Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Poplar Bluff, MO, USA
Re: I CANT STAND THESE F'ing BRAKES ANY MORE!!!!!!
I have a 2002 LT that I bought used @ 24,xxx mi. & the rear brake rattled even then. Dealer said it was nature of the beast & wasn't dangerous unless it really got loose. squeal & rattle worsened till @ 48,xxx I was worried about safety. (& embarrassment from my riding buddies on their Gold Wings) I noticed @ that time the rear rotor had almost 1/4 inch slop in the radius runout. no lateral slop to speak of. I'd read threads on this site about the EBC brand rotors & decided on that route. Some had noted trouble with wheel rubbing the caliper after installing & one noted rotor runout so I wanted to check things before installing. When I got my new part in I mic'ed it & it was within a couple thousanths of an inch of the original in all the critical points. (center hole, hub offset, rotor offset, hub thickness, flange & so on) The only big difference was the rotor disk itself was several hundredths thinner than OEM which doesn't concern me much since it is still centered in the caliper. I also chucked it up in my lathe & checked it for any lateral or radial runout & it spun dead true. After satisfying myself against any potential problems I Installed it on the bike. I used the EBC brand organic pads along with the new rotor. I only have a few thousand miles on the bike since the swap but my squeal & rattle are gone. Stopping power didn't seem as good till the pads started to bed in, but now it seems the same. The work involved wasn't difficult but care needs to be taken when swapping the ABS ring from the old hub to the new one. I just went around & around it with a pry bar, moving it in tiny increments till it came off, & then tapped it back on the new hub with a plastic mallet in the same fashion. Sorry about the novel. Couldn't shut myself up.