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MikeS
Posted 6/26/2005 7:31 AM (#8214)
Subject: Rear brake problem



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I have a 1981 Honda GL1100 with EML sidecar. Rear brakes on the mule and the hack are both on the rear brake pedal, operated by the stock master cylinder. I don't have very good brakes on the pedal. I've upgraded one line to SS lines, but two lines on the hack are still rubber. They seem good. I've rebuilt the rear master cylinder, and bled out the system.

I'm wondering if the whimpy brake master cylinder can't handle the two calipers. If so, I know the two wheel 1983 GL1100 uses the rear brake to operate the rear caliper and one front caliper. The 1981 that I have is set up stock to operate the rear caliper only. Maybe the 1983 master cylinder is a bit more hefty.

Can I replace the 1981 rear master cylinder with a 1983? How should I approach solving this problem? I do like having the rear brakes and sidecar brakes both on the pedal.

Mike Senty
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claude #3563
Posted 6/26/2005 9:35 AM (#8215 - in reply to #8214)
Subject: RE: Rear brake problem



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Mike,
The link below should be live if you click on it. I have often had issues with my rear brake and have thought many time about the possible installation of one of these. Many times referred to as a deceleration enhancement device they are time proven and can be sized to whatever type machine you happen to have. Linkage to the device is unique in that it is flexible and easy to hook up. There are also variations of the style of these dependant upon the type of surface you would typically be using then on. May be worth a shot anyhow. ALWAYS WILLING TO HELP.
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Hack'n
Posted 6/26/2005 12:40 PM (#8216 - in reply to #8215)
Subject: RE: Rear brake problem



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Claude & Mike,
This system is widely accepted worldwide and is in extensive use here in the Puget Sound area. It adds an especially nice esthetic touch to a custom outfit when color matched.(Good for extra Ride-In Show points).
One word of warning though: Don't attach the mounting to the handlebars!! When canyon carving they have a tendency to catch in the front spokes and make the rig go topsy turvy on occasion.

LOLonnie
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MikeS
Posted 6/26/2005 2:13 PM (#8217 - in reply to #8214)
Subject: RE: Rear brake problem



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You guys are so funny.

MikeS

And you need to get the rig out and go for a long ride. It's too nice today.

Edited by MikeS 6/26/2005 7:48 PM
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claude #3563
Posted 6/26/2005 2:28 PM (#8219 - in reply to #8217)
Subject: RE: Rear brake problem



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Funny? I don't get it do you Lonnie?? Oh well.
Mike, I think your reasoning on using the other master cylinder makes sense. And please let us know how you make out.
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papasmurf
Posted 6/26/2005 9:59 PM (#8227 - in reply to #8214)
Subject: RE: Rear brake problem


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HI MIKE:
The first thing I'd do is try to learn piston diameter in both yours and '83 rear master cylinder. This would tell you that you'd have a mechanical advantage if piston diameter on '83 unit is larger [would believe it has to be so]. If you can gain access to both year's maint. manuals, the info would be listed there. GOOD LUCK....Old Tom in NH
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Hack'n
Posted 6/27/2005 1:26 PM (#8233 - in reply to #8217)
Subject: RE: Rear brake problem



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Had to wait till Sunday to take my new (Again) VStar rig out for a walk.
After clearing my head with a couple of Mike's Hard Lemonades I now see the light. I didn't have my device hooked up yet and subsequently wore out a new pair of Licensed Caterpillar Brand walking boots trying to bring her to a stop.
I did get back just as the rain started though. Ya gotta love these Northwest summers. Don't like the weather?? Just wait 5 minutes.
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