Brake squeal after lowering kit installed

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by dcount, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. dcount

    dcount New Member

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    I just installed a lowering kit on my 06 Fatboy and noticed that the rear brake is now squeling when I come to a stop. The bike has around 11K miles on it and I was wondering if it is just time to replace the pads or something to do with the kit. Any ideas? The pads looked like there was still plenty left.
    Thanks for the help. Also, is replacing the pads a pretty simple fix or should I let a shop handle it?
     
  2. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    I would doubt that fitting a lowering kit would make the brakes squeal i am pretty sure that all brakes squeal but the pitch of the sound is outside what you can hear
    if i get squeal from brakes i pull the brake bads and coat the back plate with copper grease refit them and squeal is now gone

    Brian
     
  3. dcount

    dcount New Member

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    Thanks for the quick response. Does the wheel need to come off in order to pull the pads?
     
  4. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Sorry i cant help you on that as i have not worked on any of the modern bikes

    Brian
     
  5. dcount

    dcount New Member

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    ok thanks again
     
  6. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    Do you just get the squeel when you apply the brakes?
     
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  8. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Sure is easier to do that way, IMHO. But I think it CAN be done without removing the wheel and thereby the rotor from the caliper. The down side to NOT removing the rotor from the caliper is the difficulty in cleaning the pistons BEFORE pushing them back into the calipers. Best bet is to follow the instructions in the manual so you do not lose the anti-rattle spring. See here:

    Replacing Rear Brake Pads (Softail) - Harley Davidson Community

    Brake Squeal - Harley Davidson Community

    Reverse Brake Bleeding. - Harley Davidson Community

    Brake Caliper Maintenance - Harley Davidson Community

    TQ
     
  9. dcount

    dcount New Member

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    yep just when i press the rear brake.

    Thanks again for all the help. Ill let you know what I come up with. Im hoping that if it is the pads its something i can get done.
     
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