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Brakes, or lack there of...

Postby Jamaican Steve » Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:17 pm

My brakes have been getting worse and worse over the last year, and I'm wondering if its time to replace them... am I correct in thinking I should check the cables first, and tighten just to make sure that isn't the issue? I understand its difficult to quantify average use, but how long should one expect brakes on a P200 to last? Any info or suggestions would be greatly appreciated...
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Re: Brakes, or lack there of...

Postby joe » Mon Feb 18, 2013 3:49 pm

you replaced them when you rebuilt your motor, right?

cables stretch and you usually tighten them a couple times before replacing the shoes.

front brakes working too? it make a big difference have both working for you :shock:

I have 25K on my rear shoes. I have tightened them once. they work great :)
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Re: Brakes, or lack there of...

Postby spiderwebb » Mon Feb 18, 2013 4:37 pm

- tighten up the cables = non-clockwise shortens the cable length = braking occurs "earlier"
make sure the pads are not rubbing = spin hub and see if the hub spins freely (tire off the ground)

- drums & the brake shoes can be sanded to make the brake pads grip better

all easy

use brake cleaner & sandpaper on the drums insides
& just simple green to get them oil free and clean

new cotter pin too
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Re: Brakes, or lack there of...

Postby jeffreyned » Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:25 pm

Yup. What they said. But then be careful! :shock: After riding with lousy brakes for a long time, remember to take it easy while you get used to having brakes that work!
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Re: Brakes, or lack there of...

Postby Jamaican Steve » Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:53 am

joe wrote:you replaced them when you rebuilt your motor, right?

cables stretch and you usually tighten them a couple times before replacing the shoes.

front brakes working too? it make a big difference have both working for you :shock:

I have 25K on my rear shoes. I have tightened them once. they work great :)



Nope, replaced them before that, but there is no way I've put even 15K on them... I'm going to go ahead and adjust the cables first, see what happens before I dig deeper.
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Re: Brakes, or lack there of...

Postby joe » Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:19 am

Jamaican Steve wrote:
joe wrote:you replaced them when you rebuilt your motor, right?

cables stretch and you usually tighten them a couple times before replacing the shoes.

front brakes working too? it make a big difference have both working for you :shock:

I have 25K on my rear shoes. I have tightened them once. they work great :)



Nope, replaced them before that, but there is no way I've put even 15K on them... I'm going to go ahead and adjust the cables first, see what happens before I dig deeper.


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Re: Brakes, or lack there of...

Postby Dave » Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:37 am

I figured you would get there in the end.
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Re: Brakes, or lack there of...

Postby Tuna Cowboy » Wed Feb 20, 2013 7:27 am

Lube the cables, makes a world of difference.
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Re: Brakes, or lack there of...

Postby J2 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:07 am

Steve, If it is the rear brake you should pull the rear hub off and take a look in there. there could be a few things going on. the rear seal could be not doing its job, in which case you will find grease/ oil inside the hub. that will cause some real problems.
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