Rear Brake rod, is it OK...

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Leadnuts, Jun 10, 2012.

  1. Leadnuts

    Leadnuts do-over...

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    Is it ok to have an offset in the rear brake rod (drum brake) on a r75/5? During my rear end modifications things have been moved around, more specifically the rearsets I am using. I will end up with a 1" offset between actuator arm on drum and lever on rearset. So is it acceptable to make a brake rod with a 1" offset? Also while I have you reading, is it acceptable to use right angle ball joint linkages on a brake rod?

    thanks
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  2. JonnyCash

    JonnyCash turd polisher

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    The only thing I can think might happen is that if you're really stomping on the brake pedal, it might tend to straighten out the offset. I'd say give it a shot, it seems that a failure in this wouldn't be a dangerous situation, just a trip back to the drawing board.
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  3. ozmoses

    ozmoses Ride On

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    IMO, the real question here is if the brake rod breaks, is the failure mode brakes on or off?

    The reason for my concern here is that a brake rod failure, of sorts, on a drum K-bike send me on a slow speed yet still painful highside...
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  4. Leadnuts

    Leadnuts do-over...

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    I think I may be able to use a "rose joint" and it just run at an angle...
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  5. adventure950

    adventure950 Anglo-Saxon

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    I have the rear brake rod offset on my dakar replica, I used a plate attached to the brake lever /rod mounting arm - to move the pivot point about 15mm inboard from the original point, the brake rod remains straight to aleviate any problems with distortion etc. May be a solution that might help.
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