1500 Uneven Front Brake Wear


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1500 Uneven Front Brake Wear

Postby am3098 » Fri Aug 05, 2016 10:26 pm



I replaced the front brake pads on my 1500 today and noticed that the pads on the left side had about 50% more wear than the pads on the right. Is this normal? If memory serves me correct, the right front caliper is actuated by the rear brake pedal due to the linked brakes. For a while now, I've thought my brake pedal was a little soft; I've bled the brakes and even had a mechanic take a look at it and he thought it was OK. He said that one reason the brake pedal may feel different is because it's an aftermarket pedal which is part of the Markland floorboard kit I have on the bike.

Would a bad or weak master cylinder for the rear brake cause a softer pedal and/or account for the uneven pad wear on the front? Any other ideas?


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Re: 1500 Uneven Front Brake Wear

Postby dingdong » Sat Aug 06, 2016 6:55 am

Actually on the 1500 the front lever operates the right side caliper. I would suspect that you use the foot brake more than the front lever. Not sure why and if there is a problem with the rear master if you have bled the rear brakes properly. Correct sequence for bleeding is left front caliper first then the rear caliper.
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Re: 1500 Uneven Front Brake Wear

Postby MikeB » Sat Aug 06, 2016 12:02 pm

There is also the possibility that you inadvertently rest your right toe on the brake pedal while you ride. This of course will show in quicker rear brake wear as well. Did you happen to take a look at the condition of the rear brake pads?
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Re: 1500 Uneven Front Brake Wear

Postby am3098 » Sat Aug 06, 2016 8:48 pm

Rear brakes are getting replaced tomorrow; I'll take a good look at them. With the Markland floorboards, I actually have to lift my foot off the board and rest my heal on a heel rest to use the brake pedal, so it's highly unlikely that I would be resting my foot on the brake pedal.
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Re: 1500 Uneven Front Brake Wear

Postby FM-USA » Sat Aug 06, 2016 10:03 pm

The connected front & rear brakes do have more brake line that needs bleeding.
Some here have trouble getting all that air out. Any air in the system when it gets hot expands some. Quite possible that is making the braked drag a smidgen. As you said, you'll find out tomorrow on rear brake inspection.

Quite possible you're using the pedal more than the front brake without thinking about it. I know I do, I keep catching myself. I prefer to use just the front brake as much as possible. That's because brake pad replacement its one caliper, not 2 or all 3.


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