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  • Taking Calipers Off to Grease Sliders?

    I'm getting ready to take my front wheel off for a tire change and want to grease the sliders real good. On FredH's video he pulls one of the calipers off the mounting bracket to give easy access to the slider pins rather than just stuffing grease down the rubber boot. In the past when I've tried to pull my front calipers off they would not come off. I did not pull real hard after meeting resistance but they definitely did not want to come off. Should they come off or should I just try squeezing Greece down the rubber boots? Thanks much, Dan
    2007 dark blue Navi
    Traxxion "Mega Monty"
    IBA 54656


  • #2
    Dan, I don't think putting grease in the rubber boot is going to get that grease where it needs to be. Check the service manual for the correct method to remove the calibers and review Fred's videos. Mine have always just slipped out with a firm pull. I suspect there is a bolt you may not be removing.
    Harvey
    Ride Safe and Ride Often

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    • #3
      And watch out with grease and rubber parts. They don't always play well together.

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      • #4
        Not a good idea because the grease will attract brake dust which will gum up the slide. polish the slide pins and clean the holes through the calipers where the pins fit.
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        • #5
          Right or wrong unlike the recommended way, I use spray silicone on mine time to time. Drys and leaves no grease to collect dirt and sand. Use that silicone on lots of things, brake sliders, lever bushings, gaskets and grommets.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Kit Carson View Post
            Right or wrong unlike the recommended way, I use spray silicone on mine time to time. Drys and leaves no grease to collect dirt and sand. Use that silicone on lots of things, brake sliders, lever bushings, gaskets and grommets.
            Nothing at all wrong with using silicone.

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            • #7
              That may be the way to go Kit. I've taken the calipers off many times in the past during front tire change procedure. FredH showed in his video pulling the caliper off the caliper mount which then exposed the sliders for easy access. I could just never pull my calipers off their mounts in the past and always had to stuff brake caliper grease down the rubber boots which was a half ass job. If spray silicone will work just as well I will do that. Sounds a lot easier. Thanks to all, Dan
              2007 dark blue Navi
              Traxxion "Mega Monty"
              IBA 54656

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Kit Carson View Post
                Right or wrong unlike the recommended way, I use spray silicone on mine time to time. Drys and leaves no grease to collect dirt and sand. Use that silicone on lots of things, brake sliders, lever bushings, gaskets and grommets.
                I wonder if graphite spray (like used in locks) might last longer than silicone on the caliper slider pins? Don't know, just asking...

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                • #9
                  In order the grease the pins on the front left caliper you are going to have to bleed the brakes when you are done.

                  The rear wheel needs to be removed (Take lug nut off and just remove the wheel from the drive and let it rest under there while you get the caliper mount off the drive.)
                  Then you can slide the caliper off the caliper mount.

                  The front right caliper is the easiest of the three seeing the caliper just slides off it's mount after you remove the two 12mm head bolt securing it to the fork slider.

                  Honda has a stub built onto the banjo fitting on the front left caliper upper line ( for line orientation).
                  This fitting has to be removed from the caliper so you an get the caliper bracket off the caliper to clean out the holes of old grease to reapply new grease. (I clean them out with brake clean soaked Q-Tips)

                  Then you'll need to bleed the line.




                  Pin-Grease:
                  This stuff is waterproof and can take high heat so it doesn't melt under hard riding/braking. It's a gel type of grease that will let the calipers float like no other grease I have tried.(Made by Permatex)

                  http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/de...0411&ppt=C0139

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the info Rocky. Had no idea that much was involved.
                    2007 dark blue Navi
                    Traxxion "Mega Monty"
                    IBA 54656

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                    • #11
                      Plus 1 on what Rocky said

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