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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-08-2012, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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brake problems

O.k. I have an 02 ZZR 600. Every year that I have owned this bike I have had a problem with the front brakes sticking and dragging. I usually have to either bleed the system or extensivelly clean the calipers. Has anyone else had this same problem and if so is there something that I can do to remedy it all together? Thanks for any help.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-08-2012, 11:42 PM
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I recently looked up the same issue, how bad are yours dragging? If you have the front end off the ground and give the wheel a good hard spin by hand, how far does it rotate? I read on some other forums apparently its pretty common to only get 1 rotation out of the wheel that way.

How are you cleaning your calipers? I just recently got my project bike rolling and the calipers were really bad as well. I removed the pads, laid a long thick screwdriver down the center of the caliper and pumped the brake handle until all 6 pistons extended out and hit the screwdriver shaft. That allowed me to spray them with some simple green and use a plastic bristle brush to clean off that hard ring buildup they tend to get.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-09-2012, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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They are dragging bad enough that when I get stopped I can't touch the rotor and sometimes the caliper is too hot to touch. Usually I take an old set of pads and pump the pistons out then pull the calipers off and clean them with WD-40 and a toothbrush. I've been thinking about trying some autoparts brake cleaner. And sometimes just bleeding them will work. Oh and its an 06 ZZR 600 not an 02.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-11-2012, 02:12 AM
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Brake Pads Install- Sportbike Upgrades - YouTube

Make sure the springs are still installed that hold the pads off of the rotor. Then clean the pistons with dish soap and a toothbrush like in the video (pertinent info starts around 4 min). Don't use autoparts brake cleaner on the pistons near the seals.

When you turn your bike on, does it return the favor?
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