Sticky Brakes


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zwalker63
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Sticky Brakes

Post by zwalker63 » Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:19 pm



I recently bought an 83 gl1100 aspencade for a good price but looking to not spend an arm and a leg to get it in proper working condition, problem is, all 3 of my brake calipers are sticky. Even after loosening bleeder, I had to beat each caliper off with a piece of wood and hammer. I found the full brake rebuild kit for 300 bucks off eBay but that is a bit steep considering I bought the bike for less than that. Any suggestions on how to get brakes in proper working order without breaking the bank??



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Re: Sticky Brakes

Post by Aussie81Interstate » Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:12 pm

Be prepared to put in some labour - not a hard job - and not overly difficult - but time consuming - and you want to do it properly the first time.

You probably just need new seals all round on each caliper, fingers crossed the pistons are not overly pitted or corroded.

Maybe new brake pads if the old ones are worn or contaminated.

Maybe new slider rubber grommets.

And a good flush through with fresh fluid usually helps - possibly new braided lines - but sounds like you don't want to spend a lot of money - so minimum could be new seals it that's the way you want to go.

Longest labour part - probably cleaning the seal grooves and getting them spotless..

have fun

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Re: Sticky Brakes

Post by patbrandon1 » Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:04 am

Great info from Aussie81Interstate.

I'm too lazy to type any more today so I'll just link a couple of How Tos that could be useful.
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viewtopic.php?f=11&t=56

Like Aussie said, with some luck the pistons will be usable. The rest is just some hard work. But it gets you familiar with your ride and forges a great bond when you do these things.

zwalker63
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Re: Sticky Brakes

Post by zwalker63 » Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:32 am

Hey guys, thank you both for the valuable info!

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Re: Sticky Brakes

Post by albinoredneck » Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:38 am

you can get rebuild kits for you cailpers for under $30 each on ebay. I found a set for the 2 front calipers for about $25 on ebay and the rear for around $12. but that was last year. shop around,, don't buy the first ones you see. the kits are pretty basic. 2 o-rings for each piston. 1 fat o-ring and 1 skinny o-ring. some kits have dust covers for the bleeder valve, some have new bolts. some come with new pistons.
also you may want to rebuild your master cylinder(s) as well. and flush your brake lines.
I don't know about your bike but mine has the dual piston calipers on it(all 3 have 2 pistons).



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