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post #1 of 2 Old 10-02-2008, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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Horrible front brake noise

My KLR650 makes a horribly loud moaning/squealing noise when I apply the front brake any more than 20% effort. The pads were replaced (EBC) less than 2k miles ago. I find myself applying only the rear brake because the noise is so loud and embarrassing. Any ideas?
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post #2 of 2 Old 10-02-2008, 11:16 PM
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I had (have) the same problem. Remove the brake pads and taper them using emery cloth. The taper should be wider at the entry part of the brake pad.

Looking from the brake caliper side the rotor rotates upward or into the lower part of the brake caliper. This part of the brake pads should be wider or thinner tan the other end of the brake pads.

I learned this when I installed a 320mm brake rotor and it howled terribly. The neighbors had a new baby so I removed the rotor. The EBC brake pads are supposedly very good though do have a history of squeeling or howling. My rear barke occasionally howls.

another answer is to get a softer brake pad though it will wear faster and might stop less efficiently.


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