1956 FLH Quest for better brakes

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1956 FLH Quest for better brakes

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Post by MMP-USA LLC » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:58 pm

Gents.

We are getting closer on the 56, this is to be a rider.

Thus the need to STOP is of great importance.

Believe we have a solution, without destroying the looks of the period.

Solution, Use Juice rear brakes and modify the backing plate.

We removed the orig backing plate A shaped plate by drilling out the rivets.

Then fabricated a new A shaped plate that has more distance between the axle and the backing plate lock bolt.

This allows it to fit the stock H-D Frame axle plates on the old mechanical style brake frames.

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Hope this helps others with same concern.

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Re: 1956 FLH Quest for better brakes

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Post by Cotten » Sun Apr 03, 2011 12:16 am

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You seriously think a hydraulic drum stops quicker than a mechanical drum?

Really?

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Re: 1956 FLH Quest for better brakes

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Post by DaveSwanson » Sun Apr 03, 2011 12:20 am

My mechanical 56 rear is a better stopper than my 69 juice.

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Re: 1956 FLH Quest for better brakes

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Post by james » Sun Apr 03, 2011 12:53 am

1952 FL front and rear mechanical brakes set up correctly stop just fine. No complaints.

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Re: 1956 FLH Quest for better brakes

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Post by Ripley/Fla » Sun Apr 03, 2011 1:40 am

Wow! The 'Correctors' sure can pile on! The last time I checked the reason there is more than one motorcycle is so you can do what you want with yours. The scooter looks good - ride safe.

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Re: 1956 FLH Quest for better brakes

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Post by Panacea » Sun Apr 03, 2011 2:11 am

I have no problem locking up the rear brake on my 51, and that was all I had on my 49 till I made a disk work on the early springer...Mike

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Re: 1956 FLH Quest for better brakes

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Post by indianut » Sun Apr 03, 2011 2:21 am

My first Machine Shop job was at a now gone place called Florida Brake and Clutch, where I learned how to PROPERLY set up brakes of all kinds. If your mechanical brake were to be set up Properly. With Proper Drum machining AND Proper shoe fitting (Cam Grinding), AND Proper Lining Material, the Stock brake will work PROPERLY!!

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Re: 1956 FLH Quest for better brakes

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Post by RUBONE » Sun Apr 03, 2011 3:52 am

My first Machine Shop job was at a now gone place called Florida Brake and Clutch, where I learned how to PROPERLY set up brakes of all kinds. If your mechanical brake were to be set up Properly. With Proper Drum machining AND Proper shoe fitting (Cam Grinding), AND Proper Lining Material, the Stock brake will work PROPERLY!!
Absolutely true and great advice. And remember, as soon as your wheel locks up, you have no brakes. Also, 70% of all MC braking comes from the front wheel, the reason why modern bikes put so much brake up front and why tire contact patch is so important!
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Re: 1956 FLH Quest for better brakes

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Post by DaveSwanson » Sun Apr 03, 2011 2:04 pm

Ripley/Fla wrote:Wow! The 'Correctors' sure can pile on! The last time I checked the reason there is more than one motorcycle is so you can do what you want with yours. The scooter looks good - ride safe.
No correcting here. My only intent was to remind that is not necessary to have "juice" for a good performing rear brake.

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Re: 1956 FLH Quest for better brakes

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Post by john HD » Sun Apr 03, 2011 2:14 pm

indianut wrote:My first Machine Shop job was at a now gone place called Florida Brake and Clutch, where I learned how to PROPERLY set up brakes of all kinds. If your mechanical brake were to be set up Properly. With Proper Drum machining AND Proper shoe fitting (Cam Grinding), AND Proper Lining Material, the Stock brake will work PROPERLY!!
exactly! i had to make my '55's rear brake work less well! then i learned about beveling the leading edges to prevent the brake shoes from self application!

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Re: 1956 FLH Quest for better brakes

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Post by Bigincher » Sun Apr 03, 2011 3:14 pm

I had a couple sets of OEM brake shoes relined a couple years ago at a clutch & brake shop. The choices for brake lining are many..! Softer material wears out faster but stops much better. So what if you have to change brake shoes a bit more frequently? This shop also arcs the shoes to the drum so they have a perfectly matching radius. I love my old mechanical brakes, I can 'feel' exactly how much of my foot is reaching the asphalt--- if that makes any sense...........

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Re: 1956 FLH Quest for better brakes

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Post by Cotten » Sun Apr 03, 2011 4:58 pm

MMP-USA LLC!

I think we all agree with you that brakes are of great importance, and they should be all that we can make of them.

Have you considered an anti-lock braking system to adapt?

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Re: 1956 FLH Quest for better brakes

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Post by JR JOHNSON » Mon Apr 04, 2011 12:01 am

just my 2 cents, the cast drum is better than the stamp steel drum,pulling a trailer on my 50 for years,you get 3 good brake attempts,than anti skid engages,then I'd machined a cast drum to fit a mechanical brake, worked well. had to modified the shoe and the drum a bit.but it works better than my 72 rear brake. just my 2 cents.........with respect.JR

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