Improving Drum Brakes

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Improving Drum Brakes

Postby spookefoote1956 » Sat May 04, 2019 5:13 pm

Any tips please? Fitted new shoes but very poor stopping power. :?
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Re: Improving Drum Brakes

Postby Rob Harknett » Sat May 04, 2019 6:32 pm

They take time to bed in, give it a run and keep brakes on a bit to clean off muck stuff, you may feel them start to bite.

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Re: Improving Drum Brakes

Postby spookefoote1956 » Sat May 04, 2019 6:58 pm

Would you avoid or advise the chalk and sandpaper treatment?
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Re: Improving Drum Brakes

Postby clive » Sat May 04, 2019 7:25 pm

spookefoote1956 wrote:Would you avoid or advise the chalk and sandpaper treatment?

Nah I would use chalk and cheese.
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Re: Improving Drum Brakes

Postby spookefoote1956 » Sat May 04, 2019 7:40 pm

I don't care how f*****g runny the camembert is!
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Re: Improving Drum Brakes

Postby oldandsmelly » Sat May 04, 2019 8:21 pm

I recently fitted new front brake shoes to my G80 and also cleaned and adjusted everything just like we're meant to. Initially, the brake was scary with faint retardation being just noticeable if I pulled on the lever with all my might. Now, 1000 miles later the front brake has improved to be just rubbish like it was before.

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Re: Improving Drum Brakes

Postby Dave T » Sun May 05, 2019 8:50 am

Do you "center" your brakes by applying them as you tighten the center nut up. I find it helps and even the slightest assistance is a boon with the naff brakes of the past.
Once centred the shoes will bed in to their best.
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Re: Improving Drum Brakes

Postby 56G80S » Sun May 05, 2019 2:47 pm

There are threads on how to improve the brake, a particularly good one with pics from Spriddler which worked for me. Give the Search function a go.

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Re: Improving Drum Brakes

Postby SPRIDDLER » Tue May 07, 2019 10:28 pm

Have a look at my post Dec 9th 2013:
viewtopic.php?f=17&t=12693&p=115566#p115566
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Re: Improving Drum Brakes

Postby spookefoote1956 » Wed May 08, 2019 7:50 am

Cheers Nev, much appreciated. :beer:
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