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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-12-2019, 01:29 AM Thread Starter
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Cicada noise after getting new tires and brakes

OK, I got new front brakes and tires on a 2003 gl1800ABS. Rode it home and noticed a sounds,sounded like cicadas in a tree, coming from the bike. Called the dealer where I had everything done. They said that was typical as the brake pads were new and shaping to the rotors. Now I know to a degree that is true, but shouldn't that change if I tap the brake? I mean it changes if I slow down in general. But I would think tapping the brakes would stop it for that moment..
BUT I don't know.
Has anyone every heard this noise? It's not the regular gold wing engine whine. I am familiar with that one now. 😉
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-12-2019, 08:37 AM
Did they get the left front caliper aligned properly? I got my bike back after front seal replacement and this was not done. If not aligned correctly the brake rotor can rub on the caliper body. The left lower fork may need to be moved in or out to center rotor in caliper, this should be done before you tighten the pinch bolts on the axle. NOTE: on mine the index line on axle is almost completely hidden when centered.

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I would have to agree with Jim's assessment, but in part. The other thing is what brand of tires did they put on the bike and what pressures front and rear? Tire road noise is often a complaint due to the extreme quiet nature of Goldwings. Just a thought...
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Did they get the left front caliper aligned properly? I got my bike back after front seal replacement and this was not done. If not aligned correctly the brake rotor can rub on the caliper body. The left lower fork may need to be moved in or out to center rotor in caliper, this should be done before you tighten the pinch bolts on the axle. NOTE: on mine the index line on axle is almost completely hidden when centered.

https://www.manualslib.com/manual/67...age=165#manual

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Don't they leave all that stuff on and remove the wheel?
I would assume they do that for tire replacement instead of taking the brakes off?
And the pads- do they remove the calipers and forks just to replace pads?
I know I may sound like a noob, but when I changed the pads on my busa I didn't have to do that to change the pads so forgive my ignorance.

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I would have to agree with Jim's assessment, but in part. The other thing is what brand of tires did they put on the bike and what pressures front and rear? Tire road noise is often a complaint due to the extreme quiet nature of Goldwings. Just a thought...
I don't think it's road noise. Too high pitched.
BUT it could be. I'm learning.

I'll check tire pressure later.

Thanks for your help as well!

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Don't they leave all that stuff on and remove the wheel?
I would assume they do that for tire replacement instead of taking the brakes off?
And the pads- do they remove the calipers and forks just to replace pads?
I know I may sound like a noob, but when I changed the pads on my busa I didn't have to do that to change the pads so forgive my ignorance.

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Front wheel requires at least the right caliper to be removed when removing the wheel. Most techs remove both calipers though to prevent damage to the wheel.
As far as pads, neither the front or rear wheel needs to be removed. He had tires installed also.
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Don't they leave all that stuff on and remove the wheel?
AS "bcihil" said at least the right caliper must be removed. Then in order to remove front wheel the axle must be pulled from within the wheel and thru lower fork legs. When reassembling the axle is slide back thru fork legs and front wheel assembly. Before the pinch bolts on left lower fork are tightened is when the alignment is needed to center left side brake caliper.
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Tire pressure looks good. The caliper at quick glance looks ok. Meaning the spacing looks consistent on the pad. Is there something special i should check to verify?
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Tire pressure looks good. The caliper at quick glance looks ok. Meaning the spacing looks consistent on the pad. Is there something special i should check to verify?
Here is a picture of caliper body with pads in. The clearance of caliper body needs to be very close to the same on each side of rotor. Very hard to see the top area of caliper, front fender off is best.
This shows only one side of left rotor but both sides need equal clearance.
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Took off the plastic cover

I took off the plastic to see the caliper and really can't see the top part. I took pictures. Maybe someone can see better than I can because they know what to look for. From what i can deduce, if the caliper was at an angle, the visible pad would look like it was at an angle. thoughts?
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