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post #1 of 23 Old 09-03-2019, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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So I got some nice sintered pads, Galfer, for the front and back. Installed them today without drama. Nice and easy.
I bled the brake at all three stations and its good to ride. But, I'm just not happy with the way the lever feels. It's a little spongey .
I remember reading somewhere about air in the banjo fittings. Do you just loosen the banjo a little and bleed it too?




PS I took the pads out at 10k on the clock. They had a lot of pad left . I post just for comparison, your experience may vary.
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post #2 of 23 Old 09-03-2019, 06:06 PM
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Assuming you got all the air out, most pads require some break in time, some may specify a procedure, some say to rub on an abrasive. Depends on MFG. I usually just give it a few days normal use and be aware of the capabilities and if the pedal/lever/feel changes.

Other good point is to make sure the rotor was clean and no oils or fluids on them.

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Spongy feel is not the pads breaking in its air in the system. Reverse bleed the brakes and get the air out.

I have posted a step by step on here a while back and there are lots of videos on YouTube. Once you learn how easy and effective reverse bleeding the brakes is you'll not do it any other way.

FWIW it looks like the stock pads (left) are only about 20/25% worn. Lots of life left on them. When you can no longer see the groove in the pad then its time to change. Brake pads have the same material consistency through the entire pad. So new or old as long as there is sufficient material they will work the same.
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Give the new pads some time to set to the rotors. It will get better.

Did you open the brake lines or why you think you have air in the fitting?

Some say it helps to put the bike on the side stand, turn the handle to the left and zip-tie the brake lever to the handle bar overnight.
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Another trick to try for a firmer front brake lever.
- Tie the lever to the bar as if you're doing an emergency braking maneuver. Use a zip tie or cording sufficient to hold the lever compressed. Leave it overnight. Check the brake feel in the morning.
That has worked for me many times to remove the 'spongy' lever feel.
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I'm going riding tonight but will try the zip tie brake lever overnight. In the meantime I have ordered a large syringe from Amazon.
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I'm going riding tonight but will try the zip tie brake lever overnight. In the meantime I have ordered a large syringe from Amazon.
Farm and fleet stores like Tractor or Agri supply also have big syringes. Even Walmart does they are disguised in the kitchen or grilling section as turkey injectors.
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Well I guess there is no problem. Just got home from a little ride and the brakes are just fine. Better than fine actually, they feel like power brakes now.
There is a lot less effort needed to stop so no spongey feeling at all.
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Good to hear. I have had to activate my ABS on some dirt to finish the process of a fluid change.

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If you did change the fluid go exercise the front and rear ABS multiple times and then change the front and rear brake fluids again. That way you have a better chance of flushing out old (and corrosive) brake fluid out of the ABS unit.
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