Hi today ive spent since 5 pm untill 9.45 prepering my bike ready for the track on tuesday:cool: bit of a ramble before i get to the point!
a few weeks ago i bought a track fairing off ebay and fitted that to my bike but being a bit of a bike tart decided that i really needed to change the colour that it was when i bought it, to match my bike better anyway i spent a few hours rubbing it down with wet n dry but unuse,ally for me i didnt try and rush it instead i put the fairing i normally use back on for tuesday so i can make a better job of the track fairing , anyway… my tip
whilst i had the bike up on stands i noticed my front wheel was very stiff to turn by hand not sure what it was i took the 6pots off each side to find the calipers binding so i set about trying to clean and free them up
i didnt want to split the calipers so went about cleaning the pistons up once i had removed the pads they had about 5 mm of baked on crud stopping them from returning freely i sat for ages with a rag and a bit of t cut trying to remove the crud , i could get half of it off but couldnt get the rag all the way round eack of the pistons , sat thinking what i could do to clean them up with out scratching them then it came to me and heres my tip
i got a cable tie and on the rough side put a drop of brake fluid on it then wrapped it round each piston in turn and pulled it back and forth and it did the trick i now have nice shiney pistons i can push all the way in with my fingers , no more wedgeing in a screw driver to push them back it took a while but the result is my calipers now move freely like new and didnt cost a penny
so that my tip
probally bored you all senseless but it was a cheap solution to improve my brakes
It is dead easy to pop the pistons back in again.With the dreaded Tokico 6 pots, if I take out a piston I remove the dust seal while I’m at it… they always get shite behind them and stop the piston moving freely.I just pack red grease in the seal groove and clean the calipers / pistons at least once a month.BTW… I’m not recommending anyone else removes the seals… but a lot of people do without problems
Same here, but I didn’t realise til recently what a chore it is to get Red Rubber Grease now. Gawd knows what they use now:hehe:My tin has lasted me 30 years!:DPouty… Keep your hand over the open side of the caliper you plum;)
Chunky… I get red grease online - places like Morris lubricants or Opie oils.
I get a discount at Opie Oils with the ZX-9R.net forum discount - might try emailing Morris Lubricants to see if I can sort out a discount.