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Question XL600LM (86) Help please!!

Good day all!
  1. I just changed the back breaks but they still screach! I can see that the pads dont open onto the drum properly but rather open where the pads taper down to the metal. Is there a solution to this problem?
  2. The front forks seem a little bouncy and when I have to break hard the front drops a sht load but also a little to one side????
  3. Still looking for a screen?
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Ferry to bilboa booked 4 November!!
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Hi Orrin,

I don't know or i got the picture on your back brake problem?
Could you explain it to mee a bit more please?
About the front forks: Did you ever rebuild them yet? I did mine at 90.000 k's and it was worth it. I changed the bushes and cleaned it all out. pored some new oil and it made a real big difference!!
I don't have a screen but buided a windshield out of aluminium on mine. Works as well. Can send you some picks if you want to have an idea! :-)
And enjoy bilboa!

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Good day all!
  1. I just changed the back breaks but they still screach! I can see that the pads dont open onto the drum properly but rather open where the pads taper down to the metal. Is there a solution to this problem?
  2. The front forks seem a little bouncy and when I have to break hard the front drops a sht load but also a little to one side????
  3. Still looking for a screen?
Any help will be appreciated!!
Ferry to bilboa booked 4 November!!
Orrin
Orrin,

As per the last post, it is not too clear what you are describing about the brakes. "pads taper down to the metal"????????

But, did you clean them thoroughly when fitting the new pads? Copious amounts of brake cleaner spray around the calipers? Copper slip grease on the retaining pins (but not on the braking surfaces!!)? Did you replace the spring in the "base" of the caliper that keeps the pads under tension (and tends to stop them screeching) after cleaning it?


Again as the last post, it sounds like your forks want servicing, especially because they seem to be "out of balance" with one resisting the forces more than the other - not good at all!!!

Hope this helps,
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Thanks guys!

Thank you for the replies!!!
Yes, bout the back breaks??
If you imagine the breaks made up of two half circles, well where they join, thats where they are wearing, not on the actual "black stuff"???
Perhaps I need to look at this a little more myself. I thought it was a common problem?
As for the forks.... is this something I can do myself? I am not as stupid as I sound...just dont want to break something right before I go.
OH! This ferry to bilboa is the start of my trip back home to south africa
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Hi Orrin,
This bike has drum brakes at the back, correct?

If so, ignore most of my earlier post which refers to disc brakes: sorry, my mis-understanding!

For the drum brakes, the shoes will "bite" and wear a bit more where the brake shoes make first contact with the drums, but it is the brake liners that should be "doing the work" of the braking effort and not bear metal on bare metal. I suggest you ensure that this is the case, and that everything is installed correctly and is cleaned.

For the forks, you really need a workshop manual to check for what is specified for your particular bike. If you can't get one then you would need to get a professional to ensure that the forks are operating OK.
There are loads of threads in here about setting up forks (do a search in this HUBB for the key words of interest), but you need the information/data for your particular bike.
Alternatively, maybe someone will post the relevant information for your forks in here?!
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can you post photos of drum and shoes please orrin?

sounds like the shoes are not adjusted correctly and the metal is contacting rather than the braking surface of the shoes.
any chance you can post a pic?

makes diagnosis far easier..... a picture paints a 1000 words and all that!

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Thanks again

I will have time to play around with the bike this weekend. So if i have no luck i will bring out the camera!
Thanks again!!
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