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Hello folks. On my 1990 goldwing/motortrike I have a loud chatter noise in the front wheel at slow speed. Break pads almost new, Wheel bearing changed. When you spin the wheel by hand noise is loud but at highway speed not noticeable. If calipers removed and spun by hand noise gone. Speedo drive makes slight noise. Removed cable and lubricated. Thanks in advance
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If calipers removed and spun by hand noise gone


Could it be the brake pads rubbing? If you apply the front brake slightly does the noise go away?


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Hello folks. On my 1990 goldwing/motortrike I have a loud chatter noise in the front wheel at slow speed. Break pads almost new, Wheel bearing changed. When you spin the wheel by hand noise is loud but at highway speed not noticeable. If calipers removed and spun by hand noise gone. Speedo drive makes slight noise. Removed cable and lubricated. Thanks in advance
Wheel axle needs adjustment in fork leg to maintain minimum clearance as in shop manual.
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Wheel axle needs adjustment in fork leg to maintain minimum clearance as in shop manual.
That makes sense. I had the forks off and rebuilt them. Had the noise before but it seems to be getting worse. I left the pinch bolts loose on the bottom held the front brakes and gave it some good bounces, Is there a better way to align them.
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If calipers removed and spun by hand noise gone


Could it be the brake pads rubbing? If you apply the front brake slightly does the noise go away?
The sounds changes some but don't go away. If you back the pads off by collapsing the pistons it goes away.
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1. Correct axle alignment.

2. Return hole in master cylinder open and clear.

3. Remove caliper pistons, clean and lube seals and pistons.

4. Lube caliper slide pins.
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1. Correct axle alignment.

2. Return hole in master cylinder open and clear.

3. Remove caliper pistons, clean and lube seals and pistons.

4. Lube caliper slide pins.
Return hole is open and clear. Replaced pads and lubed slide pins, Don' really want to remove pistons (if it's not broke don't fix it) and not sure on the alignment on the axle. Is there a way to check?
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It seems the pistons do not move in and out easily and equally. I would remove and clean them.
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Wheel axle needs adjustment in fork leg to maintain minimum clearance as in shop manual.

+1... The left brake caliper is probably hitting the Bolts on the brake rotor. Easy fix:


Steps:
1) Loosen Axle bolt.
2) Loosen all (4) pinch bolts.
3) Use (.020") shim to set gap, between left brake caliper (not the pad) and the brake rotor... or just verify Same Gap both sides of left caliper.
4) Tighten (2) pinch bolts on Left side.
5) Tighten Axle Bolt
6) Tighten (2) pinch bolts on Right side


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Return hole is open and clear. Replaced pads and lubed slide pins, Don' really want to remove pistons (if it's not broke don't fix it) and not sure on the alignment on the axle. Is there a way to check?
Seems to me you have a noise you want to eliminate....
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