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Squeaking Brakes

Any one have squeaky brakes on their V? I have 3000 miles on her now and the front brakes have squeaked from day 1. 09 Green FYI, didnt know if it being the faster Versys made it squeak or something.
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Mine is also green and squeeks some. Pads look fine.

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just to clarify, when i am braking hard intitially there is no noise but when i am about to come to a complete stop, like a fraction of a second before and i am letting off the brakes a little i will get the squeak. or if i am just lightly braking at slow speeds it will also squeak. Mechanic told me it was dirty pads and that kawi is known for the squeak but it would go away once they were used a little well that was at 1000 miles and still squeaking 2000 later.
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I had the same problem. Read on the forum that cleaning and lubing my bobbins would help... it did.


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I checked out the 2009 Kawasaki production cycle. The greens V's are made on Saturdays. This is usually after all of the premier quality parts have been used on the BLUE bikes, and what is left over is used on the green bikes. The green V's brakes make noice because they are inferior!

Also noted on Kawasakis site is the fact that the Blue bikes are faster.

OK - nuf of the BS - mine occasionally squeak as well


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But that doesn't explain why the Green V's are the fastest. Mine don't squeak...yet
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Use a brake cleaner to clean the brake bobbins.
Some KY jelly behind the pads can help.
I normally smoothen a bit the new pads before putting them in.

Metal sinter brakes squeak more than organic brake. But the bite is better.
Check your rotor if they are nice and smooth.
Sometime loose fitting brake pads in the brake pad also cause squeaks.

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Some KY jelly behind the pads can help.
ummm.... Oh never mind... Itís just too easy...

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MAybe jammed bobbins. Can we put the thread on Bobbin cleaning and maintainance as a sticky, It was posted sometime ago on how to service and clean the rotor bobbins.
Might be of help to all.

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+1 on making the bobbin cleaning a sticky that the project this wet/cold weekend
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ummm.... Oh never mind... Itís just too easy...
Was thinking the same thing....

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Dang, got a squeak on the ride in to work this morning. is that Karma or what?
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Dang, got a squeak on the ride in to work this morning. is that Karma or what?
Should I oil my squeaky brakes with WD-40 or Marine Grease?



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Hell spray down the whole bike with WD the stuff works! Ha! just kidding!
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Some KY jelly behind the pads can help.
I'll see if I have an extra bottle lying around the house somewhere

Mine are still squeaking. I'm going to WD-40 the bobbins tonight... I saw a thread where someone put a bolt with washers through each bobbin and twisted it while spraying. Sounds like it gives it a good cleaning. Wondering what size of bolt they use (this will avoid any trial and error work)

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Did the bobbin thing the other day due to my front brakes being very jerky coming to a stop, it worked. I only had 8 mm bolts but as long as you put good flat washers either side it will work, just tightned up with the socket ratchet and i sprayed brakecleaner and i kept turning, stiff for a start then came loose. Gave the rotors a good clean while I was there. was not keen on wd40 around brakes
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