Squeaky brakes


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baird1jr
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Motorcycle: 1981 Honda Goldwing GL1100

Squeaky brakes

Post by baird1jr » Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:56 am



I could use some advice. I'm a third year rider. I bought my first bike, a 1981 Goldwing GL1100, and I love it to pieces. She's in great shape and has given me no hassles other than regular maintenance. As I am not terribly mechanically inclined I took her to a local shop for brakes. They work fine but even after taking her there twice and another shop once her brakes still squeak. The second place replaced dried lines, made sure the calipers were working properly and sanded some of the painted surface off the pads. I do believe the issue comes from the pads themselves. Her rotors are in good shape also. I am doing research on pad types and trying to get as close to stock as possible. I am also reaching out to all you great Wing riders for comments and suggestions please.
Thank you all,
Jason



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Maz
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Re: Squeaky brakes

Post by Maz » Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:38 pm

I've always had success using a smear of copper grease on the back of each pad. Also, try sanding the sharp edges off the pad material all the way round. Are anti-rattle shims fitted to your pads? Are the pads original Honda items? I have a cb500T and if I fit any pads other than Honda ones, the front brake squeals like a stuck pig! Obviously, Honda don't actually make the pads, but whoever does, they work best for me.
Maz
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baird1jr
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Re: Squeaky brakes

Post by baird1jr » Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:23 pm

I'm not sure about the anti-rattle shims. I'll check that out. I replaced the pads so they aren't "Honda" stock pads anymore, that's likely the problem haha. I'm thinking of trying Interstate pads, sanding off any sharp edges and checking into the shims. I want my bike to sound as good as she looks.

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Maz
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Re: Squeaky brakes

Post by Maz » Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:42 pm

baird1jr wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:23 pm
I'm not sure about the anti-rattle shims. I'll check that out. I replaced the pads so they aren't "Honda" stock pads anymore, that's likely the problem haha. I'm thinking of trying Interstate pads, sanding off any sharp edges and checking into the shims. I want my bike to sound as good as she looks.
Don't forget the smear of copper grease on the back of the pads-it dampens vibrations and stops the pad sticking to the piston.
Maz
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Re: Squeaky brakes

Post by DaveO430 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:05 am

Maz wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:42 pm

Don't forget the smear of copper grease on the back of the pads-it dampens vibrations and stops the pad sticking to the piston.
Maz
Also put copper grease or moly paste on the ends of the pads where they contact the bracket.

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Re: Squeaky brakes

Post by DenverWinger » Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:52 am



♫ 99 Little Bugs in the Code, ♪
♪ 99 Bugs in the Code. ♫ :(
♫ Take one down, Patch it around, ♪
♫ 127 Little Bugs in the Code. ♫ ♪ :shock:

~Mark

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