front wheel noise

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front wheel noise

Post by sjsburgpa » Sat Aug 06, 2011 7:57 am

just got 02 gl1800 bake from honda / harley dealer had front fork seals replaced nightmare after 2 1/2 weeks there pick up bike and it now makes a intermittant noise the faster you go the faster the noise gets sounds to me like brake pad hits a high spot on rotor any suggestions really would like to neveer go back to that dealer again

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Re: front wheel noise

Post by Coder » Sun Aug 07, 2011 3:48 am

"Center stand" is a bit of a misnomer when applied to Wings, since it isn't really at the center of gravity. That said, if you apply enough weight to the back end while on the center stand, you will lift the front wheel off the floor leaving the bike sitting on the rear wheel and center stand. Bear in mind that it is not as stable like this as it would be with the front wheel on the ground, but you can now spin the front wheel and look for the sound that you are hearing, narrow it down to what the problem really is, then address the problem.

For a high spot to appear on the front rotor would require a lateral force of considerable magnitude hitting at the exact spot on the rotor. Zip down to your local scrapyard with a 14lb sledgehammer and try and dent one of those puppies and you will see what I mean!!! I would be more tempted to look for a bulge in the front tire hitting the frame, or possibly a piece of gravel or similar lodged in the front rotor - maybe your son has been out there and put cards in the spokes? *grin*

Hope that helps!

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Re: front wheel noise

Post by themainviking » Sun Aug 07, 2011 5:40 am

And if it turns out to not be a noise that can be found by spinning the front wheel, you might try going through this discussion on the front end noises of a GL1800: ... f=7&t=7825
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Re: front wheel noise

Post by Ghostman » Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:41 am

Check the clearance between the brake disc and caliper
bracket on each side after installation.
The clearance should be at least 0.7 mm (0.28 in).
If the feeler gauge cannot be inserted easily, loosen
the axle holder bolts and pull the fork outward or
push inward to adjust the clearance. Then tighten
the axle holder bolts to the specified torque.

Note in both cases the manuals are talking about the Bracket to Disk (Rotor) clearance and not the caliper it's self

A lot of times the dealers guys slap the front ends together and dont check the clearance or they just kind of eyeball it. I've a friend who this happened to. We loosened everything and reset the front end according to the manual and the noise went away. The bracket was rubbing.

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