Sticky front brakes on VFR800 2000 model

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  • #12746
    BM
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    help required! my front brake is sticky and not releasing fully, the bike is a 2000 model with 8500 miles due to not being used much due to work commitments . I have cleaned the pads and calipers and the pistons visible but the front wheel is still hard to turn.The brake lever still feels firm when applied.
    I have spoken with other bikers and have had a few different suggestions such as change the brake fluid or the delay/proportional valves, another suggestion was strip the calipers and renew the seals as they may be clogged up with gunge stopping the pistons returning.
    Any more idea’s Thx

    #52975
    Gix
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    Hi BM welcome to TBF.
    You *may* have a piston in a bit skew, if a piston is skew it wont return and its a bugger to get back straight (yep you guessed it – been there done that lol).

    #52976
    imperialdata
    Keymaster

    If it is able to be checked by jacking up the front and spinning the wheel then I’d remove the calipers one at a time first to see if it’s an individual caliper problem or a system pressure problem.

    #52977
    katana
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    I agree with ID, if both calipers are binding then look for system fault.

    Silly question but you haven’t dropped the bike lately have you? A mate of my dropped his and bent the brake lever pivot which gave the same symptons as you have (long shot I know).

    This might come in handy.

    #52978
    BM
    Participant

    quote:


    Originally posted by Gix

    Hi BM welcome to TBF.
    You *may* have a piston in a bit skew, if a piston is skew it wont return and its a bugger to get back straight (yep you guessed it – been there done that lol).


    Thanks for the advice guys & NO i aint dropped it (yet)

    #52979
    BM
    Participant

    quote:


    Originally posted by katana

    I agree with ID, if both calipers are binding then look for system fault.

    Silly question but you haven’t dropped the bike lately have you? A mate of my dropped his and bent the brake lever pivot which gave the same symptons as you have (long shot I know).

    This might come in handy.


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