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Old 30-09-2008, 10:34 PM
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Replacing Rear Brake Caliper 1989 FLHTC

I wish to replace my rear caliper and upgrade the braking with a caliper as fitted to the TC models 2000/05. Has anyone out there made this modification and if so could they advise what is involved?.
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Old 01-10-2008, 06:55 AM
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Re: Replacing Rear Brake Caliper 1989 FLHTC

2005 has a larger axe diameter so the 2005 mounting bracket will need sleeving to fit your axle for a start
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Old 01-10-2008, 12:32 PM
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Re: Replacing Rear Brake Caliper 1989 FLHTC

Tony,

When I replaced all my 1990 FLHS brakes a few years ago (13 inch front discs and Billet 6 calipers) I asked around at the time, but eventually stayed with the original caliper (a new one). It is a pretty beefy beast compared with a Brembo and I managed to lock it up briefly only a few days ago (oooops!). If it is in good shape save your money and give it a hug and a nice new stainless hose! The Brembo will have a smaller swept area and on that original rear disc (I fitted a new one of them too) would probably be out of its depth.
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Old 01-10-2008, 05:35 PM
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Re: Replacing Rear Brake Caliper 1989 FLHTC

the original hd caliper is basically a piece of **** having rebuilt and swaped calipers, rebuilt the master cylinder and changed the brake line the piece of **** stills tends to bind on periodically and especially if its hot

apart from replacement with something better, the other cure is to leave it with lots of slack and learn to ride with the front brake only

brembos, I have two on the rear of my panhead, they work great, tried it for a while with only one caliper hooked up and still better than an hd brake
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Old 01-10-2008, 11:03 PM
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Re: Replacing Rear Brake Caliper 1989 FLHTC

Kiwi's experience is obviously the complete opposite of mine! Can't fault it and never had any problems with it, works a treat. You can't get any more power than locking the wheel, which mine will do when pressed (that's a joke...).
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Old 01-10-2008, 11:14 PM
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Re: Replacing Rear Brake Caliper 1989 FLHTC

Thanks lads. You have given me food for thought. My original idea was inspired by the excellent rear brake on my 2004 Heritage.
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Old 02-10-2008, 07:17 AM
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Re: Replacing Rear Brake Caliper 1989 FLHTC

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Kiwi's experience is obviously the complete opposite of mine!
Got a box full of f***ed and useless hd calipers you are welcome to rebuild them and rend your magic touch on them
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Old 02-10-2008, 07:23 AM
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Re: Replacing Rear Brake Caliper 1989 FLHTC

You might find this thread helpfull
http://www.harley-davidson-hangout.c...-calipers.html
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Old 03-10-2008, 06:05 PM
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Re: Replacing Rear Brake Caliper 1989 FLHTC

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Got a box full of f***ed and useless hd calipers you are welcome to rebuild them and rend your magic touch on them
Kiwi,

That's a kind offer, but the one I have is just perfick! No magic required....
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