Brakes still spongy - Victory Forums - Victory Motorcycle Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-25-2015, 06:16 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
20isPlenty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Posts: 66
Default Brakes still spongy

I changed the brake pads on all three rotors on Saturday. I thought I did my due diligence, watched some videos and dove into the job. The pads were pretty easy to change but when I got on the bike to test them out, the front brakes didn't grab like they normally do. I know that sometimes bleeding the brakes is required, but normally I don't do it as long as the brakes work correctly. Well, I bled both rotors on the front, with the help of my wife, and they still aren't grabbing (fully). I bled them several times to try to make sure any air is out of the lines, replaced the brake fluid, used a pump to make sure there was no air in the lines, and STILL am not getting a good grab on the front. Did I miss something? I never cracked the brake lines when changing out the pads, so in my mind, bleeding the brakes shouldn't have even been necessary. Does it have something to do with the ABS? What else can I check? I have a ride coming up next week and I wan to be safe.

Stu D
USN (ret)
2010 Vision
20isPlenty is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-25-2015, 10:35 AM
Senior Member
 
RICZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Portland,Oregon
Posts: 12,056
Default

Did you sandpaper the pads before installing? That helps with break-in. Lay a piece of fine grit (200) on a flat surface and rub the pads on it.
The best and easiest way to bleed is with these...
www.speedbleeder.com
Order from them by phone to get EXACTLY the bleeders your bike requires.

2010 Midnight Cherry XR. 7Jurock, Lloydz AF, ATS, AFR tuned VFCIII, IAV, and T-6 and locally repacked pipes = big smiles. SOLD to a dear friend, so it's still in the family."
2017 Spyder F3 Limited - keeps this old guy in the wind and riding with friends.
Cure that ugly stand up license plate with the cheapest and best laydown bracket. Click this:
https://www.victoryforums.com/11-ven...t-x-bikes.html
RICZ is online now  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-25-2015, 12:07 PM
Senior Member
 
visionjohnny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: minnesota
Posts: 12,946
Default

on the front brakes are you bleeding the TOP bleeder. The center one is for the rear brake on the front caliper.
If there is air in the line letting it sit over night the air will be up at the master cylinder. So just barely squeeze the lever a 1/8" no more and that should release all the air out of the system.
It does take a good 50 miles for pads to wear inn

2008 Vision
Mpls, MN.

Please add your state and model of bike you have. Click user CP @ top of page and then far left click edit signature. Thanks
visionjohnny is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-25-2015, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
20isPlenty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Posts: 66
Default

No, I didn't sandpaper the pads- first I've ever heard of that. I bled from the top valve, per the videos I watched. A buddy of mine, Harley mechanic of many years, did try to bleed it from the banjo bolt by the reservoir. It seemed to help some.

I'll try bleeding it like you suggest. Are you saying to bleed it at the caliper, but just squeeze the lever slightly?

Stu D
USN (ret)
2010 Vision
20isPlenty is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-25-2015, 12:44 PM
Lifetime Premium
 
NOEMTZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: TEXAS
Posts: 1,565
Garage
Default

With the help of a friend and using only the rear brake lever, bleed right front then left front and lastly rear. Make sure rear brake res is topped off between bleeds so no chance of drawing air into line.

www.noemtz.com
Parts & Accessories, Grips, Pegs,Tail Lights, Clear Signal Lenses, Clutch Cable Repair Kits, Custom Tank Badges, Brake Pads, Led Conversions and installation, 12 Volt Adaptors, Chrome, Dyna Beads Wheel Balancing, Heel Blades, Kickstand extensions and much more!

"I Would Rather Die On My Feet, Than Live On My Knees...Emiliano Zapata - 1910"
I DONT PICK SIDES, GO WITH THE FLOW, OR PUT UP WITH BULLSHIT.
I RELY SOLELY ON MYSELF, BEAUSE I HAVE MY OWN BACK. NOEMTZ - 2010
NOEMTZ is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Victory Forums - Victory Motorcycle Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools Search this Thread
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome