More advice needed....front brakes this time

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by Middleaged Mutant Ninja Rider, Jul 7, 2004.

  1. Hmmm...seems I _am_ having fun at the moment.

    Just got the ZX6R back from the intermediate service, and it looks like
    the front calipers need rebuilding sometime fairly soon (before the
    winter, certainly), along with replacing at least one of the disks.
    Suddenly it is becoming a particularly expensive bit of maintenance,
    especially at main dealer labour rates.

    So never having needed to look at this kind of thing before, I throw
    myself on the mercy of ukrm once more (ouch!):

    1. How easy is a front caliper stripdown/rebuild on one of these things?
    I am suitably mecahnically inept having messed about with old Landies in
    the past, but I guess this is a bit more subtle than 1/2"AF spanner and
    big hammer mechanics. Needless to say, the Haynes Book of Lies is now on

    2. Any recommendations on brake disks? OEM or after market? Change both
    or just work out which one is causing the judder (but at 28k on the
    clock doing just one seems like false economy)?

    Or shall I just sell the sodding thing before anyone notices and get the
    CBR900 I've always wanted :) (Sadly not a serious option at the moment
    :-( )

    Any thoughts gratefully received.

    Middleaged Mutant Ninja Rider, Jul 7, 2004
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  2. Thanks for the suggestion...You're not a Merkin, are you?

    It's just that I would've thought the next sentence (which for the hard
    of thinking was "Sadly not a serious option at the moment." ) was a bit
    of a giveaway that the idea was irony.

    And do post at the bottom, there's a good chap.

    Middleaged Mutant Ninja Rider, Jul 7, 2004
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    Mark Guest

    Buy The CBR900 specially if its wot u always wanted
    Mark, Jul 7, 2004
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    Pip Luscher Guest

    If "these things" is bikes in general then not that hard as long as
    you remember to keep things clinically clean. I personally can only
    recall completely stripping down one set of calipers: IME they usually
    just need cleaning unless the pistons are corroded.

    A full rebuild with new seals etc. will cost mucho dinero.
    Umm, I've found that Pro-lites work fine with HH pads but if the bike
    is put away wet and not used for a few days then the pads stick to the
    disk surface and you get a nice pitted imprint of the pad on the disk.
    The brakes then become juddery and don't improve much with use. I've
    had to use emery cloth to clean up the ones on the FZR more than once.

    Oddly the cast-iron disks on the Quota, which go yellow at the first
    hint of rain and stick solid if left wet overnight, recover remarkably

    I've just ordered an ABE replacement for a warped disk on the TLR.
    Won't be able to report on it for a week or two, though.

    If your disks are near the wear limit anyway and you're keeping the
    bike then replace both disks. Oh, and you're supposed to replace the
    pads too.
    Pip Luscher, Jul 7, 2004
  5. Marvellous. I'll put away the lump hammer then.....

    OK, time to flaunt my advanced ignorance of motorcycle mechanics.

    Why do you need to use EBC pads on EBC disks, and Kwak pads on Kwak
    disks? A brake pad is a brake pad is a lump of very hard stopping
    stuff, surely?

    Middle-aged Mutant Ninja Rider, Jul 9, 2004
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    Lozzo Guest

    Simian says...
    Couldn't have put it better myself.
    Lozzo, Jul 9, 2004
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