Let me start off with I am replacing the front rim because I have a pretty big ding in it. I got the new rim in the mail yesterday and I am pulling off the tire right now. I noticed the other day that my front brakes were screaming at me. I just bought new pads around the end of June this year or about 4k miles ago. obviously I thought this was too quick to be needing front pads. the side where the rim is bent is the side I need the new pads on. the other side is practically new.
I have two questions,
1. is it possible that because of the bent wheel, what I am seeing is the direct result of the bent rim or should I be looking at something else.
2. since the other side looks fine, can I get away with buying on one set of pads or am I asking for trouble by doing this. My first mind tells me to get both set of pads for the front.
It is my understanding that one of the front brakes on the 1500 works in conjunction with the rear brakes when you use the brake pedal.Unified brake system with the left front and rear disc. The hand brake operates the right front disc brake independent of the unified system.
If you use the foot brake the most or hardest, the left side front will wear more as it is tied into the frame maounted master cylinder along with the rear brake. If you use the front brake on the right handlebar a lot along with the rear, you might keep up.
It's not unusual for one side to wear faster as they are applied by seperate master cylinders. There is no reason on earth that prevents you from replacing each side only as needed.
Since they are not applied together from same input, and since they both apply on the same wheel that can only rotate one speed at a time and not pull right or left .... there is no brake balance" that you will upset.
4k miles is way to soon to wear out a set of pads.
You'll have to investigate why that caliper is dragging and I bet that once you find and fix the problem your fuel mileage will increase dramatically.
Pull the mounting pins that hold the pads/caliper in place,sand then with emory cloth and lube then with Anti-sieze.They allow the caliper to "float" so it can center itself as needed.If the caliper won't slide back and forth by hand,that could very well be your problem.
Also make sure the "piston" in the caliper will "push-in" plenty far enough to allow the pads to go over the rotor with ease.