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1988 F1 Hurricane has stiff brake lever & 1 brake rotor getting hotter than the other

A friend's newly aquired 1988 F1 with 30K+ showing on the clock has a very stiff/difficult to operate front brake lever. Thinking that one of his calipers might be frozen,...I did a temperature check (by hand) of the two front brake rotors. One was quite hot, the other was just warm.

I think this confirms my frozen caliper thought at least to some degree, but thought I would post here to see if the collective wisdom of the forum might have any other thoughts on this.

Is there a recognized problem with the 88 600 hurricane that could cause these symptoms?

Also noticed that both front brake rotors appear to be originals and show significant wear....with a prominant lip around the outside perimiter of each rotor.

Further question: What is the best source for new and used parts for this bike?
 

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You prolly wont want to spend the money on 2 new front rotors. Check ebay. Just buy from seller with great feedback. Have you tried to completely bleed the lines? You can usually visually tell if the caliper is frozen.
 

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Re: 1988 F1 Hurricane has stiff brake lever & 1 brake rotor getting hotter than the o

i would check ebay for the rotors too. i got a rear for a little over 30 for a new one. brake planet, an ebay store, may also have pads for you. i have been running theirs for the last year and they have a pretty good feel. you should be able to remove the caliper in question and see if it's moving when you squeeze the lever. if it moves you can just bleed it to push it back. good luck.
 

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I would buy new rotors. Braking is not something to skimp on.

Any pulsation? One of the rotors could be bent/warped and that would explian why one is hotter than the other. Sticky caliper is another. I would due a complete brake job. Replace the rotors, clean the calipers and maybe rebuild them and new pads. Flush the old brake fluid out as well.
 

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A bike that old it's very possible the caliper is frozen. I'd take the brake system off the bike completely, then drain it. Rebuild the bad caliper and maybe the other one too. Clean the lines out real good or just replace them with new lines or stainless steel lines. I've found getting the old crap out of stock brake lines is next to impossible even with compressed air. You can usually find stainless steel brake line kit on ebay for around $30-70. I'd replace the pads too if it is feasible.
 
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