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front brakes dragging bad? help

can not see or figure out the problem, my front brakes drag really bad front rim will make about 2 turns when pused with my hand then stop. calipers are mounted correctly and i have the mushroom style spacer on the clutch lever side and the regular spacer on the throttle side. if anybody has any suggestions, i was thinking of rebuilding the calipers but not sure if that would solve the problem.

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Re: front brakes dragging bad? help

What did you do prior to finding this out? Change the brake pads? Remove and reinstall the front wheel? That actually sounds pretty normal to me, mine only spins about that much until I've gotten a few thousand miles on my brake pads.
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Re: front brakes dragging bad? help

Rebuilding the calipers should fix the problem, but you may not have to go that far. If you remove the calipers, one at a time, and very gently squeeze the lever to push the pistons out just a little, you can clean the crud around the pistons. This will allow the pistons to properly retract after braking, which isn't happening at the moment, as you noticed by the drag. Then just push the pistons back in enough to get them back on the bike.

If the crud has already been pushed into the seals (maybe when changing tires, or something) then you will need to take apart the calipers and rebuild, but it isn't difficult at all. Just get new seals to install and they'll be just like new again.
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Re: front brakes dragging bad? help

Lube the pistons on/in the calipers... They might be sticking. Even if they are clean they can still stick.
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Re: front brakes dragging bad? help

This used to happen to me when I changed the wheel. Now before I bolt the calipers back on, I carefully spread the pads with a wide blade screwdriver, pushing back the pistons at each end. Then when you bolt them back on, work the brake lever to center the pads on the disk. Then the pads will be aligned and now your wheel should spin freely.
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Re: front brakes dragging bad? help

I had the same problem and fixed by...
loosening the axle bolt and pinch bolts on the right fork tube
bouncing the forks a few times to allow things to square up
tighten the pinch bolts on the right fork tube
then tighten the axle bolt

Pay attention to not crank down on it too hard, you will see the right fork leg actually deflect inwards if you do.
That bit of deflection is what is causing the wheel to drag and I'm sure causing big time stiction in the forks as well.

Good luck
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can not see or figure out the problem, my front brakes drag really bad front rim will make about 2 turns when pused with my hand then stop. calipers are mounted correctly and i have the mushroom style spacer on the clutch lever side and the regular spacer on the throttle side. if anybody has any suggestions, i was thinking of rebuilding the calipers but not sure if that would solve the problem.

thanks
justin
I was rereading this and noticed how you said you have the front wheel spacers. You have them on the wrong side. The flanged spacer should be in the right side of the wheel (as sitting on the bike) and the straight spacer should be on the left side (clutch side).

As far as front brakes dragging. I have the same issue. Have had since the bike was new. I plan on rebuilding the calipers this winter.
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Re: front brakes dragging bad? help

I had a bad case of drag on the front, but it turns out my rotor was bent. You haven't taken off with a disc lock on have you. That did mine in. Bought a flexible cord to remind me. Much cheaper than a rotor.
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Re: front brakes dragging bad? help

Mine is dragging a lot too, since having new pads installed at the dealer. They told me it's normal for a while. I think it's close to 3k miles. How do racers deal with it? It has to affect acceleration...
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