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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-19-2017, 09:34 AM Thread Starter
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New User with brake issue after rear tire install

Hi! New to the forum and so glad it is here! Changed my rear tire on my 02 vstar 1100 classic and now the rotor rubs on the brake caliper. It rubs on the side of the caliper that faces the wheel. Had it apart couple times to double check things and cannot see anything wrong. Anybody expierence this?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-19-2017, 10:47 AM
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Hi 02, welcome to the forum. I ride the 950 so I can't answer your question, however we have several 1100 owners here and they'll be glad to help you I'm sure. Please share some pics of your ride and let us know what you find out.


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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-19-2017, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I will post some once I get it back together fully.
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Welcome from Canada. I'm taking my wheels off tonight to have new tires installed so please keep us updated in case I run into this issue too.
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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-19-2017, 12:05 PM
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simple answer would be you do not have the wheel (axle) aligned straight with the frame.

Its also possible you might have hit the caliper with the rotor when you were putting the wheel back in and bent something, or knocked the brake pad loose.

The service manual normally recommends you take the calipers off when removing the wheel. Its easy to get the wheel off, but putting the wheel back on with the calipers in place its also easy to hit the pads with the rotor, unless you are really careful.
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-19-2017, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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I had the caliper off when removing and installing the wheel. The rotor is resting against the caliper and the inside edge of the caliper where the piston is hitting the rotor. I have the shaft fully engaged in the trans as far as i know. Is it a possibility i bent the caliper bracket when removing the wheel?

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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-19-2017, 03:23 PM
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the back end of the swing arm where you push the axle in is an open U shape (fork) on both sides.

its possible to push one side all the way in (the drive shaft side) and not have the other side centered. Look at the tire on both sides. Is it closer to one side than the other?

you may not have the wheel pushed in all the way on both sides, making it angled, which also makes the rotor crooked.

If this doesnt help take a photo of the caliper and rotor so we can see whats going on there.
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-19-2017, 09:33 PM
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another really simple thought occurred to me: the brake caliper sorta floats on its attachment and self centers on the rotor when you use it a few times. Since you had it off, the pads could have seeped in a bit, and when you put it back on it will seem like the pad on one side is rubbing / dragging?

If the pads look like they are straight on the face of the rotor, maybe you just need to step on the rear brake several times to re-center the caliper?
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Here is what we are looking at here guys.
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