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Old 05-14-2006, 11:29 PM   #1
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Cleaning your brakes

Anyone use brake cleaner?
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clean what? the caliper, rotor, etc?

you can use it but be sure its brake cleaner. some people use carb cleaner and although its ok on some parts other then the throttle body, some cleaners have agents that can damage rubber pieces like gaskets and o-rings.
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Old 05-14-2006, 11:55 PM   #3
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Most carb cleaners leave behind a residue, don't use them on your brakes.
If you're just cleaning your brakes, as in washing the bike, I just spray the bike down with S100, get a bucket of water and wash the whole bike. Rinse well and dry. Done.

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The caliper still has alot of build up.
I was debating on using brake cleaner
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use it, just dont use carb cleaner like i said.
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Which bike are you working on?

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Hit the caliper up with some steel wool.
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just spray the pads and caliper and rotor with wd-40.... works like a charm
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I used to use some Armor All Wheel cleaner...it takes off all that brake dust build up like a champ and it was made for that.
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i use simple green, just spray it on and let it sit for a few minutes before you wash the bike. works really well
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use 120 grit sandpaper on the rotors... every 4k miles or before a trackday.

As for the calipers, since mine are black it's not a problem.
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i use simple green, just spray it on and let it sit for a few minutes before you wash the bike. works really well
This is what i do also
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do you use it on the rotors also? my bike is due for a bath tomorrow
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I thought simple green would cause corrosion in aluminuim!! The military banned it from being used to wash aircraft!
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I thought simple green would cause corrosion in aluminuim!! The military banned it from being used to wash aircraft!
Yep. Simple Green is an alkaline and will corrode aluminum. I've only used it on my wheels though, which are painted, and rinsed it off immediately.
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I use brake cleaner on mine w/out any problems...
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