left side rear brakes

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by Themotorman, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. Themotorman

    Themotorman Guest

    I need to install rear brakes on a Softail conversion. Can I use right
    side brakes and just turn them around? I can't find HD brakes for a
    reasonable price and this is a low budget project.. Any help or advice
    or better still offers of old brake calipers.. I can make the brackets
    Themotorman, Jun 30, 2009
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  2. Yes
    [email protected], Jul 1, 2009
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  3. But results may depend on the caliper in question.

    Some 4 pot calipers use a larger piston at the trailing
    edge to even out pad wear. Reverse it so that the larger
    piston is on the leading edge and it will work fine but
    can produce very asymetric pad wear.
    Rob Kleinschmidt, Jul 1, 2009
  4. I'm actually running an ass backwards 4 pot myself.
    The setup is a fairly common one, (BMW oilhead 4 pot
    run backwards on an airhead fork). No complaints or
    problems other than some very asymetric pad wear.

    I'm happy with the result but I always have to remember
    to check the leading rather than trailing edge for wear.
    Rob Kleinschmidt, Jul 1, 2009
  5. Yes, that's true. I was assuming a very basic caliper, mind (I've
    actually done this myself with no ill effects), and on the back wheel
    it isn't going to be doing as much work as a front caliper.


    Mind you, on a Harley....
    [email protected], Jul 2, 2009
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