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Rear brake squeal

I just bought a 2005 LT. The rear brake when coming to a stop squeals. Mileage on the bike is under 3000 mi . Other than that the bike is wonderful.
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post #2 of 8 Old Nov 7th, 2006, 9:17 pm
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I just bought a 2005 LT. The rear brake when coming to a stop squeals. Mileage on the bike is under 3000 mi . Other than that the bike is wonderful.
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Jerome - overwhelming amount of information is available on this site regarding brake squeal. For starters, check out the 4 or 5 threads listed near the bottom of this page. Then, a search for words related to the situation will turn up volumes of info. Good luck.
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Lightbulb Interestingly enough...

my rear brakes were not making noise until I replaced the non-sintered EBC pad installed by the previous owner with a sintered EC pad.

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The brakes on the '05 are high performance. Remove the pads, you will probably see glazing... kind of a sheen to the friction surface. Clean them with 600 grit sandpaper... after, flush with brake cleaner... clean rotor with some fine emery cloth.. reassemble..

Now, don't drag them to a stop... just stop the bike. Use the brakes to stop it.. none of this "low speed" dragging the rear brake.. pick the point where you want to stop and just stop the bike.

Since doing this I find the bike rarely "squeals" the brakes. You don't need a heavy hand during the stop, just deliberate.

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Sqeaky brakes

I had that problem with my '06, which just came back from it's 6K service. I (1) got the usual story that "all '05 & '06 LTs do this", and (2) we took the glaze off the pads & used a cleaner/lube on the rotors.

Well, they don't squeak now, and the bike stops - so I have to assume there was some validy to the comment & correction.

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i've been one of the louder moaners about this topic and I've tried many solutions. my humble opinion... get used to the squeal. i hate it as much as you... but my attempts to fix this problem have been futile.
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Temporary solution:

Doing about 40-50 mph, get on the rear brake real hard 'till you are down to about 10 mph, then let off. Don't touch the brake again until it has time to cool. Then repeat. This helps for a while. Previous post about not dragging the brake may work also, but I have not tried it. I drag mine at parking lot speeds to keep from falling over...

Side note: Mine NEVER squeals with my SO on board. Only when riding one-up.

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2002 LT here - had the squeal, bad.

changed bads - nada. Did the 'de-glaze' dance, that worked for awhile, but ride'n in town, too easy to re-glaze and the squeal came back within days.

Changed rotor and pads to the EBC rotor and HH pads - voila! Works for me. Had one day where sounded like maybe, just maybe squeal might be returning. One hard braking session later - hasn't even hinted at returning for hundreds of town miles since.

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