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    I replaced my front tire on my 2005 gl1800. after reinstalling everything the left caliper is not centered. The outside of the caliper is almost touching the rotor. I double checked everything but do not know how to adjust and or center the brake caliper to the rotor. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks dan indy

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    Himm,,.
    Did you loosen off the axle pinch bolts and do the pump of the forks with the front brake applied movements?.
    GL1800 8A - TRIUMPH SCRAMBLER 900

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    • #3
      Well clean the sliders so it can float free. However if the pads are a bit more worn on the left which is common it may sit a bit close to the rotor. That is normal.

      Seems to be a bit more serious on some bikes than others, depending on how things go together.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Kiwi View Post
        Himm,,. Did you loosen off the axle pinch bolts and do the pump of the forks with the front brake applied movements?.
        What Kiwi and Carson said.

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        • #5
          Did you happen to check brake pad wear while the wheel was off?

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          • #6
            make sure the line on the axle lines up with the tube on the left side. Its shown in the manual if you need a picture.

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            • #7
              I did the fork pump with the brakes applied and the the axle line is lined up i do need to check the slider pins on the brake caliper and double check the pads i know when i ride it and stop hard using the front brake when i start up again the caliper and pad seem to be sticking on releasing

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              • #8
                Yeah I know it sucks but.. I would pull the calliper off and have a good look. Also check the fitting of the spacers, something is not quite right it appears.
                GL1800 8A - TRIUMPH SCRAMBLER 900

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                • #9
                  I'm going to tear into it this morning i appreciate all the help and will let you all know what i find..

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by indygoldwing05 View Post
                    I'm going to tear into it this morning i appreciate all the help and will let you all know what i find..
                    You can only put the spacers in the wheel one way due to their different diameters.

                    The Axle nut is the only thing that pulls the spacers tight through the wheel bearings against the right fork slider when you tighten the axle nut. (Now tighten the right slider pinch bolts)

                    The Left Fork Slider is the floater on the axle. The Slider should line up with the line you see imbedded into the left side of the axle.

                    You can gently pull the Left slider out to meet the axle line. (Then tighten the pinch bolts)

                    No need to bounce the bike when you can't see the line from the handle bars when you are bouncing the bike -LOL

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                    • #11
                      thanks everyone for your help i checked the brake caliper all was working. put it back together and after leaving the the left side loose as rocky suggested was able to pull the slider over gently and now all is good the calipers are both centered and working great. Thanks again for everyones help I really appreciate it Dan Indianapolis

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                      • #12
                        Great is now looking good and all in the right place.
                        Don't forget to scrub in that new tyre nicely.
                        GL1800 8A - TRIUMPH SCRAMBLER 900

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                        • #13
                          If you have a Fork Brace on, you have to loosen it up before aligning the axle. I had one 1800 that just would not line up on the rotor, and I just had to live with it. I had to take a rubber mallet and just move it over to not rub. It never premature wore out sliders or bushings either. It was just the way it was.

                          But one of the biggest overlooked items on replacing a front tire is the Fork Brace. It has to be loosened up. And once you tighten the axle all up, then re tighten the Fork Brace. And I do hope if you have one, that it is the multipiece one, and not the Super Brace, as they will cause binding more often than not.
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