Brake Issues


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ford8520
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Brake Issues

Post by ford8520 » Fri Sep 28, 2018 1:44 pm



Been a while since i have been on the 1997 wing but got on to move it and the front brake handle depressed all the way without any tension. Also foot break pedal weak as well. Guessing that they need to be bled? if so, any step by step? thanks for any suggestions.



bcarnold
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Re: Brake Issues

Post by bcarnold » Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:50 am

How long has it been since you were on the bike?
You could try to bleed the system, but instead of wasting time you might consider rebuild the cylinders if you intend on riding the bike
Most likely the seals are bad and should be replaced.

Just like your car, they have a limited life

ford8520
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Re: Brake Issues

Post by ford8520 » Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:01 am

Thank you for the advice, time to rebuild.

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Re: Brake Issues

Post by tomk1960 » Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:12 am

Are there any oily spots on the floor next to the tires? The fact that the pedal and lever go all the way in with no pressure makes me wonder if most of the fluid has leaked out. I agree that it might be rebuild time. In any case, here is my YouTube video on bleeding brakes:



No special tools needed and it works every time. I'm not exactly what your calipers look like, but they're probably similar to the ones in me caliper rebuilding video, so check that out too.



Keep us posted on your progress.

Tom

ford8520
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Re: Brake Issues

Post by ford8520 » Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:38 am

No oil or any symptom of leaks, I appreciate your help

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Re: Brake Issues

Post by DaveO430 » Sat Sep 29, 2018 3:59 pm

Bleed them, if they hold pressure and don't stick the calipers are fine. I have taken apart, cleaned out and put together multitudes of old calipers without replacing any seals and they all have worked just fine, never had one fail yet.

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Re: Brake Issues

Post by WingAdmin » Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:55 pm

tomk1960 wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:12 am
Are there any oily spots on the floor next to the tires? The fact that the pedal and lever go all the way in with no pressure makes me wonder if most of the fluid has leaked out. I agree that it might be rebuild time. In any case, here is my YouTube video on bleeding brakes:



Keep us posted on your progress.

Tom
Nice VF1000F. Looks like an 85 or so? I had an 84 VF750F. Loved that bike...

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Re: Brake Issues

Post by tomk1960 » Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:16 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:55 pm
Nice VF1000F. Looks like an 85 or so? I had an 84 VF750F. Loved that bike...
That was my '84 VF1000F. I sold it last spring after enjoying it for a few years. It wasn't super comfortable on the wrists for long rides, but man, that bike rocked! It was very quick in it's day and is even now. I put a lot of work into that one and the new owner is loving it.

I have an '86 VFR750F that's in the restoration queue for next spring. That one will outhandle the VF1000F and will be almost as quick with the second generation engine and aluminum frame.

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Re: Brake Issues

Post by Happytrails » Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:25 am

WingAdmin wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:55 pm

Nice VF1000F. Looks like an 85 or so? I had an 84 VF750F. Loved that bike...

I had an 86 VFR750F and really miss it. :)


1991 GL1500 SE Anniversary Edition
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