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Welcome to "TRIKER OX's" Tech Tips for TRIKERS & bikers. My first "Tech Tip" is going to concern "BRAKES". I've been asked by a fellow triker why he couldn't get a "Firm" feeling brake pedal, He told me his master cylinder was mounted low, well here it is in most cases, The master cylinder resivior is mounted lower than the wheel cylinders,Therefor when you apply the brakes, you let off the pedal ,the fluid runs back DOWN HILL to the master cylinder, thus leaving no preasure in the wheel cylinder to maintain Drag between the shoes or pads, and drums or roters leaving you with a "MUSHEY FEEL TO THE PEDAL"!!!!!!!! There is two simple solutions,
(1) Remount the master cylinder fluid resivior higher than the Wheelcylinders, depending on what type Mastercylinder you are using, in some cases it may cause you to have to fabricate a new M/C bracket,and,or brake pedal assyembley
(2) I saved the easyest cure for last!!! In some cases a "RESIDUAL PREASURE CHECK VALVE",can be installed between the mastercylinder, and the steel line going to your Brakes.This valve will hold a constant line preasure, to ensure a firm pedal. A check valve of this type is made by company's like "WILDWOOD" OR "TILTON" or Kelsy--Hayes.You can get them through most any speed shop or motor sports outlet
let me know by e-mail any problems?or questions??? and I'll get right on it ! later yall !