getting front calipers off between rotor and wheel?

Discussion in 'Tech' started by turbulence, Aug 3, 2019.

  1. turbulence

    turbulence Well-Known Member

    so on newer bikes with big rotors and radial calipers, is there an easy way to get the caliper off the rotor to pull the front wheel? up until now, i unbolt the caliper and just wiggle it back and forth until it comes free.. but the backside of the caliper always hits the lip of the wheel and has scratched the wheel in the past. it also feels as though the pads are grinding on the edge of the rotor as i torque it out of there.

    there’s got to be a better way to do this.. am i supposed to pull the pads before sliding the caliper out of the way?

    what’s your technique?
  2. lopitt85

    lopitt85 Well-Known Member

    I do what you described, I just spread the pads pretty wide. Spreading them wider let's me get the calipers off without scraping the wheels
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  3. SPL170db

    SPL170db Trackday winner

    You should hear what they sound like when they're actually heavy braking if the sound of the engine wasn't drowning out the sound.
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  4. Phl218

    Phl218 Lemme ask my wife

    Cut a slot in the rotor. Makes removal really easy
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  5. turbulence

    turbulence Well-Known Member

    fuck. that seems pretty obvious. not sure why i didn’t think of that
  6. ryoung57

    ryoung57 Off his meds

    Put the caliper in a crown royal bag so it doesn’t scratch the wheel while I’m working it off.
  7. turbulence

    turbulence Well-Known Member


    i’m not sure if serious. it’s kinda genius.

    i put some painters tape on the rim to keep the caliper from scratching. seemed to mostly work.

    god bless the techs that have to do this on a daily basis.
  8. ryoung57

    ryoung57 Off his meds

    Hell yes I'm serious! It's perfect. Sadly, I can't say it's my original idea. I stole it from an old school mechanic at the shop I used to work at.
  9. turbulence

    turbulence Well-Known Member

    now i'm going to have to buy some crown :crackup:
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  10. lopitt85

    lopitt85 Well-Known Member

    Win Win !
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  11. buzz-06

    buzz-06 Well-Known Member

    If I’m not mistaken, if you bevel the leading edge of the pad material it should ease the removal of the caliper. I’m sure one of the endurance guys has a picture of what I’m describing.
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  12. Suzuka_joe

    Suzuka_joe Well-Known Member

    I have a 17 R6, I have to wiggle the caliper back and forth a tad spreading the pads to remove them easily. IDK if i'd bevel front pads
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  13. Phl218

    Phl218 Lemme ask my wife

  14. Phanuel

    Phanuel Well-Known Member

    Is that you Brock?

    Bevel the rear pads for sure though, much more of a pain in the ass when re-installing that wheel and way less critical braking power wise.
  15. buzz-06

    buzz-06 Well-Known Member

    I mean...if you’d like you can call fast frank and ask him if they bevel front pads, or any other endurance guys for that matter..... the facts are the op asked if there was an easier way to get the calipers off with bigger rotors, having a bevel on the pad will certainly aid in removing the calipers easier.

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