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I just got back from the dealership about the front brake rub that I posted about a few days ago. The calipers are leaking. So, with parts and labor, the guy said I was looking at about $800. My bike is a 94 with 16k miles on it. It is worth maybe $2000. There are some calipers going on ebay for $60. So my question is are the front brake calipers on our bikes interchangeable through all the different years?

On Ron Ayers, they go for $219 for the left and $273 for the right.
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I just got back from the dealership about the front brake rub that I posted about a few days ago. The calipers are leaking. So, with parts and labor, the guy said I was looking at about $800. My bike is a 94 with 16k miles on it. It is worth maybe $2000. There are some calipers going on ebay for $60. So my question is are the front brake calipers on our bikes interchangeable through all the different years?

On Ron Ayers, they go for $219 for the left and $273 for the right.
$800????? That sounds like robbery!!

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Kinda sounds more like they just don't want to do them, so they gave you an outragous price.

I had my stator replaced for less than 1/2 of that price!!!

Yes, the calipers should be interchangable between years. The master cylinder is what's different.


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Also seems strange that BOTH caliphers are leaking....what are the odds of that happening?

I think I would take the bike somewhere else and get a second opinion.

If all is true, yeah, by the parts off ebay and do it yourself...not really a hard job and you have all us to help you.........




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good call KM, hard to believe both are leaking at the same time. Easy swap though.

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While it would save a bit of money, I don't know if I am comfortable doing it myself. It is the kind of thing that if I do wrong, I could crash and hurt myself. Maybe I am just lacking confidence. Maybe I just know my own limits.

Also, driving it home would terrify me.

They said that it would only take an about an hour of labor to do, so that isn't too bad. It is the brand new calipers and how they raise the price a certain percent that would get me.
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Well it is your money. The thing sounds real fishy to me, because if the caliphers are both leaking, you would think the brakes would not work, and would not be "rubbing" but be pretty damn silent.

And if they were leaking it seems you would have noticed brake fluid dripping off them....and still not sure why they would only rub when the bars are turned hard.

So I do suggest a second opinion, even if you can just find somewhen else near you that knows about bikes to look at it for you.


If you bought another set of calipher off ebay, would the shop put them on for you?

And why can't they rebuild the ones you have? where are they "leaking?"

Sorry, but too many unansered questions on this one.


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I just got back from the dealership about the front brake rub that I posted about a few days ago. The calipers are leaking. So, with parts and labor, the guy said I was looking at about $800. My bike is a 94 with 16k miles on it. It is worth maybe $2000. There are some calipers going on ebay for $60. So my question is are the front brake calipers on our bikes interchangeable through all the different years?

On Ron Ayers, they go for $219 for the left and $273 for the right.
Will fit from 85'-06'

Buy used from newer model.

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I replaced mine last fall for the same reason, both calipers were leaking. The left was worse than the right. the piston was at a slight angle and only applying pressure to half of the pad. Niether side dripped any fluid but they were wet. The brakes worked but the left one was dragging and I did not have the stopping power I had before.

I doubt they started to leak at the same exact time, but I would guess within a week or two. Since I already bought a complete setup off a 03' two tears earlier it was no big deal, 45 minutes later they were installed and bled.


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I rebuilt mine for a fraction of the cost with parts from cheapcycleparts.com It is not difficult at all, follow the Clymer Manual and you can't go wrong. Get yourself a set of speedbleeders to make the brake bleeding easier.

I see used ones on ebay all the time.

I'm inclined to think it's wheel bearings and not brakes. Don't take your bike to a dealership, find an independent shop and have them check it out.

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Does the front brake work properly, and slow you down?
Can you see any brake fluid leaking around the calipers or brake lines?

X2 to KM`s suggestion on getting a second opinion about the calipers?

If you really need new calipers, grab up the ones that lance found on ebay for $25 each.
Even if you decide to pay a shop for an hours labor to install them, instead of doing it yourself, you will still save hundreds of dollars.

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Find another shop. Really.
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