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when i pull the right break handle (front breaks), sometime i have to pull it several times, 10 to 15 times before there is any tension in the line. what is this caused by and how do i fix it?
 

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selah86 I didn't notice that you had disc brakes when I posted my version of how to adjust a drum setup. Might as well leave it on here in case it helps someone with their setup.


Raise the front off the ground and remove both front wheels. Remove the red plugs from the front drums and use a light as you rotate the drum to locate the adjuster wheel. (2 on each wheel on each brake cylinder) Turn each adjuster to bring the shoes closer to the drum as you rotate the drum. You may have to experiment with the direction to turn the adjusters especially if they have ever been removed and re installed as they have both left and right thread directions. Adjust the shoe untill you feel it grab the drum as you rotate it. Then back it off one or two clicks.
When you have done this to all four shoes you should have a firm brake lever and good brakes. If you still need to pump the lever you will need to bleed the system. If the lever is fine but the brakes do not work well you will probably need to either clean the crap from the drums and shoes or even replace the shoes if they are worn.
 

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Hey H4 not sure if ya noticed, there are no frt Drums on a 07 Forman 500.
That is a Very good explaination though if you have frt drum breaks

If you have to pump the Frt Disc brakes then there is air in the lines witch will also give you a spongy feel OR Like the above post :)thumbup: James) if the wheel bearings are loose and the brake rotor is moving back and forth it will push the caliper pistons back into there bore and cause you to have to pump it to bring the pads out to the rotors. There are NO adjustments on disc brakes they adjust out as the pad wears. How it the pad material ?
Hope this helped.
 

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Hey H4 not sure if ya noticed, there are no frt Drums on a 07 Forman 500.
That is a Very good explaination though if you have frt drum breaks
My Bad Didn't notice the year of the bike. Just so used to always working on the drum brakes that I forgot about the discs on the newer bikes. I'll edit the post to avoid any confusion. (and to avoid looking stupid! )
 

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QUOTE ("ClassA64":eek:6g0tnp4)
Hey H4 not sure if ya noticed, there are no frt Drums on a 07 Forman 500.
That is a Very good explaination though if you have frt drum breaks
My Bad Didn't notice the year of the bike. Just so used to always working on the drum brakes that I forgot about the discs on the newer bikes. I'll edit the post to avoid any confusion. (and to avoid looking stupid! )[/quote]

Hey man NO need to feel stupid , there are alot more drums than discs out there ,just move your post to the How to section its good info for someone who hasen't done the drum brake adjustment before
 

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Are the times you have to pump up the front brakes usually after you have been in lots of mud? Mine does this all the time as the mud and debris, grass, whatever else is in the mud pushes the caliper away from the rotor further than usual. After you pump them up they are good for awhile until the next mudhole? If this is what you are experiencing it is normal and you just have to get into the habit of pumping them up after each hole to make sure they are there when you need them.
 

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come to think of it that sounds right...

im going on a trail ride this weekend so im going to take off my outlaws and run the stock tires. when i take them off im gonna be sure to have a good look at them and use the input yall gave me. thanks for the replies.
 
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