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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-21-2012, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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Front brake install

I just replaced the front and rear brake pads on my 99 wide glide, now I am getting an annoying rubbing sound on the front. How do I eliminate this rubbing? Brakes well and no other issues with the rear.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-21-2012, 09:58 AM
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Remove the baffles? or get a stereo...

Are you sure the piston in the caliper is clean and moving freely?

What pads did you put in?

Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-21-2012, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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I installed Harley brand pads, and yes the piston moves freely. I'm assuming the pads back off from the rotor when not actuated, right?
Good one about the baffles, but it is only noticable when coming to a stop or slow run.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 11:49 PM
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Replace the pads with some better ones like Lyndall. That cured my buzzing front end.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-23-2012, 04:14 AM
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The pads have to be cleaned and pressed back into the calipers all the way before installing the new pads with the mc cap off to let out air. If not they squeak.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-23-2012, 08:51 AM
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I know that sound well. On every bike I have owned when I changed the front pads I got the same noise. Use a hand file to bevel the edge. This does help, bet when the bevel has worn down it will return. When it happens this way you know what it is and you dont worry about it any more.
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