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Adjusting front brake lever

Discussion in 'Maintenance and Servicing' at netrider.net.au started by RussellDP, Nov 26, 2015.

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  1. Hi all,

    I was having a fiddle around on the bike the other day, and having just replaced the brake fluid, I started looking at the front brake lever.

    I am able to apply good pressure to pull up, at maximum force I still have some clearance between the lever and the grip, but it seems to have a lot of freeplay before it actally starts activating the brake itself.



    Brake fluid is brand new, no air in the system and good "feel" but just a lot of slack.

    So its possibly not a real worry, and as I don't have any adjustment on the lever itself, I am guessing there is not much I can do about it? Short of adjustable levers of course.
     
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  2. There should be a big knob where the cable enters the brake lever assembly that you can tighten to eliminate free play. There should be minimal free play in the front brake lever.
     
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  3. The mention of brake fluid suggests they are hydraulic, not cable operated brakes udluv2.

    On hydraulic brakes here is often a wheel on the top of the brake lever at the hinge end with numbers on it - 1-4 or 1-5. It will often be hard or impossible to turn unless you push the lever away from the grip to release the pressure on the cam. It will make a difference to the distance the lever travels to apply braking force.

    If your bike lacks this adjustment, it may be possible to buy adjustable levers if it is a popular model. Look into it.
     
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  4. There's always going to be a bit of free play. The free play allows the the lever to activate the brake light switch before actually applying the brake itself.
     
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