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Old 04-25-2013, 02:03 PM   #1
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Front brake dragging on my '89 Transalp

Hey all, have been having some problems with my front brake. I was riding the other day, and noticed the front brake lever was slightly more depressed than usual, and had a lot more freeplay. Upon further inspection, I noticed the front wheel was experiencing some drag. Anyone know how to fix this?

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Old 04-25-2013, 02:12 PM   #2
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At least.. I always knew KTM made these bikes aswell, instead of Honda:)) haha

However brakes are brakes.. give the calipper and pistons a good clean, grease the sliders (pins?) - they tend to seize , preventing the pads from moving properly - with some copper grease, and see if it gets any better:)
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:44 PM   #3
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Thumpers is the forum for all your Transalp questions, Nappysh.

Orange Crush is for KTM twins.
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:33 PM   #4
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At least.. I always knew KTM made these bikes aswell, instead of Honda:)) haha

However brakes are brakes.. give the calipper and pistons a good clean, grease the sliders (pins?) - they tend to seize , preventing the pads from moving properly - with some copper grease, and see if it gets any better:)
Thanks for the reply, just to clarify..you recommend I take off the whole brake piece that holds the brake pad, and clean it?

What exactly are pistons, and where are they usually located?
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:41 PM   #5
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Thumpers is the forum for all your Transalp questions, Nappysh.

Orange Crush is for KTM twins.
Since when huge Honda twins are called thumpers...

For brakes, cleaning and greasing with new fluids and seals should do the trick.

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Old 04-25-2013, 06:06 PM   #6
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Since when huge Honda twins are called thumpers...

For brakes, cleaning and greasing with new fluids and seals should do the trick.
Hmm are you suggesting a brake bleed? I noticed my lever is gaining more and more freeplay as I use the brake. Any thought?
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:14 PM   #7
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Hmm are you suggesting a brake bleed? I noticed my lever is gaining more and more freeplay as I use the brake. Any thought?
With the lever gaining more freeplay as you use it it indicates a few things. But the most common would be that the master cyl. return is partially plugged. The only way to REALLY cure it is to completely clean out the master cyl. (maybe even have to rebuild) Triple check the condition and cleanliness of the lines (inside too) and pull the caliper and clean and reseal it and put in all fresh fluid. Or it could just be a little piece of crud in the master cyl return bleed hole.

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Old 04-25-2013, 07:41 PM   #8
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Cool, I'm a novice mechanic but this doesn't seem too terribly difficult. Will I be okay riding the bike to and from work for a few days ya think?
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Old 04-26-2013, 03:05 PM   #9
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hmmm, I drove my bike to work today without using the front brake, and noticed that when I arrived, the brake lever went back to normal. Then I used the front brake a bit on my way home and noticed the problem still persists. Any thoughts on that that might minimize the work?

Also I'm still not sure if I should be riding the bike around? Is it safe if I lay off the front brakes? I just don't want them to lock up on me or something dangerous.

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Do it, order repeir kit for calibers and master cylinder, clean brakes, disasemble and clean again, rebuild with new parts and fresh fluid.

It will take only few hours, and you will suprise how different those brakes feel.
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Old 04-26-2013, 04:39 PM   #11
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Cool man, thanks for the help.

Do you think these two products will work?

http://www.jcwhitney.com/bikers-choi...1068d58738u0j1

http://www.jcwhitney.com/bikers-choi...1068d58738u0j1
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:53 PM   #12
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Tried bleeding the brakes (it was my first time), and now the lever is 100% free play. Anyone know what I might've done wrong?
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Sounds like air in the master cylinder , is it empty?
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Old 04-27-2013, 09:02 AM   #14
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Cool man, thanks for the help.

Do you think these two products will work?

http://www.jcwhitney.com/bikers-choi...1068d58738u0j1

http://www.jcwhitney.com/bikers-choi...1068d58738u0j1
Description on linked parts verent very informative, cant say if these fit...
Other part claims it fit sportsters and big twins... ?

You are looking something like this (#19 on picture) for master cylinder, and something like these (8 & 15 on picture) for calibers.
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Old 04-27-2013, 06:17 PM   #15
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Cool, thanks for the help dudes!

Easy riding!
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