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StormCloud601    Posted 03-22-2020 at 08:30:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Brake Adjustment

  • Happy Trails, God Bless. John

    "Woewoe" The 1948 8N

    Serial number 8N37762

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    When adjusting the brakes on Woewoe, The 1948 8N, I found the drums were not perfectly round. They are stamped, after all, not machined like automotive drums. The problem I incurred is that if the brakes are tightened up enough for a good pedal, ( mechanical brakes NEED to be tight to work proficiently) the brake would lock up at a certain point with the brake released. If the brake is loose enough not to lock up, you have a sloppy pedal that really only works when it hits the high point causing the wheel to skid. I work at O'Reiley's so I took my drums into the store and turned them. I had to remove between .050" and .060" to get them true but the resulting brake performance is amazing. I highly recommend this procedure.

    Mike Wilson    Posted 03-22-2020 at 11:04:38 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • The '51 had a similar issue. It's problem turned out to be a little slag on the hub, where the drum screws had been torched, not permitting the drum to seat squarely.

    John    Posted 03-22-2020 at 14:43:27 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Brake Adjustment
  • I can see that being a problem.

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