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Old 02-05-2006, 09:12 PM   #1
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Question Bike problem.. Front Suspension

Ok for about a week now I have been hearing this knocking sound everytime I brake. I just put some EBC brake pads on about 6 months ago and they have started squealing for about 2 weeks now.

So today this knocking sound seems to be getting worse and the brake squealing has stopped. (weird) It seems like when there is pressure on the forks the knock is more noticable. I have bounced the forks to see if it does it at stop but no luck. Its only when I'm coming to a stop. I checked the pads and they are about half way worn down. It also seems like the triples may have become loose because that is where the sound seems to be coming from. I tightend everything down but no luck.

So my guess is that the front brake pads may be bad or maybe the axle needs to be greased up. The bike has about 20,000 miles on it and I have done nothing to the front besides brake pads.

To describe the noise a bit better, it sounds like when you slightly hold the brake enough to stop the bike but if you push it forward it will move and make a metal sound. (If that makes since). Does anyone have any input? Could the forks be leaking or need oil? I don't see any leaks. Help please.
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Old 02-05-2006, 09:44 PM   #2
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Could be a number of problems with your front end. Bearings going bad in the steering stem. See if it the steering stem nut is loose, these have a tendency of going out due to doing stoppies. Also bearings in the wheels are worn out. Front wheel or rotors are warped. These are a varity of problems to look for while riding.....Also do a short ride and without using your front brake after pulling over check to see it your rotors get hot. I'm sure there's plenty of riders that have had similar problems. We had a guy that had something of this sort and it was the bearings in the front wheel that were bad. He ignored the problem and later the bike front wheel collapsed causing him to low side. Also your caliper might just be sticking and causing it to apply to much pressure. This will cause the rotors to heat up and this is why I asked you to do a short ride and check them. If your calipers are not working you may need to bleed the entire system and have the piston removed and cleaned as well as inspected.
Been there done that.......hope this helps, later!
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Old 02-05-2006, 09:52 PM   #3
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sounds like front rotors warped, or bent, or there might be a scratch on the rotor itself. If they are warped you will feel a shake it the lever. Prob a rough spot on the rotor, feel them with your fingers inside and out, might be a scratch or a nick, makes like a timed click noise when you stop, depending on your speed. This very common, new rotors will prob cure your prob.
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Old 02-05-2006, 09:57 PM   #4
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If you replace the rotors,replace the pads too. Then make a bunch of slow stops to brake-in the pads correctly.
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Probably loose sterring head bearings.

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Probably loose sterring head bearings.

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Im thinkin that might be it or the brakes sticking. How much does getting the bearings replaced usually cost?
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Oh and I just bled the brakes probably about 2 months ago. :eh:
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i was thinkin head berings also.
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yea im going with hed bearing man and not just becouase pat sad so..I used to have this problem when i was racing dirt bikes...No big deal....In all honesty you could probbaly do it or we could have a garage meet...
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yea im going with hed bearing man and not just becouase pat sad so..I used to have this problem when i was racing dirt bikes...No big deal....In all honesty you could probbaly do it or we could have a garage meet...
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and then after that we can have a stand up session...haha
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I don't stunt sorry. :eh:
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Doing wheelies and not setting the front end back down easily is traumatic on the bike. That is why you are a stunt man. :icon_bigg
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I only wheelie across the finish line.
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BEARINGS CARLOS!! I had to fix my bearings back then when i had my fork seals replaced
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how much did it cost?
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yeah sounds like head bearings, but of course...... hard to tell anything over the net with just words. a good thorough inspection would be better.... go by Motorcycles Unlimited Tuesday and see if Pat has any better ideas.
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