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GL1800 trike brake adjustments

Is there any way I can make an adjustment on the brakes. I have a 2012 1800 goldwing trike. California side car. I would like more rear braking
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I think you'll have to take that up with the trike builder.
Also, this would probably get more response in the trike forum.

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No need to move it to the trike forum, the issue is brakes... and that will get more attention right here.

Yeah, I just don't think anything will relate to the rear brakes of a two wheeler.

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No need to move it to the trike forum, the issue is brakes... and that will get more attention right here.
But not the same as 2 wheel bike brakes, the trike builders change all of that.
Anyway the brake pedal can be adjusted higher to give more brake action.

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This complaint seems to come up a lot on trike conversions!
Likely fix for more "rear braking" power is to have the system properly bled!!!!
If the installer did not do this correctly to start with, I might suggest a different place be used to get it right!
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I wonder if the splitter(proportioning valve) that they install with the trike kit is adjustable?I assume they disable the linked brakes,so they must use a different Prop Valve.

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[QUOTE=fatwing chris;3143697]I wonder if the splitter(proportioning valve) that they install with the trike kit is adjustable?I assume they disable the linked brakes,so they must use a different Prop Valve.[QUOTE]

Most of the trike kits don't add a proportion valve. I don't know that any proportion valve is adjustable either. Linked brakes stay hooked up on most trike kits. The kits today hook into both brake lines on the rear of the gl1800.
Few installers, though some will, run just the front calipers together off the front master cylinder as it's not recommended by the kit manufacturer.
The trike kits have a brass tee block on the rear end to send the fluid to both wheels as on a car or truck.

As to the op to adjustability of the rear brakes, only drum brakes can be adjusted. You didn't say if you have drum or if you have disc brakes on the trike kit. The installer should have fully bled out the brake systems at install. How long has the kit been on, time and miles?

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Sorry. The main reason I need more rear breaks is that I have no right leg and i am pulling a trailer.
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Sorry. The main reason I need more rear breaks is that I have no right leg and i am pulling a trailer.

So do you have some setup to work the rear brake or is it just working off the front?

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