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Old 05-21-2012, 01:24 PM   #1
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Squeaky rear brakes?

i just replaced the rear brake shoes on my 93 vt600 because the were squeaking and i thought that they were dead. it actually looked like there was a lot left on them but changed them out anyway. I still have the squeal though, any ideas? also am i in the right forum? under classics?

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Old 05-21-2012, 02:01 PM   #2
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Try the VLX forum. I'd try to give you some advice, but frankly, I don't know dick about drum brakes.
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:26 PM   #3
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ok thanks, i don't know how to move the thread so i just posted to the VLX. feel free to delete this if you have the power
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:41 PM   #4
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well, first I think a 93 would be one of the other forums, which was already pointed out and rectified, but I wanted to chime in because you got me all god damned excited that someone was finally posting in the classic section and then I got let down.. :P

second, it's been years since I had drum brakes (my beetle now has disc all the way around) but IIRC if it's squeeking and the pads still have material, it might just be dirt?

has the bike been sitting very long? is there any possibility that something happened to the drum to cause it to go out of round? might be they just need an adjustment? I don't know how motorcycle drums work, but in a beetle, everytime you brake in reverse, it automatically adjusts them (to a point, you still need to do a mild static adjustment after installation..)

anyway, hope you find your answer, and get your damn new-fangled bike the hell out of our area! ;)
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:46 PM   #5
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yea, drum brakes seem ancient technology. i put the new shoes on, broke the glaze on the drum service and cleaned it up pretty good, blasted the shit out of it with brake cleaner so much that my chemically sensitive neighbor broke out in hives and put her house on the market (ok.. so i exaggerate)
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:54 PM   #6
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Have you ridden it long enough and heated the brakes up hot enough to break them in? New pads always squeak for me, until they're properly bedded in and the surface between the shoe and the drum is uniform. Speaking purely from a car perspective, that's what I've always had to do.
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:52 PM   #7
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i rode it for 100 miles just after, maybe not long enough?
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Old 05-21-2012, 04:24 PM   #8
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I was going to say that sounds like more than enough, but then I decided to do some research. Seems like some people don't consider their pads to be bedded in until several hundred miles have been put on them. - http://www.ebcbrakes.com/ebc_brakes_...d_rotors.shtml

I've not had pads/shoes that squeaked much longer than the initial bedding in though, and that only takes me a few miles of hard braking and cool-down cycles. I suppose it could just take a much longer time with motorcycles.
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Old 05-21-2012, 04:27 PM   #9
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ok, i'll just give it a couple more rides and see how it goes.. just sounds like a POS right now
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:25 PM   #10
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Meh i have an 07 dc and just got my backs switched out... squeeky as a fucking mouse on meth... its killing me. The originals never squeeked and I got the bike with 200 miles on it.. Im hoping they work in also.. put about 400 on so far and still squealin.

Im thinking it may be just the cheap ass pads the place I took it too used in my case. Im hoping not but 2 more rides and I may just loose my fucking mind. I guess this is one way to force me to get disc backs...
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