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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-13-2017, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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GL1800 front brake drag

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I have an 07 GL1800 with dragging front brakes. With wheel suspended, I get about 1/4 revolution. After a short ride, with no brake use, the rotors are almost too hot to touch. The rear tire spins freely, and the brake recall has been done. The drag did not disappear with opening the bleed screws, so I concluded it was an issue with the caliper. As well, the right caliper seems worse than the left.

So, I rebuilt both calipers (new seals and pistons) and cleaned the m/c - the problem persists...

I cant see how - but can one screw up a caliper rebuild??

Any guidance would be appreciated, but if you can't fix it long distance for me, I'm never coming back.

John

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Welcome to the forum. Someone knowledgeable will be along shortly. I suspect you may have a warped rotor(s) or a hydraulic lock.

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First of all, welcome to the forum.

Has there been any other work done to the bike recently, i.e new front tire?

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@NREMTP - Rotors are true. I opened the bleed screws to see if there was hydraulic pressure - it did not seem to make any difference.
@Cantankerous - No recent work.

It seems to involve the front brake circuit...
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So, the front tire has not been removed prior to this problem. Is that correct? If the tire had been removed and replaced and then the problem started, I suspect that the two spacers on the axle have been reversed. They are of different sizes and if the one on the left gets put where the right one should be, you will have very big problems. You can get the wheel on with this reversal but you will have severe rotor and brake drag. I would check the placement of the axle spacers. ...Isaac
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Did you clean the pin that the calipers slide on?
If the calipers do not freely float on that pin it will not let it fully retract.
When you took out the pads, was one pad of either set more worn than the other, if so, symptom of above.
Did you go through the entire brake bleed sequence in careful order? Wings are notoriously picky on the order of the brake bleeding.

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@DreamWeaver - Yes, I had considered the possibility that I flipped the tire, but the spacers are in the right spot.

@dsurley - Caliper glide pins are clean and the calipers appear to float as they should. The pads in both calipers are evenly worn on both. Yes - bleed sequence was followed - however, I am unclear how air in the system would prohibit retraction.
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[QUOTE=CChowdher;1970465] @DreamWeaver - Yes, I had considered the possibility that I flipped the tire, but the spacers are in the right spot.

Are you positive about this? I think the larger one goes on the drivers side and the smaller one on the passenger side. I would make sure about their placement. I have reversed them inadvertently and put everything back together and spinning the tire, caught the mistake by noting that the tire would only spin about a quarter of a turn before binding up. The spacers fall out when the tire is removed so reversing them is an easy mistake to make. I would surly check this before you go nuts on something else. ......Just a suggestion.....Isaac

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@DreamWeaver - yes, I am sure. Confirmed with manual.
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@DreamWeaver - yes, I am sure. Confirmed with manual.
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