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post #1 of 5 Old 09-30-2009, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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Brake caliper question

After doing some work on the bike the front left caliper does not float after torqeing the caliper bolts to spec, I'm concerned because the left front rotor now runs hotter than the R front rotor? I can't possibly see what would be the cause...any suggestions?

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-30-2009, 12:36 PM
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Did you check the caliper pins to make sure they were lubed good and free of drit and drime? The pins are covered by rubber boots.

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Some things to check...

Make sure your fork tubes are not bent and the heights are set even in the triple trees. Insure your master cyinder, brake lines and calipers are free of water; your caliper pistons are not sticking; and the calipers are correctly assembled and float correctly (note: the brake pins which hold the pads in place <the ones with the small retaining clips>, tend to corrode and pit; they should be replaced when replacing pads). Next, check your rotors for warpage or cracks (especially around the holes).
If all that is OK...
Raise the front wheel off the ground and spin the tire; there should be minimal drag. If you hear that grinding noise, you may need to center the front wheel...
Lower the bike back on the ground; loosen the front axle pinch bolt; roll the bike forward and stop with the front brake several times; push the front tire against a wall and pump the forks several times without engaging the front brakes; tighten the front axle pinch bolt to spec; raise the front wheel off the ground and spin the tire; there should be minimal drag.
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Make sure that you did not cross thread one of the bolts when putting it back together, even a slightly cross threaded bolt will not allow the pads to be free floating. The threads to the calipers are proprietary to Suzuki, therefore to salvage a caliper that has been cross- threaded means chasing the thread through the back side.

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Thanks everybody, seems cleaning up everything fixed the problem!

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