Brakes, really doing my head in now


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Trikerjim
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Brakes, really doing my head in now

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Evening all, again. SO my once non running bike is nearly ready for Mot. But brakes grrrrrrr. I ain't daft, and I know my way around my tools, but I can not get a decent lever on my front or rear. THE story so far, calipers were sticking, so I took hoses off, let all fluid out, popped pistons out, cleaned em up with fine wet n dry, cleaned and greased all sliders, pins and anti squeal plates and re fitted. Flushed all the old fluid out with new fluid. I know the handlebar lever only operates the off side front, but I can get the lever all the way back to the grip, there is resistance , and the wheel locks up , turned by hand but the lever shouldn't come that far back?. I have bled it and bled it some more, cracked the bang off and bled there, on the master cylinder too, bled with caliper off and turned so the nipple is pointing directly upwards but still not proper feel on the lever.
Where am I going wrong? Pads are half worn, not that that should make a difference. Feels like air but am sure bled all of it out, and more. ANY advise great fully recieved. Thanks. JIm



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Re: Brakes, really doing my head in now

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is there any way you can post a photo of how far your handlebar break lever is when you squeeze it and maybe a photo of the front brake caliper showing it gripping the rotor once you squeeze the hand break lever? i need to see how far the caliper piston is extracting and what the pads look like.

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Re: Brakes, really doing my head in now

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cable tie the brake lever back to the handlebar- then make sure the master cylinder is at its highest point - by turning the handlebars in the appropriate direction.
leave it overnight - and give the calipers a bump with a rubber mallet and the master cylinder as well - any air in the lines SHOULD find their way to the top of the master cylinder

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Re: Brakes, really doing my head in now

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Aussie81Interstate wrote:cable tie the brake lever back to the handlebar- then make sure the master cylinder is at its highest point - by turning the handlebars in the appropriate direction.
leave it overnight - and give the calipers a bump with a rubber mallet and the master cylinder as well - any air in the lines SHOULD find their way to the top of the master cylinder
+1 great advise!


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