chrome that needed to come off than to actually do the caliper. While I was there I went ahead and replaced the pads even though they probably didn't need it.

Long story short, she's back together and the rear wheel turns freely while in neutral. The previous owner worked on the front calipers right before I got her, but the front wheel isn't spinning as freely as I'd like. As it seems to catch only on one side of the rotor, I'm thinking it may be time for a new rotor. Question is . . . right or left? I can't quite tell. I'll find out soon enough when I run her down the road.



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Re: First Brake Job

Postby seabee_ » Fri Jun 08, 2012 9:57 pm

The 1200 has linked brakes, meaning rear brake and right front operate off the pedal. Left front operate off the lever. If the rear is ok then the right front is probably ok. Crack the bleeder on the left front and see if it releases pressure and the wheel turns. If so, then you will probably have to clean out the bleed back return hole in the front master cylinder. Post back your results.
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Re: First Brake Job

Postby zamboni920 » Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:40 pm

There's also a detailed procedure for adjusting the front wheel so the rotors aligns between the pads on both calipers. Clymer's manual has the procedure, not sure about Haynes. Fairly simple to do.


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