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post #1 of 6 Old 03-11-2009, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
 
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Sticky Brake Calipers

I recently changed my front brakes to Gafers and after completing the replacement to the new pads they rub on the disk and they won't completely release. The front wheel does not free wheel at all on the center stand. When I push the pucks back in place, did I need to remove some brake fluid?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 6 Old 03-11-2009, 08:59 PM
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That's normal, since the new pads aren't broken into the old disk.
Go out and do some subtle braking, making sure you don't hammer on them. Just go out and ride, and use the brake to make it drag a bit..

When you get back you'll find that they're as they should be.. And there should be a slight amount of drag on them, since it's the pressure against the disk that's returning them to the static state.

I think you'll find they're fine.
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Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I appreciate your help.

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post #4 of 6 Old 03-12-2009, 08:53 AM
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Also...make sure the pads move freely inside the caliper..mine were getting huing up or pinched due to improper sizing and I need to grind some of the metal off and allow them to float a bit. Works like their supposed to now..perfect! Don't grind too much off...just enough for the pad to sit easily in their area in the caliper.

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post #5 of 6 Old 03-12-2009, 04:53 PM
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you my aslo need to lube the slide pin that the cal. ride on

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post #6 of 6 Old 03-13-2009, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
 
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stick brakes

Thanks for all your help. Re essembled the brake with the above suggestions and it now works fine. There is a little bit of drag but I assume that is normal. The back pad when pretty straight forward and work great.

Once again, thanks for all you help,

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