Weak front brake, modifications to help?

Joined
Dec 18, 2002
Messages
623
Likes
0
#1
Hi all i have a 1996 honda cr250 with fresh pads, clean disc with break cleaner and oil changed and bleed. It still feels mushy and you really have to grab the brake to stop. My dads gasgas stops immediately its a 98/9.
Would a braided hose help? Can you make a braided hose instead of paying 70+?
Can you service your brake resivor and calipor?
Would a part off a newer bike bolt directly on, might get a caliper on ebay? Cheers :thumb:
 

marcusgunby

Lifetime Sponsor
Joined
Jan 9, 2000
Messages
6,450
Likes
2
#3
Try this trick-push the caliper towards the disk to push in both pistons at the same time.Grab the disk to push against so you dont strain it.

Now pump the brake again till it firms up-you should find its alot firmer now.
 

Studboy

Thinks he can ride
Joined
Dec 2, 2001
Messages
1,818
Likes
0
#4
Marcus, I'm not clear on how exactly you mean to move the caliper towards the disc? Unbolt it?
 

Rcannon

Subscriber
Joined
Nov 17, 2001
Messages
1,886
Likes
0
#5
Richard, you can actually "push" the caliper towards the center of the bike. Try it! You'll be amazed.

It pushed the air and fluid "up" towards the master cylinder. Sort of an "on the fly" bleed.
 
Joined
Dec 18, 2002
Messages
623
Likes
0
#6
Thanks guys!! Rcannon i still do not fully understand your method, care to explain again in more detail, cheers?!!
Would a braided hose help somewhat?
 

D36-108A

Subscriber
Joined
Dec 3, 2002
Messages
367
Likes
0
#7
I have made braided hoses in the past (and trusted them braking into turn 11 at Sears Point) but I don't know where you can buy the individual hardware. It's pretty easy.

Here's a cheap trick: the night before you go riding, use a zip-tie or bungee cord to squeeze the lever and keep it held all night. Instant brake pressure in the morning. This trick got the pressure back in my KDX front brake after installing a braided line made it much worse than before.